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2014-04-24  Kippax Brownies at Thirty

The 4th Kippax Brownies will be holding a fair at Kippax Methodist Church on Saturday 26th April to celebrate their 30th Birthday. The event, from noon to 4pm, will include craft stalls, cakes, drinks and tombola.  

2014-04-24  Become a Ranger

Garforth Rangers FC are holding trials for new players aged 4 to 16 at Garforth Academy on Saturday 14th June from 10.30am  

2014-04-23  St Aidan’s In Limbo

The RSPB is scaling down its involvement with St Aidan’s nature reserve as a result of the on-going issues about ownership of the land. The visitor centre and car park have been closed. The reserve was opened in 2013 under the belief that the transfer of the land to Leeds City Council and subsequent 99 year lease of the land to RSPB was imminent. The public can however continue to use the 12 km of public footpaths, bridleways and cycle tracks whilst the problems are being resolved.  

2014-04-23  A64 Delays on Friday Morning

One lane of the A64 westbound will be closed near Bramham overnight on 24th April and much of 25th April whilst electrical works are completed. Rush hour traffic is likely to be affected during the morning.  

2014-04-22  Classical Chamber Music at Lotherton Hall

There will be a young artist recital in association with the College of Music featuring Adam Golding (baritone) and Beth Temperley (piano) at Lotherton Hall on 4th May 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Ticket prices include tea and cakes and admission to the Hall. Car parking is free with pre-booked tickets. Tickets are £11 (£9.50 concessions), £20 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children). For tickets telephone 0113 378 2959.  

2014-04-22  Allotments Available

There are currently two half plot allotments available to rent in Great Preston. For more information contact Andrew Bee at andy120462 @hotmail.co.uk  


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Garforth Medical Centre

The Medical Centre has changed its appointments phone number. The new number is 08444 773293

Gibson Lane Medical Practice

The Gibson Lane practice is introducing an on-line appointments system for its Garforth, Kippax and Monk Fryston surgeries. more

Jessamine Cottage Surgery

New number for appointments ring

 0844 477 3295

Letters Page

Her family lived at 61 Selby Road...Her name was Anne Louise Lawrence....Juanma Campos‘

Four years is more than long enough...Brian Bell

The current situation is worse than it was prior to the lights been fitted ‘....Jonathan Fallas‘

Promotion this year is our first since 1993/94 season..Jon Fallas

’I would be more than happy to sit around a table with everyone concerned and sort out this problem’... Chris Makin

‘any news on the former site of Barleyhill Infants school’ .... Rachel

‘The proposals to improve Kippax centre are in general very good..’

Paul S Smith

Bus to Lotherton....’shame it does not pick up in Kippax’ ..... Christine

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Kept in the Dark Again 

The council’s decision to pilot the scheme to turn off the street lights in Garforth and Swillington has been taken without consulting or even warning the communities involved. The saving in this area will be about £15,000 a year. According to Department of Transport figures a slight accident on an urban road incurs a cost of £17,400 and a serious accident costs £174,900. So one single minor accident directly attributable to the lack of street lighting in Garforth will cost more than the entire annual saving. According to Government figures on the unit cost of crimes a burglary costs £3,925, a vehicle theft costs £4,970 and a homicide costs £1.774 million. Whilst the turning off of street lights might save the council a few pounds, events arising from that action will more than likely incur much larger costs on other agencies. Agencies that we as tax payers would still pick up the tab for. Councillor Richard Lewis hopes people will not really notice much of a difference but informs us the council will have the flexibility to turn the lights back on again if major problems arise. He doesn’t sound very confident at all, so why are the residents of Garforth and Swillington being used as guinea pigs? Shouldn’t it be trialled in Pudsey where Councillor Lewis can be held accountable to his electorate if a wave of burglaries, muggings and hit and runs occurs as a result of this amazingly dim policy. And why have the Garforth and Swillington councillors allowed their ward to be used as a testing ground that could have fatal results for some of its residents? Have they dropped the ball again?  


Does Garforth Need a Parish Council? 

At a 10 minute open floor session of Garforth and Swillington ward meeting in July 2013 the question was asked ‘What does the forum think about Garforth having a parish council?’ The conclusion of the 18 attendees, including 3 representatives of other parish councils and just three residents, was that they were not sure if the town would benefit from this as it already has a robust city council representation. There is no doubt the Garforth councillors are hardworking both for the ward and for the city as a whole but so are the councillors representing Kippax, Aberford and Swillington, where there are parish councils to support them. An Evening Post poll conducted in October 2007 on this very subject revealed that 68 per cent of Garforth residents were in favour of a town council. Why the ward councillors are prepared to work with Swillington Parish Council but don’t think one is needed in Garforth is a mystery. If Garforth had elected a town council then it would have been in place to take on the leisure centre and run it full time as a community asset. A Garforth town council would have created and submitted a town plan for future housing development, just as neighbouring parish councils have done. Instead there is now a part-time leisure centre and in the absence of a town plan every field around Garforth has been nominated by the council as a potential site for housing. Robust or not, the ball was definitely dropped on these occasions and it is clear that our councillors need a reliable parish council behind them to ease the burden. Political dogma should be put to one side and what is best for Garforth residents should be their first consideration. Garforth needs a parish council again.  


Local Heroes

Sixty seven years ago last September the second world war started. Whilst it is just history to most of us, to many of our oldest residents it was a terrifying reality. Everyone who lived through it has his or her own personal memories of those historic events. If you have a story, why not share it with us. Send it here.

Meanwhile here is Charlie’s War

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Business News


2013-02-17  Seventy New Jobs Come to Garforth 

2013-01-31  Big Win for Optare 

2012-12-23  Contract Win for Sherburn Bus Builder 

2012-12-11  Chequers To Open on Sundays



25/4/14 Firthfields Community Centre, East Garforth Firthfields Community Association Annual General Meeting 8.30pm Everybody welcome. Refreshments will be served.

26/4/14 Kippax Methodist Church 4th Kippax Brownies fair to celebrate their 30th Birthday from noon to 4pm, will include craft stalls, cakes, drinks and tombola.

26/4/14 Cricket club on Church Lane Garforth RUFC’s Presentation Evening 7.30pm.

30/4-2/5/14 St Mary's Church Garforth St Mary's Youth Theatre present The Passion 7.30pm tickets £5

29/4-3/5/14 Phoenix Theatre Castleford Kippax Amateur Operatic Society will be performing Fiddler on the Roof from 29th April to 3rd May.

4/5/14 Lotherton Hall Classical Chamber Music , young artist recital in association with the College of Music featuring Adam Golding (baritone) and Beth Temperley (piano) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

15/5/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society talk - Crime Scene Investigations by Gillian Donnelley

17/5/14 Miners Welfare Hall RNLI Coffee Morning and plant sale

13-17/5/14 Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Musical Society present The Sound of Music from 13-17 May – with a matinee on the 17th.

17/5/14 St Benedict’s Parish Centre Murder Mystery Evening presented by Kippax Dramatic Society. Admission is £10 including supper. Entrance by ticket only. For tickets please contact Catherine Simpson on 0113 287 0562.

18/5/14 Sherburn Autodrome Motor Show at Sherburn Autodrome

18/5/14 Firthfields Community Centre Firthfields Gardening Club is holding a plant sale from 10am to noon.

6/6/14 Holiday Inn Garforth Swing Thing Vocal Duo Dinner Dance evening

7/6/14 Kippax Legion Club Kippax Legion Club anniversary show

14/6/14 Garforth Academy Garforth Rangers FC are holding trials for new players aged 4 to 16 at Garforth Academy on Saturday 14th June from 10.30am.

19/6/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society talk - People Who Perform, the Artistes (Memories of the Variety Club) by Geoff Driscoll

27/6/14 Holiday Inn Garforth Ultimate Boy Band Tribute Night Dinner Dance evening

28/6/14 South Milford Memorial Playing Fields Picnic in the Park 2014

28/6/14 Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Garforth flood support group Coffee Morning 10am to 12noon

29/6/14 Glebelands Garforth and District Lions Summer Gala opens at 11.00am and family entry is by programme, costing £1.50.



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Kippax Dramatic Society


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Stop the Prison

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Garforth RUFC

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Kippax Historical Society

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Garforth Musical Society

Require singers, men and women. Experience not necessary

Ring Lynne on 2868802

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Interested? Ring Anne 2872129

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