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Welcome to goinlocal.co.uk.The community website for Leeds postal district LS25 - covering the Elmet villages of Garforth, Kippax, Aberford, Micklefield, Sherburn in Elmet, South Milford, Monk Fryston, Burton Salmon and Hillam .Bringing you details of local news, jobs, events, clubs, societies, websites, businesses and lots of useful information.
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2014-07-25 Worst Tailgating at Junction 47
A study of motorway traffic flow data by the Highways Agency has revealed that the M1 southbound carriageway at junction 47 near Garforth has the highest number of tailgating vehicles in England. West Yorkshire Police have reacted to this study by pledging to prosecute any motorist caught breaking the law.
2014-07-25 Dr Who Day at Library
Dr Who fans can test out their knowledge of Tardis and Dalek trivia at Garforth library on Saturday 26th July from 2pm to 3pm. Mark Wright, the co-author of Who-ology and The Quotable Doctor Who will host the event. Booking is essential on 0113 2243291, The event is free
2014-07-24 September Half Marathon in Sherburn
The latest addition to Yorkshire’s running calendar takes place at 9.30am on 7th September, a brand new half marathon starting and finishing at Sherburn Aerodrome. Almost half of the 1,000 places for the inaugural event have already sold out. Every entrant will receive a commemorative t-shirt and other goodies. More information about the race can be found at the website www.yorkvalehalf.com.
2014-07-24 Odd Job Men Hired
Aberford Parish Council has appointed a contractor to do lots of little groundwork jobs around the village. They will be cutting back vegetation at Jubilee Field, near the Play Area and at Strawberry Hill near the Royal Oak pub. The low boundary fence near the Play Area will be repaired and the notice board at the south end of the village will be refurbished shortly.
2014-07-23 Glow Worm Walk on Billy Wood
There will be a Glow Worm Walk on Billy Wood, Kippax on Friday 1st August from 9.30pm to 11.30pm. Families are welcome. Please note the paths are often steep and uneven and it can get quite chilly even in summer. Bring a torch if you have one. Contact Kara.email@example.com to book or find out more.
2014-07-23 Next Garforth Plan Meeting
The next meeting of the Garforth Neighbourhood Plan steering committee will take place in the Isabella Room at Garforth Welfare Hall on 24th July at 7pm. The meeting is for steering committee members only and not open to the general public.
Crime Statistics in LS25
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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
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
Goinlocal Visitors Up 22 Percent
Goinlocal wishes to thank the 168,378 visitors to the website in 2013. thirty thousand more than visited in 2012. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you again in 2014
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.
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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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
25/7/14 St Benedict’s Parish Centre St Benedict’s Friends On Friday group are holding a Right Royal Garden Party at 7.30pm The colour scheme is red, white and blue. Tiaras should be worn. Admission is £3.
1/8/14 Billy Wood Glow Worm Walk from 9.30pm to 11.30pm. Contact Kara.firstname.lastname@example.org to book or find out more.
2/8/14 Garforth skate park Skate Park Fun Day from 12 till 2pm. Entry is free
10/8/14 Squires Cafe, Newthorpe Car Boot Sale. Stallholders arrive at 8.00am and sales start at 9.00am. Stalls cost £8.
10/8/14 Lotherton Hall sixties themed summer picnic from 3pm
16/8/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Garforth and District Lions Annual Beer Festival from Noon to 11:00 pm. Please note this is an over 18s only event.
17/8/14 St Marys' Church, Micklefield Micklefield Male Voice Choir 3.00 p.m.
7/9/14 Sherburn Aerodrome September Half Marathon 9.30 am starting and finishing at Sherburn Aerodrome. More information at website www.yorkvalehalf.com.
13/9/14 Bird in Hand Garforth Race night in aid of the British Heart Foundation , first race starting at 7pm
13-14/9/14 Astley Lane, Swillington Largest dragline excavator in Western Europe will be on show from 2pm to 4pm
14/9/14 Squires Cafe, Newthorpe Car Boot Sale. Stallholders arrive at 8.00am and sales start at 9.00am. Stalls cost £8.
19/09/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society AGM
20/9/14 Scout Hut at Eversley Park Centre community litter pick in Sherburn from 10am to 11.30am. Bacon butties and hot drinks will be served afterwards for all volunteers from 11.30am till noon. For more information call Karen Packham on 681954
27/9/14 Miners Welfare Hall RNLI Coffee Morning
4/10/14 Sherburn High School FOSH Comedy and Curry Night
16/10/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society talk - 250 Years of Harewood House and the Lascelles Family by Suzanne Dunne
18/10/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall GADS Jumble Sale at 10.00am
1/11/14 Glebelands Garforth Garforth Lions Bonfire
15/11/14 Scout Hut at Eversley Park Centre community litter pick in Sherburn from 10am to 11.30am. Bacon butties and hot drinks will be served afterwards for all volunteers from 11.30am till noon. For more information call Karen Packham on 681954
16/11/14 Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Litter Pick 10am to 12noon
Kippax Dramatic Society
New Members Required
Actors and Backstage
2871693 or 2862834
Stop the Prison
Support Garforth Resident Association and Garforth Community Association in their campaign against the proposed prison
Garforth Jets Badminton Club
Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre
Tues. 8-10pm Fri. 8-10pm
Players and Sponsors Required for 2007/08
Contact Jon Fallas
Garforth RUFC Team Manager
07974 833516 0113 2872262
Kippax Historical Society
A History of Kippax
£14.95 from Kippax and Garforth Bookshops
New members welcome
Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society
Actors Wanted, Visit Website for Details
Garforth Musical Society
Require singers, men and women. Experience not necessary
Ring Lynne on 2868802
Kippax Amateur Operatic Society
Wanted - Men for Chorus
Interested? Ring Anne 2872129