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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.jackson@ywt.org.uk 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. 


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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



25/7/14 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.jackson@ywt.org.uk 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


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Kippax Dramatic Society


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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

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Garforth RUFC

Players and Sponsors Required for 2007/08

Contact Jon Fallas

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07974 833516 0113 2872262 

Kippax Historical Society

A History of Kippax

£14.95 from Kippax and Garforth Bookshops

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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

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