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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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2014-09-16  Aberford Albion are being Badgered

The Bunkers Hill ground of Aberford Albion football club is under night time attack from badgers. The club spent £2000 in the summer on their playing surface but after just one home game the pitch is unplayable. The club is in talks with the league about rescheduling home games so that the pitch can be allowed to recover. 

2014-09-16  Charity Coffee Morning at St Benedicts

There will be a Coffee Morning and Cake Stall in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in the Narthex at St Benedicts on Friday 26th September from 10am to 12noon. 

2014-09-15  Kaos Present Snow White

The next production by Kippax Amateur Operatic Society at Castleford Phoenix Theatre will be the Christmas pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The production will take place in January. Dates to be announced 

2014-09-15  Sherburn High School Open Evening

Sherburn High School is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 18th September from 6 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. There will be presentations by the Head Teacher at 6.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m 

2014-09-14  Garforth Town Draw

Garforth Town FC drew 2-2 at home to Nostell Miners Welfare in the Northern Counties East Premier League on Saturday. Town trailed twice before getting a second equaliser in the 88th minute of the game  

2014-09-14  WW1 Memorabilia Display

Kippax Methodist Church is hosting a First World War memorabilia display on the weekend of 8th and 9th November. For more details email bropatri4@aol.com 

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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

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.  

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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.

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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

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 Events

16/9/14 Oriel Room, St Ricarius Parish Church, Aberford Aberford Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

17/9/14 St Benedict’s Parish Centre An evening of chocolate making, music and a late afternoon tea. Admission by ticket only - £6

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

20/9/14 St Benedicts School St Benedict’s Leukaemia walk will take place at 10am. Entry is £5 and includes drinks and scones.

20/9/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Neighbourhood Planning Forum AGM from 10am to 12noon. Everyone who lives and/or works in Garforth is invited to attend.

26/9/14 St Benedicts Narthex Coffee Morning and Cake Stall in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support from 10am to 12noon.

27/9/14 Miners Welfare Hall RNLI Coffee Morning

27/9/14 Fairburn Ings Stargazing night from 7pm to 10pm

28/9/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Garforth in Bloom Bulb Planting Day, meet at 9.30am and return after the planting for free bacon butties and tea or coffee.

4/10/14 Sherburn High School The 3rd Comedy and Curry Night at 6.30pm till 11.00pm. Tickets from Stuart and Debra Haskell on 01977 681679 or at the Saffron restaurant and cost £20 each.

4-5/10/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall GCA Craft Show

9/10/14 Selby College Sports Hall 4th Annual Selby District Jobs Fair. For more information call 01937 838088

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

8/11/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall Macmillan cancer support Christmas Fayre from 10:00 until noon.

8-9/11/14 Kippax Methodist Church First World War memorabilia display

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

 

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

Garforth RUFC

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

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