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2014-08-30  Bakery Burglars Disturbed

Burglars removed bricks from the back of a bakery on Main Street Garforth in an attempt to break in last Sunday night. The burglars were disturbed at the back of Greggs Bakery and fled in a blue Mondeo. Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 

2014-08-30  Mike Brings Vital Equipment to Main Street

Mike Devlin from Garforth will be tackling the Leeds Triathlon at Roundhay Park on 14th September to raise money to buy three defibrillators. When Mike realised that his company UK Safety Management Ltd did not have this equipment he decided to raise the money for one via the triathlon and he has been so successful with sponsorship that he will be able to buy three and one of those defibrillators will be positioned on Garforth Main Street. 

2014-08-29  Police Appeal for Bike Accident Witnesses

Police have named the biker who died in a crash with lorry on Whitehouse Lane, Great Preston last Friday.43 year old Charles Page of Great Preston died at the scene. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 

2014-08-29  Ram Raiders Strike on Bank Holiday

Ram raiders disabled CCTV before breaking into the premises of BPS Print and Design in Swillington by reversing through the shutters. The raid took place on Bank Holiday Monday. The thieves got away with cash and a mountain bike as well as the CCTV disk. Police are appealing for anyone with information about the raid to call 101 

2014-08-28  Garforth Club Closes After 128 Years

Garforth Liberal Club on Main Street has closed down after the owners filed an eviction notice against the tenants following a dispute over the payment of business rates. The club, which has over 400 members, was founded in Main Street in 1886.  

2014-08-28  Lions Help Local Hospices

Garforth and District Lions Club have made a donation to a number of local hospices from funds raised by their various activities. The Lions have donated £500 to each of St Gemmas, Wheatfields, Martin House and the Prince of Wales hospices.  


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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



6/9/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall The 34th Annual Garforth Flower and Vegetable Show from 10am

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

12-13/9/14 Community Centre, Old Vicarage Lane Monk Fryston and Hillam Beer Festival starts at 6pm on Friday until 11pm, then continues on Saturday from 12 noon until 8pm.

13/9/14 St Marys Church Kippax Kippax Brass Band Bi-Centenary Concert . The event will start with wine and cheese at 6.30pm, concert will start at 7.30pm. Admission £7.50 or £6 for the concert only.

13/9/14 Eversley Park Centre Elmet Lions are holding an event for the Martin House ’Good Night Sleep Appeal’ featuring Live band Soul’d Out and local DJ Paul Barraclough. There will be a bar, a charity auction and a raffle. Tickets £20 per person or £180 table of ten. 7.30pm. For tickets and more information contact Ann Hudson on 01977 680836

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.

14/9/14 All Saints Church Sherburn High Notes Junior Choir annual concert at 3pm.

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

27/9/14 Miners Welfare Hall RNLI Coffee Morning

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.

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

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


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Garforth RUFC

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07974 833516 0113 2872262 

Kippax Historical Society

A History of Kippax

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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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