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2014-04-16  The Easter Egg Run

Four hundred motorcyclists rode the 41 miles from Squires Café at Sherburn to Lightwater Valley to deliver Easter eggs that will be shared between St Georges Crypt and the Yorkshire Children’s Centre at Mirfield. The eggs for St Georges Crypt will be given to residents of its two hostels and to local churches. The Egg Run was organised by Chris Eden who dressed in a chicken suit for the event.  

2014-04-16  Dinner dances at the Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn at Garforth is holding a series of dinner dance evenings in June. The first event on 6th June will feature the Swing Thing Vocal Duo and then on 27th June the Ultimate Boy Band Tribute Night . For more details contact the Holiday Inn  

2014-04-15  Optare Build Local AccessBuses

Sherburn bus builder Optare are to build seven low-entry minibuses to form part of the AccessBus fleet in West Yorkshire. The buses provide a door-to-door dial-a-ride service for passengers will limited mobility  

2014-04-15  Leeds Festival Draw Winners Reminder

If you are notified that you’ve been successful in the Leeds Festival 2014 draw, please send the correct amount (£40 per ticket) by cheque or postal order payable to Aberford and District Parish Council. Write your name and address on the back and send it to Ms J Sou, Clerk to the Parish Council, 3 Beech Walk, Adel, Leeds LS16 as soon as possible.  

2014-04-14  MP Success Over Fuel Duty Cut for Air Ambulance

Elmet MP Alec Shelbrooke has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to cut fuel duty for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service. Alec introduced the idea to the House of Commons in October 2010 and has since been lobbying Treasury Ministers to implement the measure. 

2014-04-14  Town Hit Two at Worksop

A great team display saw Garforth Town pull off a surprise 2-0 win away at Worksop Parramore in the Northern Counties East Premier league at the weekend. Worksop are standing fifth in the league and started the brighter but Garforth absorbed the pressure and always looked dangerous on the breakaway.  


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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



16/4/14 Kippax Kippax and Methley Ward Community Forum

16/4/14 Lotherton Hall Mad Hatter's tea party from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

17/4/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society talk - The Merville Battery Raid (interesting story of the raid) by Paul Bavil

19/4/14 Lotherton Hall Dawn Chorus walk at 6 am to identify birds by their call. Full breakfast is provided at end. Call 0113 378 2959 for more information and to book

20/4/14 Tesco car park Garforth Garforth and District Lions annual Easter Sunday Car Boot Sale from 8am. Cars are £7 and vans are £10

20/4/14 Garforth Town FC charity football match between TDX Group and the Emmerdale cast and crew football team. Admission is £3 on the gate with children free. Gates open at 1pm.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 Jets Badminton Club

Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre

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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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