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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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2014-03-09 Headline Acts for Garforth Arts Festival
The Levellers and The Wonder Stuff will be taking centre stage at the closing night Playground Party of Garforth Arts Festival this year. This is the tenth year of the festival and takes place from 30th June to 12th July.
2014-03-09 Race Night in Sherburn
As part of their Business coursework students at Sherburn High will be holding a Race Night in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Friday 28th March. Doors open at 6.30pm and the racing starts at 7pm. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children and include a free drink. There will also be bingo and a raffle, food will be available all evening and there will be a licenced bar. For tickets call 07545 746976
2014-03-08 Laugh at the Clowns
The Sandow Clowns All Laughter Show is appearing at the Garforth Welfare Hall on Saturday 29th March with one 80 minute performance at 2.pm as part of their Clowning for CLIC Sargent All Profit tour. It is the best value clean slapstick comedy on stage for all the family with hilarious comic sketches, juggling, balancing, stilt walking, comedy musical car, stage participations and lots of prizes. Tickets are on the door from 30 minutes prior at £3.50 for adults and children aged three years and over, free for two years and under. Info line 0796 993 3236. CLIC Sargent is a leading national charity that cares for children and young people with cancer and their families - in hospitals and in the community.
2014-03-08 Giving Blood in Garforth
There will be a blood donor session at the Holiday Inn Garforth on Monday 17th March. The opening times are 14:00 - 16:00 and 17:00 - 19:30. You can attend these sessions with or without an appointment. To book an appointment, please call 0300 123 23 23
2014-03-07 Dark Street Lights in Garforth
Nearly forty street lights are out in several streets around Garforth, with Wakefield Road and Bar Lane badly affected. The problem has been diagnosed as a section fault. Northern Power Grid have been informed of the problem and will attend in due course
2014-03-07 GADS Quiz Night
Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society are holding a Quiz Night at The Miners’ Welfare Hall on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm. Entry is £6.50 pp including snacks. Bring your team, drinks, glasses and brains and have some fun! To book phone Janet on 0113 2866358 Contributions for the raffle will be very welcome.
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
10/3/14 The Gaping Goose Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society will be holding play readings at 7.30pm . Everyone is welcome
13/3/14 Brigshaw School Dance Showcase
15/3/14 Garforth Miners Welfare Hall GADS Jumble Sale at 10.00am
17/3/14 Community Centre off Church Lane in Great Preston Police drop-in meeting to discuss residents’ issues. The meetings start at 10.30am
18/3/14 Leeds Civic Hall Area Committee Meeting 4.00pm
20/3/14 The Community Center, Church Gardens, off Church Lane, Garforth Garforth Historical Society talk - The Gunpowder Plot (the story behind the plot) by Gawain Cole
23/3/14 Eversley Park Community Centre Sherburn Sports Relief Sherburn Mile There are two start times - 11.00am and 12.00am and 3 distances - 1,3 or 6 miles.
24/3/14 The Gaping Goose Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society will be holding play readings at 7.30pm . Everyone is welcome
31/3/14 Sy Mary's Parish Centre Garforth Old Garforth - an evening with Stuart Clark 7pm tickets £4 incl refreshments
12/4/14 Miners Welfare Hall RNLI Coffee Morning
13/4/14 Miners Welfare Hall Garforth Litter Pick 10am to 12noon
14/4/14 The Gaping Goose GADS Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm
15/4/14 Garforth Academy Garforth and Swillington Ward Community Forum
16/4/14 Kippax Kippax and Methley Ward Community Forum
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
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
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