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2019-06-16   Ready to Go Again

Garforth Town’s busy pre-season schedule kicks-off on Friday 5th July at Huntington Rovers. North West Counties League side Shelley awaits on Tuesday 9th July, followed by Ilkley Town four days later. The Miners visit last season's FA Cup opponents Northallerton Town on 13th July, before a "Harrogate double" sees them host Railway on the 19th, followed by a short journey to their neighbours Town on the 25th. The final match is at home to Nostell MW on the 27th, before the league season proper begins on Saturday 3rd August. 

 

2019-06-15   Dick Whittington

Garforth Musical Society’s Christmas pantomime will be Dick Whittington. Performances will take place at the Miners Welfare Hall from Tuesday 3rd December to Saturday 7th December. The show start at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 and go on sale from 21st October at SPT Uniforms on Main Street 

 

2019-06-15   Kippax Teenager Skydives for Air Ambulance

Teenager Leah Bell from Kippax who lost her dad and brothers in a road traffic accident 10 years ago has celebrated their memory by taking part in a 10,000ft skydive, raising more than £1,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Leah was only seven-years-old when she and her family were involved in the collision, in which she sustained a number of severe injuries. She said “I did it to say a massive thank you to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for their efforts in trying to keep my dad and brothers with me.” 

 

2019-06-14   Garforth Gala Stalls

There are gala stalls available for the Lions Garforth Gala on Sunday 30th June at Glebelands from noon. Commercial or charity rates apply. Contact Martin Egginton on mandmeggy@ btinternet.com for an application form 

 

2019-06-14   That’s the Spirit

The Spirit of le Tour de Yorkshire award recognises an individual, community or business that fully embraced the essence of the Tour, and Paul Flintoft from Kippax is this year’s worthy recipient. Paul worked tirelessly to bring Kippax together ahead of the race and his butcher’s shop on the High Street became the nerve centre the village’s unbelievable support. 

 

2019-06-13   Best Dressed Again

The winners of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire Best Dressed competition have been confirmed by race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire. For the second year in a row Kippax has won the Best Dressed Village award  

 

2019-06-12   Bloomin’ Well Done

Garforth in Bloom’s Summer Fair at the Miners Welfare Hall last Saturday has raised over £900 for their funds 

 

2019-06-12   Girls Football Taster Session

Garforth Rangers are holding a taster session for Under 7 girls at Ash Lane Garforth on Saturday 15th June from 10am to 11am. Garforth Rangers have girls teams from Under 7s through to Under 15s and play in the West Riding Girls League 

 

2019-06-11   Celebratory Concert

The VivaVox Choir presents a 5 Year Celebration Concert at Kippax Band Club on Sunday 7th July to celebrate 5 years of the VivaVox Choir. Tickets are £8 including supper. Call 07951 572163 for more information 

 

2019-06-11   Arrest Scam Warning

North Yorkshire Police have seen a recent increase in residents being called by someone claiming to be from Law Enforcement or the HMRC claiming there is a warrant out for that person’s arrest. The caller will claim that unless an immediate payment is made, the person will be arrested and/or his house visited by court bailiffs and property removed. This is a scam. Do not respond to the caller’s demand for payment. 

 

2019-06-10   Farm Break-Ins

Overnight on 5th June two farms in Barkston Ash, Selby noticed someone had been into their farm yards overnight. The first one noticed doors to the grain store were open and the other farm had locks broken to gain entry. Nothing is believed to have been stolen at this time. If you have any information please call 101 and quote reference no: NYP-06062019-0600 and NYP-080620190143 

 

2019-06-10   Kathryn Fielding BEM

Kathryn Fielding from Kippax has been given the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work in bringing sport to the lives of blind and partially-sighted people across Yorkshire. She has led the development of goalball across the UK supporting the 36 clubs that are running. 

 

2019-06-09   Dementia Roadshow

An NHS dementia roadshow will be held at Kippax Community Centre from 10am to noon on Thursday 27th June. People are invited to come along and learn about dementia, how to seek a diagnosis and find support to live with the illness. 

 

2019-06-09   Councillor Facing Official Complaints

Garforth and Swillington councillor Sarah Field is under investigation after transgender activists lodged complaints about a speech she gave during a meeting at Leeds Civic Hall, when chairing a session organised by women’s rights group Leeds Spinners. Leeds City Council say the complaints are being considered in line with their complaints procedure. 

 

2019-06-08   Kennet Lane Housing Plan Dropped by Builder

An appeal by Redrow to the Planning Inspectorate regarding the Council’s decision preventing construction of 52 dwellings on vacant land off Kennet Lane, Garforth has been withdrawn by the builder and no further action will be taken on the Appeal. 

 

2019-06-08   Clip’n Climb

A planning application has been submitted to allow Clip’n Climb to open an international indoor climbing centre at East Side Retail Park off Aberford Road in Garforth. The shop unit involved is situated between the Sue Ryder shop and Home Bargains. This requires a change of usage class for the premises from A1 to D2 

 

2019-06-07   Local Beer to Star at Leeds Festival

Garforth based Quirky Ales is one of 11 local breweries taking part in the Leeds Beer Festival. The event runs until Saturday at Leeds Becket Students Union 

 

2019-06-07   Courier Scam Warning

North Yorkshire Police have revealed that Courier Fraud is a common scam seen regularly in this area. The conmen say there has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved. The victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation. A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the money, bank card or goods the same day. 

 

2019-06-06   Charity Football Match

Leeds East Academy staff played against Garforth Academy staff in a charity football match. The score was 2-1 to Garforth and the event managed to raise £140 

 

2019-06-06   Kidzone for Special Needs Kids

Kidzone in Garforth is running regular sessions for children with special education needs. The next ones will be on Wednesday 26th June and Wednesday 17th July from 3.30pm to 6pm. Admission is £2 

 

2019-06-05   Macmillan Coffee Morning

There will be a Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning at the Garforth Welfare Hall on Saturday 22nd June. For more information call 07802 333472, 

 

2019-06-05   Threat to Visiting Services

A fundraising campaign has been launched to raise £20,000 to avoid services for lonely and isolated older people being cut back or withdrawn. Sherburn Visiting Scheme has been helping people for 30 years, providing Meals on Wheels, shopping buses, transport to medical appointments, social afternoons, day trips and a memory cafe for people suffering from dementia. The long term future of these services has been put at risk following the total loss of funding support from North Yorkshire County Council. 

 

2019-06-04   Sherburn Camera Club

Club members meet on a Monday evenings at 8 pm at the All Saints Church Hall and every Thursday they travel to different places of interest. They have speakers attend on a Monday evening to talk about different aspects of photography and a number of competitions are held through-out the year. New members are always welcome and they provide help and advice covering all aspects of photography. 

 

2019-06-04   Parish Council Vacancies

There are currently two vacancies on Micklefield Parish Council due to insufficient nominations at the recent election. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, please write to the parish council and include a few details of why you would like to become a councillor. Deadline for written applications is Wednesday 19th June 2019  

 

2019-06-03   Table Top Sale

There will be a table top sale at St Mary’s Church Hall Kippax on Saturday 8th June. If you want to book a table at £15 call 0113 2864768 

 

2019-06-03   Garforth Feastival

The third annual Garforth Feastival takes place on Saturday 13th July. The event showcases and celebrates great independent food and drink businesses in and around the area. 

 

2019-06-02   The History of Writing and Printing

Garforth Library will be hosting Rhian, the Collections Manager at Leeds Central Library on Monday 3rd June, from 1.30 to 2.30pm, for a wonderful talk about the history of writing and printing. For more information call 0113 3785005 

 

2019-06-02   Free Yoga

Yoga for Health is running a free 6-week yoga course at Garforth Library, starting Thursday 13th June from 9.30 to10.30am. This course is great for newcomers to yoga as the instructor will take everything at a gentle pace. To book a place phone 0113 224 3291 

 

2019-06-01   Allez Liz

Liz Ness, who used to be a primary teacher at Aberford Junior School, enjoys languages so much that she has launched weekly French lessons for fellow residents at Windsor Court care home in Wetherby. Now in her early seventies, Liz is passionate about French and studied it at college. 

 

2019-06-01   Rush Hour Rail Chaos

Thousands of passengers faced long delays and cancellations after all lines were closed at Leeds station on Thursday morning. All trains running to and from the busy station were suspended at around 7am after concerns were raised about a man who British Transport Police said was in 'a precarious position'. Some passengers were stuck on trains waiting outside the station for several hours. Lines were reopened shortly after 11am, after the man was brought to safety and detained under the Mental Health Act 

 

2019-05-31   Wedding Fair

The Holiday Inn Garforth is holding a wedding fair on Sunday 9th June from 11am to 3pm.  

 

2019-05-31   Prickly Couple at Lotherton

Lotherton Hall’s Wildlife World attraction has taken possession of two African Crested Porcupines. They are thought to be a male and female pair. The porcupines have been joined at Wildlife World by a group of hyraxes, who have also newly arrived on the site. Hyraxes are a small breed of mammal found in Africa which is distantly related to elephants and manatees. 

 

2019-05-30   NPT Drop In

There is a Neighbourhood Policing Team drop in at Kippax Library on Saturday 1st June from 11am to 11.45am. Come along and have your say about any neighbourhood concerns in Kippax. 

 

2019-05-30   Enjoy the Jubilee Band in the Park

Garforth Jubilee Band will be performing a free concert of brass band favourites from 2.30pm-4.30pm at West Park Fields on Sunday 2nd June as part of the International Concert Season. No booking is required 

 

2019-05-29   Fisherman’s Friends

A Cinema Evening at the Old Girls School in Sherburn on Friday 12th July at 7pm is showing Fisherman’s Friends. Tickets go on sale from 11th June 

 

2019-05-29   Police Up Patrols Near Local School

Police officers on motorcycles have been patrolling outside Great Preston Primary School following complaints about speeding cars, mobile phone misuse and bad parking near the school. 

 

2019-05-28   Garforth Refugee Group

To celebrate Refugee Week, Garforth Refugee Group are again organising a symbolic Walk of Solidarity with Refugees on Thursday 20 June, from Garforth to the city centre. Total distance 8 miles, leaving Garforth Methodist Church at 9:30am, finishing about 3pm at the Conversation Club in City Square. There are coffee and lunch stops on the way. Join us for all or part of the walk. Call Dot Read on 07946 368953 for more Details. 

 

2019-05-28   Operation Eyeball

A brand new fly tipping task force named Operation Eyeball has been formed to tackle fly tipping in rural parts of North Yorkshire and Selby. Bringing together North Yorkshire Police with landowners and district and unitary councils will allow the sharing of intelligence and information to tackle the crime. A key element will be planned and targeted enforcement action days. 

 

2019-05-27   Mini Gala

Micklefield Mini Gala takes place at Churchville House Micklefield on Saturday 13th July from noon. 

 

2019-05-27   Sherburn Volunteer Awards

This year’s Sherburn Community Volunteer Awards will be held at The Swan Public House from 630 to 8.30pm on Friday 19th July 

 

2019-05-26   Wellbeing Walks

RSPB Fairburn Ings marked Dementia Awareness Week by launching its new monthly Wellbeing Walks to connect more people with the Aire Valley. A similar programme has run at St Aidan’s since July 2018. The event is free and led by RSPB rangers. The event will take place on the second Thursday of the month. The St Aidan’s event takes place on the last Wednesday of each month 

 

2019-05-26   Theft from Van

There was a theft from a Transit Van parked on Brambles Court, Hillam between 9pm on 23rd May and 0545am on 24th May. The offenders gained entry to the vehicle by drilling the locking system. Power Tools and Hand Tools were stolen from within. Please contact North Yorkshire Police with any information on 101  

 

2019-05-25   Wartime Tea Dance

There is a 1940’s Tea Dance at the Old Girls School on Wednesday 5th June from 1pm to 3pm. Tickets are £2. Ring 01977 685178 for more details. 

 

2019-05-25   Mental Wellbeing

On Tuesday 4th June Garforth Library will be starting a 7-week-long Mental Wellbeing Course with the organisation Humans Being. The course will be every Tuesday, 10.00-12.00, and will be a safe and supportive environment to talk about your problems. This course will tackle many issues, including stress, self-esteem, being true to yourself and setting goals, all with the aim of creating a more confident you. The course is entirely free but there are limited places, so if you'd like to join, phone 0113 224 3291 

 

2019-05-24   Outdoor Yoga

An Outdoor Yoga class takes place at Bert's Barrow in Hillam on Saturday mornings throughout the summer from 08.15 to 09.00, come rain or shine (in the barn if it's raining!). It is £5 or £3 for under 16s. 

 

2019-05-24   For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

During his year as Chairman of Selby District Council, Sherburn man David Buckle has helped raise £23,000 for charities and good causes including Peter Pan Nursery and Selby Abbey. 

 

2019-05-23   Glam Rock Night

Saturday 1st June is 70’s Glam Rock Night at the Eversley Park Centre. Tickets are £15 and the event starts at 7.30pm. There will be tributes to the Bay City Rollers, T Rex, Mud, Slade, Bowie and many more  

 

2019-05-23   U3A AGM

Garforth, Kippax and District U3A group are holding their first annual general meeting at Garforth Workingmen’s Club on 5th June at 1.30pm. All full members are welcome to attend. 

 

2019-05-22   Springtime Tax Scams

HMRC have issued a warning about bogus messages in a bid to stop people falling victim to them. Around 250,000 reports of the scams were received this time last year. Scammers are using the spring to target people as genuine tax refunds are also sent out at this time of year by the HMRC. The so-called 'springtime tax scams' target victims with the offer of a tax rebate, primarily via email or text. Victims are encouraged to provide bank details in exchange for such a payment. Such an action is done through a fake government website. 

 

2019-05-22   Mum and Daughter Dance for Cancer UK

A Micklefield woman who lost her dad to cancer took part in a charity ballroom event with her daughter to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Ann Hughes and granddaughter Nicole Houghton took part in the Ultra Ballroom event at the Royal Armouries Museum to honour Mr Tedhill, who passed away in 2011. The mother and daughter danced together in front of more than 300 people, raising £1,449 for Cancer Research UK. The couple scored 32 points out of 40, finishing in the top 10 out of 27. 

 

2019-05-21   G-Fest 2019

G-Fest 2019 takes place on Glebelands playing fields, Garforth on Saturday 20th July from 11am to 9pm. It is a day of outdoor family fun, food, drink and live music in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children and £25 for families (2 adults & 2 children) from St Gemma’s Hospice charity shop in Main Street.  

 

2019-05-21   6th Annual Beer Festival

The Queen O’ T’Owd Thatch public house in South Milford is holding its 6th annual beer festival runs from 5pm on Friday 24th May and ends on Sunday 26th May with a 100 question pub quiz at 8.30pm. No ticket required 

 

2019-05-20   Gardeners Wanted

St Benedict’s Allotment needs helpers and is looking for enthusiastic gardeners. Crops produced are donated to those in need and proceeds from the sale of crops go to N.E.T. If you are interested in helping call David on 07553 428 364. 

 

2019-05-20   Bonfire Missing Again in 2019

South Milford Bonfire and Firework Display Committee has announced that the event will not happen again this year but they are hopeful it will return in 2020. They have made positive progress with the relevant authorities regarding safety measures for events and will be consulting with members of the local community about potential plans in the near future. 

 

2019-05-19   Z-Fest 2019

Z-Fest takes place at the Lord Gascoigne, Garforth on Saturday 13th July. The event is in aid of St Martin’s Hospice and features live music, stalls, rides, games, bouncy castles and a reptile show. Musical acts include the Sound of Bowie and Bash the Bishop. Admission is free 

 

2019-05-19   Sherburn Festival

Sherburn in Elmet Festival is being held on the 24th to 26th August 2019 at the Eversley Park Field and Centre. The event was formerly known as The Sherburn in Elmet Craft & Food Festival. There will be 100 craft and food stalls, live entertainment, demo kitchens, children’s activities and entertainment, funfair, vintage cars and bikes and plenty more family entertainment 

 

2019-05-18   Dementia Roadshow

An NHS dementia roadshow will be held at Kippax Community Centre from 10am to noon on Thursday 27th June. The public are invited to learn more about dementia and the support available. 

 

2019-05-18   Funfair Fun

Kippax Family Funfair has arrived for the weekend and is open today from 1.30pm to 9.30pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 8pm on the field behind Kippax Leisure Centre. There are stalls, food, children’s rides and thrill rides. 

 

2019-05-17   Proms at the Pavilion

This year’s Proms at the Pavilion takes place on 13th July from 6pm to 11pm at Hillam and Monk Fryston Cricket Club 

 

2019-05-17   Murder Mystery Afternoon

There will be a Murder Mystery Afternoon at Kippax Community Hub at Kippax Library on Monday 13th June from 2pm to 3pm. Listen to witness statements and see if you can work out who the killer is. Contact the Community Hub on 0113 3781878 to book a place at the event 

 

2019-05-16   Psychic Evening

Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club is holding a Psychic Evening Show on Saturday 25th May from 7.30pm. Enjoy an evening with the talented and outgoing Miss Starlight, an experienced and well respected Spirit Medium. There will be a licensed bar open 7.30pm till 11pm. Tickets are £10.00 and the Venue is Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club 

 

2019-05-16   Driver Caught with False Number Plates

A woman blamed her sister when she was caught driving with false number plates. Terrasa Bolton also had bags of cannabis in her car and was subject to a driving ban when she was stopped by officers in Leeds. The mum-of-two gave her sister's details when officers stopped her on Aberford Road, Garforth, on 19th January this year. She was given a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, and disqualified from driving for 12 months. 

 

2019-05-15   Sky Try Playoffs

Leeds Rhinos Foundation have hosted Sky Try 9s Playoffs for year 7,8 and 9 boys at Brigshaw High School with 330 children and 31 teams taking part. The playoffs decided who would qualify for the finals at Stanningley ARLFC on 22nd May. 

 

2019-05-15   Clamp Down on Garforth Street Parking

Police were handing out parking fines to cars in the Green Lane area of Garforth yesterday after a number of complaints about parking issues. Officers issued several Fixed Penalty Notices for parking offences and conducted speed checks with a mobile speed camera. 

 

2019-05-14   Basic Life Support Training

Learn how to perform basic life support skills which could help you save someone’s life at the Old Girls school on Wednesday 15th May either 9am-10am or 10:30am-11:30am. There are only 10 places available at each so places must be booked Wimbles on 07518374867 

 

2019-05-14   Sherburn Gala

Sherburn Gala is back and is celebrating 43 years of success! This year’s Gala will be held on Saturday 18th May and the theme this year is ‘Stage and Screen’. The parade will set off from New Lane at 12.30pm working its way through the village centre, and finishing at Eversley Park 

 

2019-05-13   Byram Burglary

A burglary occurred at a business premise on West Acres, Byram between 4.30pm on 11th May and 1am on 12th May. Offender(s) gained entry by kicking the panel through on a UPVC door on the side of the building and climbing through. A small quantity of cash was stolen from within. Please report any information to North Yorkshire Police on Tel 101 ref 12190085239. 

 

2019-05-13   Anniversary Ball

St Benedict’s School’s 50th Anniversary Ball takes place on Friday 24th May at Garforth Holiday Inn starting at 7pm. Tickets are £25 per person to include a pre-dinner drink, 3 course meal and entertainment. 

 

2019-05-12   Our Day Out

Sherburn High School Drama Club presents Our Day Out – The Play on Thursday 4th July at 6.30pm 

 

2019-05-12   Plant Sale

Firthfields Gardening Club is holding a plant sale at Firthfields Community Centre, East Garforth from 10am to noon on Sunday 19th May. There will be quality plants at low prices. Refreshments will be served 

 

2019-05-11   Car Boot Sales

On the second Sunday of each month, 12th May,9th June, 14th July, 11th August and 8th September, the Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club will be holding their popular Car Boot sales at South Milford Plant Centre. Located on the Sherburn-Milford bypass. Sellers welcome from 8am, buying begins at 9am. The events end at 1pm 

 

2019-05-11   Yorkshire Party Lead Way

David Brook from the Yorkshire Party was first choice as Selby District Councillor for Sherburn in last week’s elections, collecting 925 votes. The other two councillors returned for Sherburn were David Buckle (Conservative) and Bob Packham (Labour). 

 

2019-05-10   Flying Through Garforth

The Flying Scotsman is coming to Yorkshire in July, hauling a special rail tour from York to Carlisle via Leeds on Sunday 7th July. The train departs York Station at 9.30am and takes the Church Fenton line through Micklefield and Garforth to Leeds, arriving at 10.20am. It returns from Carlisle at 4.15pm, arriving at Leeds at 8.30pm and York at 9.20pm. 

 

2019-05-10   Museums and Exhibitions Visitors Up

More than 1.7 million people visited Leeds’s museums and art galleries last year, an increase of 23 percent on the previous year. Leeds City Council has the largest council-run collection of museums in the UK, including Lotherton, Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey, Thwaite Watermill, Abbey House Museum, Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. 

 

2019-05-09   Delays on M1 Northbound Yesterday

There were delays after a crash on the M1 yesterday teatime. It happened between Junction 46 Colton to Junction 47 Garforth causing queuing traffic on the northbound carriageway with tailbacks to junction 45. The accident was cleared by 6.30pm 

 

2019-05-09   Tiger Moth Experience

Flights in World War 2 Tiger Moth aircraft are being offered at Sherburn airfield. Tiger Moth Experience offer flight packages that include recreating the sights and sounds of the Officers Mess in 1940. The package is available daily from 9am to dusk from April to September 

 

2019-05-08   Green Book

Sherburn Community Cinema at the Old Girls School community Centre is showing Green Book on Friday 14th June. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and go on sale from 7th May  

 

2019-05-08   Miners Presentation Night

Goalkeeper Toby Wells unsurprisingly swept the board at the Garforth Town presentation evening, winning supporters' player of the season, manager’s player and players' player awards. The young player of the season award was received by Joe Colley. 

 

2019-05-07   Students Visit Parliament

A group of students from Sherburn High School visited the Houses of Parliament last Wednesday at the invitation of local MP Nigel Adams 

 

2019-05-07   More Places Plan at Micklefield School

Leeds City Council propose to permanently expand Micklefield Church of England Primary School, increasing the admission number into the reception class from 20 to 30 places from September 2021 and each year thereafter, eventually creating 70 additional places overall. They are inviting comments to this proposal which must reach them by 3rd June 

 

2019-05-06   High Society

Garforth Musical Society presents High Society at the Miners Welfare Hall from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th May. Performances start at 7.15pm. Tickets are £8 from SPT Uniforms on Main Street. 

 

2019-05-06   Council to Investigate Election Clash

A row between Labour and Garforth and Swillington Independents candidates contesting the Garforth and Swillington ward at Thursday’s local council election is to be investigated. Leeds City Council has confirmed that all complaints made will be investigated by chief officer Tom Riordan. 

 

2019-05-05   No Change in local Elections

In Thursday’s council elections Suzanne McCormack retained her seat for Garforth and Swillington Independents and Mirelle Midgeley retained the Labour seat in Kippax and Methley 

 

2019-05-05   Horse Breeder Jailed

A Leeds Crown Court judge jailed 54-year-old Andrew Hinde of Becca Farm, Aberford, for eleven months and banned him from keeping animals indefinitely for showing a "cavalier attitude" to animal welfare. Hinde kept 20 horses at his own farm and more than 50 ponies in fields he rented at Westfield Farm at Kirk Smeaton. In February 2017 RSPCA inspectors went to Westfield Farm and found some of the ponies were in poor condition. In July 2017 RSPCA inspectors went to Becca Farm and seized 20 horses after finding that some were being kept in conditions that didn't meet their needs. 

 

2019-05-04   Dirty Dancing

Sherburn Community Cinema at the Old Girls School community Centre is showing Dirty Dancing on Friday 10th May. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4  

 

2019-05-04   Police Link two Pub Burglaries

Police believe break-ins at two pubs in Leeds on the same night are linked. Raiders broke into The Regent in Chapel Allerton at 2am and The Lord Gascoigne in Garforth two hours later in the early hours of Tuesday 23rd April. Police received reports of a burglary at The Lord Gascoigne pub, in Aberford Road, Garforth just after 4am. Three suspects used a ladder to reach a first floor window and broke into an office. They were disturbed by the alarm and left empty handed. One of the suspects at both incidents was seen on CCTV wearing a black hooded top with a white logo across the front. 

 

2019-05-03   Lotherton Food and Drink Festival

Lotherton Hall is hosting its popular food festival this Bank Holiday weekend. Street food stands, bars, and entertainment will be on offer at the stately home in Aberford. The event has been running since 2016. The event takes place on Saturday 4th May, Sunday 5th May and Monday 6th May from 10am-5pm. Day tickets on the gate are £8 for adults and £4 for children. A family pass for two adults and two children is £21.50. Weekend tickets are also available. 

 

2019-05-03   New Cricket Field Proposal

A planning application 19/02404/FU has been submitted for the creation of cricket club facility including clubhouse, football training pitches, parking area and new access on land Opposite Junction Of Ninelands Lane Selby Road Garforth. The proposed site would replace the cricket field on Church Lane Garforth. Please send any comments to planning@ leeds.gov.uk by 20th May 

 

2019-05-02   Tributes to Chris Walters

Tributes have been paid to a former RAF serviceman and verger of Selby Abbey. The funeral took place on Tuesday, at Sherburn Methodist Church, of Chris Walters. Mr Walters, 73, lived in Sherburn, and was verger at the abbey for more than 20 years. He died following a long battle with vascular dementia. Born in Burton Salmon, the son of local Methodist preacher Lawrence Walters, and attended primary school in the village before winning a scholarship to King’s School in Pontefract. After leaving school, he became an apprentice electrician at Micklefield Colliery, and in 1969 volunteered to join the RAF. Mr Walters was chair of Monk Fryston Parish Council 

 

2019-05-02   Retirement Village Plan

A planning application 19/02248/FU has been submitted for the cricket site on Church Lane Garforth for a Retirement Care Village of 64 apartments and 29 bungalows (C2), with associated activity lawn, landscaping and car parking following the demolition of the pavillion/social club building. Please send any comments to planning@ leeds.gov.uk by 22nd May 

 

2019-05-01   Rhinos Encourage Local Women’s Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos Women’s club captain Lois Forcell is looking to build a growing participation in the sport by helping Garforth Tigers launch their own junior girls team. She is hosting a launch event for players interested in joining the u12 side 

 

2019-05-01   Latest Health Walks List

The list of Leeds Health Walks for May and June is now available. Follow the link in the right-hand column for details. All walks will be easy-going and approximately 3.5 to 4 miles in length, unless otherwise stated. Some may include off-road walking and involve the use of stiles. Please wear suitable footwear and bring waterproof protection (raincoat or umbrella). All walks are free and there is no need to book, just turn up  

 

2019-04-30   Spring Fete

Green Lane Primary Academy Spring Fete takes place on Saturday 18th May from 11am to 3pm. There will be a helter skelter, surf simulator, trampolines, coconut shy, tombola, hook a duck, drafts, cakes and everyone is welcome. Admission is free 

 

2019-04-30   Local Housing Wins Award

Saxon Gardens in Sherburn was one of two Yorkshire developments praised at the Redrow’s annual Central and West Regional Building Responsibly Conference Awards. Saxons Gardens won the Site of the Year award 

 

2019-04-29   Early Closing at Academy

The Tour de Yorkshire comes past Garforth Academy again this year on Friday 3rd May. Due to the earlier road closure this year the school has taken the decision to close 30 minutes early on Friday 3rd May to ensure both staff and students can make their way home safely prior to the road closure. School will finish at 2pm and there will be no after school activities, detentions, homework club or revision on this day.  

 

2019-04-29   Eggcellent Day Out

Squires Cafe Bar in Sherburn recently held their annual ‘Squires Egg Run’ which raised over £1600 for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and donated around 700 eggs to causes helping disadvantaged youngsters. Approximately 560 bikers took part in the race which was held on Sunday 14th April, doing a 25 mile route to hunt for eggs, starting and finishing at Squires Cafe. 

 

2019-04-28   Fraud Awareness

On 11th April 2019, North Yorkshire Police launched a Fraud Awareness page on Facebook. The page has been created to serve the residents of North Yorkshire to promote awareness for frauds and scams happening in their area. The page is named as North Yorkshire Police Fraud Awareness which will be in the results of a search. It is staffed by Fraud Ambassadors from each local policing teams. There will be advice and safeguarding information posted on a regular basis as well as events happening in your area. 

 

2019-04-28   A Fine End to Season

Garforth Town were in irresistible form as they romped to a four goal lead within half an hour of the kick off away at Athersley Recreation on Saturday. Lee Turner and Dan Williams hit a brace each and a number of players could have added to tally as the Miners never dropped their energy levels until the final whistle. 

 

2019-04-27   Builder Helping Swimming Club

Kippax Amateur Swimming Club has received a £1000 boost from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire’s Community Champions initiative. The donation will be used to purchase training equipment including floats, fins and diving blocks. Persimmon is building homes at the Woodside development in Kippax. The swimming club was founded in 1975 and has more than 100 members. 

 

2019-04-27   Cocktails Please

Plans have been submitted to convert a former hairdresser’s shop on Main Street Garforth into a café and cocktail bar. The applicant Dan Gore has been running a mobile cocktail bar from a VW camper van and now wants to expand his business with a permanent location.  

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