October 19th, 2021 

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19/10/2021 Bar Vacancies
Jigger and Jar on Main Street are looking for a couple of new part-time team members. Experience preferred, but full training will be provided. Must be over the age of 18 and able to work evenings and weekends. NMW to start plus tips. Please send your CV and a short covering email to Claire and Dan at hello@jiggerandjar.co.uk

19/10/2021 Monk Fryston PC Meeting
The next meeting of Monk Fryston Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 19th October at 8pm at the Community Centre. As always, this meeting is open to the public to observe.

18/10/2021 Mum Fined for Taking Son to Doctors
A single mum has been hit with a £60 fine after taking her son out of school for life-changing medical care. Tara Sharp flew nine-year-old Theo to Georgia, eastern Europe, for intensive treatment after he developed a number of persistent dangerous infections. Theo was taken out of Green Lane Primary Academy in Garforth for 14 days while the treatment took place in June and July. But the school maintains Tara should have waited for the holidays and handed her the £60 fine for unauthorised absence.

18/10/2021 Food Bank Collection
Donations of non-perishable food and toiletries may be dropped off at the St Mary’s Garforth Church Car Park between 2pm and 3pm on Monday 18th October or left in the Box in The Rectory porch before then. The staff at the Food Bank are grateful for all the donations sent, as the need remains high.

17/10/2021 A Cup Full
Garforth Town hit eight past Glasshoughton in an 8-1 County Cup victory during the week. James Burgess hit 5 goals with Haas Gorji scoring two and one from Kevin Terheardt. This was the Miners biggest win in 23 years

17/10/2021 Walking Netball
Walking Netball is coming to Kippax Leisure Centre on Wednesdays from 4-5pm, starting on 20th October.

16/10/2021 PEP&CO on Main Street
Poundland stores, owners of the Fulton Food stores, are refurbishing three of them as standalone PEP&CO Clothing & Home stores. The three stores in question are in Garforth, Leeds, Westhoughton near Bolton and Crookes in Sheffield. Shoppers will be able to access amazing value family fashion as well as homeware items including kitchen and bathroom.

16/10/2021 Community Connections Café
Garforth NET (Neighbourhood Elders Team) are setting up community connections cafes including one in Kippax Methodists every Thursday from 10am to noon, for everyone to meet up and find out information on local services. The first session is on 14th October. There will also be an information day at Kippax Methodist Church on Thursday 2nd December from 10am to 2pm

15/10/2021 Examination Invigilator Vacancy
Garforth Academy is looking to appoint an Examination Invigilator to join their academy team in December 2021 on a casual basis for hours as and when required. Please contact the academy on 0113 212 7127 if you would like to discuss this role.

15/10/2021 Craft Fair
There is a Craft Fair at St Mary's Church, Kippax on Saturday,16th October 10.00am - 2.00pm. All proceeds in aid of elderly active residents of Kippax for trips and a Christmas party. Come along and support this event.

14/10/2021 Leading the Way in Covid Outbreak
Leeds recorded more than 3,000 new Covid cases in the week to 5th October. The area with the highest case rate is Kippax East, Micklefield and Allerton Bywater, with a staggering case rate of 1,054.2 per 100,000 people; followed closely by Garforth South, Swillington and Little Preston, with a rate of 967.5.

14/10/2021 St Aidan’s Half Marathon
St Aidan’s Trail Half Marathon takes place at RSPB St Aidan's Nature Park on Sunday 17th October from 10am to 2pm

13/10/2021 Man Attacked on Lines
A young man was mugged and robbed at knifepoint last Friday at around 10.30pm on the Lines near Garforth. The attacker was white, around 5ft 8/9, wearing a hood and white trainers. Anyone able to provide information on the attacker should contact the police.

13/10/2021 New Defibrillator
A new Defibrillator has been installed at Gibson Lane Community Centre.

12/10/2021 Rare Bird Spotted
Around 1,500 people have visited St Aidans Nature Reserve after an extremely rare Long-toed Stint, a bird which has strayed a long way from its normal range, was found on Friday. The Long-toed Stint breeds in Siberia during the Northern Hemisphere summer. There have only been three previously verified occurrences in the British Isles.

12/10/2021 Police and Crime Plan
What do you want West Yorkshire Police and local community safety organisations to focus on? A survey was launched in September which will inform the Mayor’s upcoming Police and Crime Plan, a crucial document which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services. The survey closes for responses this Sunday, 17th October, to have your say visit https://wh.snapsurveys.com /s.asp?k=163042341519

11/10/2021 Win for Miners
Jamie Barkway and James Burgess were on target as Garforth Town fought back to defeat a good Winterton Rangers side by 2-1. For the third match in a row, The Miners found themselves behind early on when they conceded a penalty after two players went up for the same ball. The Miners were level on 27 minutes and four minutes before the break Garforth gave themselves the lead. No more goals came in the second half, but there was no shortage of endeavour from both sides.

11/10/2021 Halloween Party
There will be a Children’s Halloween Party at Burton Salmon Village Hall from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday 23rd October. Tickets will be priced at £2.50 per child, including food and drink.

10/10/2021 Dick Whittington
Chaplins Gold will be performing a panto at Firthfields Community Centre, East Garforth on Saturday 18th December at 3pm. Tickets for Dick Whittington are £6.50. Call 07904660229 for more details or email info@firthfields.org

10/10/2021 Junior Rugby Players Wanted
Kippax Welfare JARLFC are looking for Under14’s players (year 9). For more information call Danny on 07946 509919

09/10/2021 Housing Plan in East Garforth is Rejected
A planning application to build 21 houses on land off Carisbrooke Lane in East Garforth has been rejected by Leeds City Council.

09/10/2021 Rail Interchange Plan
A new rail freight interchange attracting “major inward investment” could be built on the site of a former coal mine in the North Yorkshire countryside. Haworth Group is expected to submit a planning application to develop the former Gascoigne Wood site off New Lennerton Lane in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

08/10/2021 Manager Wanted
St Gemma’s Hospice are looking for a manager for their Garforth shop. The role is 37.5 hours a week and pays upto £21,274 pa. The successful candidate will have retail experience and will be a friendly, customer-focused and self-motivated individual who is able to work under their own initiative. For informal enquiries please contact Sarah Baldock, Retail Support Manager, on 07748 845354. Closing date is 22nd October.

08/10/2021 Christmas Fair
Monk Fryston Preschool Christmas Fair takes place on Friday 26th November from 5.30 to 8.30pm in St Wilfred’s Church Hall. Stalls, a raffle and Tombola will be available to help raise money for the preschool.

07/10/2021 Jukebox Years Show
There will be a night of singing and dancing at the Jukebox Years Show at the Eversley Park Centre on Friday 8th October 7.30pm. The show features music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, with three live acts on stage. Tickets are £15 from the Eversley Park Centre. Call 01977 689605 for more details

07/10/2021 Little Rugby Players Wanted
Swillington ARLFC are looking for new players, boys and girls in school year 3, interested in playing rugby. There is free training on Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm. Call Chris on 07534215064 for more details

06/10/2021 Fireworks in Hillam
Monk Fryston United JFC will be holding fireworks at the Cricket Club in Hillam from 5.30pm on Saturday 6th November. Tickets are on sale at the post office and the Potting Shed priced £5 for adults and £3 for under 16’s. There will be music, a BBQ, a bar and lots of fun.

06/10/2021 Streetsafe
The Home Office has launched StreetSafe, an online tool on police.uk that enables people to anonymously tell the police about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused. For more information visit www.police.uk/pu/ notices/streetsafe/street-safe/

05/10/2021 Car Thieves Jailed
A car theft gang used a £20,000 high-tech device to open and steal five SUVs from outside victims' homes in Leeds and Wakefield, a court heard. The trio stole five Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles worth more than £180,000 between 28th June and 21st July, including a £36,000 Mitsubishi Outlander, stolen from an address in Kippax on 20th July. The ring leader was jailed for two and a half years and two other men were sentenced to 22 months, suspended for 2 years.

05/10/2021 Christmas Experience at Lotherton
Lotherton Hall is set to have an extra sprinkle of festive magic this year. The popular family attraction is hosting a special Christmas Experience to mark the sixth anniversary of the holiday event. Santa will return with an appearance from his beloved, Mrs Claus - the first time ever in the Christmas Experience's history. Visitors can also enjoy a new and exciting festive woodland walk through the estate's grounds. Santa will be in The Elf Village ‘Under The Wishing Tree’, waiting to greet boys and girls and give them a special early Christmas gift. The Christmas Experience, run by Lotherton and Breeze, will return from 27th November to 2nd January 2022.

04/10/2021 Shared Points in Table Topper
Goals from Burgess and Coupland gave The Miners a share of the points in a 2-2 home draw against top of the table Grimsby Borough on Saturday. It was a deserved point for The Miners who remain in second.

04/10/2021 Bike for Bibles
Revd Jane Brown from St Mary’s Garforth has managed to ride the 300 miles in 22 days, for Bike for Bibles! Thanks to your generous donations, she has raised over £300 for The Bible Society.

03/10/2021 Pillion Rider Named
A motorbike pillion rider who died following a crash at the weekend has been named as 53-year-old Andrea Varty. Emergency services were called to Newton Lane, between Fairburn and Ledston, following reports that a black Triumph motorcycle had been involved in a road traffic collision at around 3pm on Sunday, 26th September. Mrs Varty, who was a passenger, died from her injuries at Leeds General Infirmary on Monday.

03/10/2021 Leeds Festival Traffic Problems
Councillors in north Leeds say they are getting more complaints than ever before from local people disgruntled by traffic problems caused by the Leeds Festival. Local councillors say the problem has now got so bad, they have set up a new working group to address residents’ concerns around the annual music event.

02/10/2021 Accident on Selby Road
There was an accident involving three cars and a bus close to the southbound entrance to Junction 46 of the M1, at around 4:45pm on Thursday. One man was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening

02/10/2021 Knitted Memorial to Peckfield Disaster
A knitted memorial to mark the 125 anniversary of the Peckfield Colliery tragedy has been unveiled at a museum in Leeds. The memorial features in Eye of the Miner, a new touring exhibition launched at Lotherton. On 30th April, 1896, an underground gas explosion caused the mine in Micklefield, West Yorkshire, to collapse and sadly 63 men and boys, and 19 ponies died.

01/10/2021 Image of Whisky Thieves
The police have issued a CCTV image of two men we'd like to speak to following the theft of more than 40 bottles of whisky and vodka - valued at more than £1,000 - from the Co-op store on Finkle Hill, Sherburn in Elmet. The image shows two men suspected of stealing booze with one pushing the other in a wheelchair.

01/10/2021 Halloween Costume Party
The Bird in Hand is holding a Big Halloween Costume Party on Sunday 30th October from 6pm. There will be prizes for the 2 best dressed children and 2 best dressed adults. Entry is free.

30/09/2021 Community Library Reopens
On 22nd September the volunteer run community library was re-opened by North Yorkshire Council. Closed by the pandemic, the library saw the opportunity to use the closure to carry out an extensive refurbishment. The building has seen a full re-decoration, installation of new lighting, shelving and reception desk and new carpet fitted throughout. County Councillor Margaret Atkinson (The Vice Chair of North Yorkshire County Council) cut the ribbon to officially announce the library open.

30/09/2021 Halloween Party
The Legion in Kippax is holding a kids’ Halloween Party on Saturday 30th October at 6.30pm. Tickets are £1 and will be available behind the bar from next week. There will be Halloween special melts, a sweet stall, apple bobbing, various games and of course some food! Food will be served from 7pm-8pm.

29/09/2021 Police and Communities Together
Garforth and Swillington Neighbourhood Policing Team are holding a Police and Communities Together meeting at the Miners Welfare Hall on Friday 8th October from 7.45pm to 8.45 pm. Officers and the public can discuss local issues and current policing priorities

29/09/2021 Environmentally Friendly Fleet Plans
Garforth based Cafe2U is making the switch to electric vehicles as part of its goal to become the UK’s first carbon neutral coffee company. The company will change its fleet of almost 100 vehicles to electric over the next five years.

28/09/2021 Butt Booster
Yorkshire Water has donated 3 water butts to Incredible Edible South Milford so that volunteers can collect rainwater to use on community vegetable beds

28/09/2021 Bike to School Week
East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team are supporting Bike to School Week, which is a week-long event across the UK from 27th September to 1st October to encourage families to cycle and scoot to school. Avoid traffic congestion, parking issues and encourage children to bike or scoot to school this week where suitable and safe to do so.

27/09/2021 Miners Progress in FA Vase
Garforth progressed to the first round of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time in three years with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Garstang on Saturday. First half goals from Alex Burton and Kevin Terhaerdt were added to by strikes from Jed Zanos and James Burgess in the second period to round off a comfortable victory. The first round draw will take place on Monday 27th September at 1pm

27/09/2021 Motorway Services Jobs
Skelton Services are holding a recruiting event to fill vacancies on the site. The event by Employment and Skills Leeds will be hosted at their City Exchange building on 8th October.

26/09/2021 New Street Bins for Kippax
Kippax Parish Council are renewing the High Street bins. If any of the old ones can be refurbished they will be relocated to other sites in Kippax. Suggestions for new sites are welcome.

26/09/2021 Club Leader Vacancy
East Garforth Primary Academy has a vacancy for an out of school club leader. A relevant qualification is required. Hours of work are 730-9am and 3-6pm Monday to Friday -22.5 hours. Pay is negotiable based on experience. Call Yvonne or Ben on 0780 3723241

25/09/2021 Walking for Dad
Gracie May Coe from South Milford and her friends are walking the Yorkshire coast to raise money for Blood Cancer UK in memory of her dad David who died of leukaemia aged 50. Donations are collected via a GoFundMe page.

25/09/2021 Holiday Inn Selected by Government
Leeds City Council have revealed that the selection of the Holiday Inn to house Afghan refugees was a Government decision and the Council were not consulted on the matter. Officers of the Council have met with the Home Office to understand what support will need to be put in place. The Holiday Inn has said that they are not set up to receive donations from the general public at this time

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