November 30th, 2020 

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30/11/2020 Tangoed
As part of the #orangetheworld campaign, in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the spire of St Mary’s Garforth will remain orange until 10th December, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Garforth Elmet.

30/11/2020 Sponsor the Tigers
Garforth Tigers are looking for local businesses to sponsor them in 2021. For just £50 you can be one of just 20 sponsors appearing on the new training top for the 2021 season. Visit sponsorship for more details

29/11/2020 A Christmas Serenade
Would you like to have 6 members of Kippax Band play carols on your doorstep (subject to covid restrictions)? This offer is available for the weekend 19th &20th December 2020 for residents of Kippax village and surrounding areas who donate £50 or more to their crowdfunding appeal to raise £5,000 for their trip to compete in the National Finals in Cheltenham in September 2021. Visit the band’s facebook page for more details.

29/11/2020 St Mary’s Foodbank Collections
The next foodbank collections at St Mary’s Garforth will be on Monday 14th December and Monday 4th January. Both will be from 2pm-3.30pm in the Church Car Park or drop off to The Rectory before then.

28/11/2020 Drug Driver Banned
Roman William Jarvis, age 18, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, admitted being over the drug-drive limit for cannabis and was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £200 and told to pay £119 costs at Leeds Magistrates Court.

28/11/2020 Distraction Burglar Warning
West Yorkshire Police have issued a warning about bogus burglars targeting elderly victims in Leeds by distracting the victim, usually by pretending to be Water maintenance workers, saying they need to come in to check the taps or water pressure and then stealing items from rooms inside.

27/11/2020 Welcome to Candy Lane
Pensioners Rod and May Proctor have created a Christmas display outside their home in Garforth after the coronavirus pandemic meant they couldn't decorate the Santa's grotto at their grandchildren's school. The display has turned part of The Crescent in Garforth into the newly named ‘Candy Lane’ which attracted nearly 300 visitors over the weekend.

27/11/2020 Garforth South Hotspot
Recent statistics show Leeds city centre now has the lowest Covid case rates - significantly lower than some towns and villages on the outskirts of Leeds. Of the 16 worst hit areas only one is in LS25. Garforth South, Swillington and Little Preston has 33 cases which equates to 486.4 cases per 100,000, making it 13th of the 16 worst hit areas

26/11/2020 Campsite Appeal Rejected
The appeal by Berkeley Leisure Group against Leeds City Council’s decision to reject an application for a campsite on land off Cliff Top Park in Garforth has been dismissed by the Government Inspector on the grounds of noise and disturbance affecting nearby residents

26/11/2020 Christingle Service
On Sunday 20th December St Mary’s Church , South Milford will be broadcasting a live Christingle Service on Facebook at 3pm. They are providing home Christingle kits that can be collected from the new church entrance on Saturday 19th December from 10am to 11am. Please social distance when collecting and wear a mask.

25/11/2020 Final Support Needed
Kippax Band have launched a crowdfunder to raise £5000 so that they can represent Yorkshire in the National Finals in Cheltenham in September They have been unable to play to raise funds this year due to COVID restrictions. To donate goto /kippaxband

25/11/2020 Stabbing at Colton
A 25-year-old man remains in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed at Colton Retail Park on Saturday evening. Police arrested a 19-year-old in connection with the attack. The teenager has been released on bail and detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference 13200584241.

24/11/2020 A Smashing Time
Police are investigating a spate of incidents in East Leeds where bus stops and car windows are being smashed . Officers believe someone is driving around villages in East Leeds firing objects at windows using a catapult or BB gun. So far thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused

24/11/2020 Virtual Hillam Lights
Due to COVID-19 Hillam Christmas Lights is different this year. There will be trees up and lights on the Ringtree, but regrettably residents cannot gather in the Square to celebrate. They can instead watch the switch-on live on Hillam News Facebook Saturday 5th December at 6 pm. Also they can send letters to the North Pole via the postbox on the stone wall in the Square.

23/11/2020 Bungalow Burglary
On the 15th November at approximately 8.15pm an elderly couple on Hillam Common Lane were burgled. The thieves gained access at the rear of the bungalow by damaging the surround and the locking system of a secure window. A variety of items have been stolen, along with Royal Air Force documents, one of which was an Royal Air Force Driving Licence. The elderly couple are shaken by this event and are particularly devastated at the loss of the RAF documents from 1956. Items taken include jewellery pieces, a gold plated pocket watch with a chain, and other watches. Enquiries are currently ongoing, including CCTV trawling. Police are appealing for anybody who may have any information that can assist with the investigation to contact 101 and quote 12200201525.

23/11/2020 Council Proposals
Community centre closures and an extra 199 job losses are among the latest proposed cuts for next year’s Leeds City Council budget. Other proposals include ending childcare at Firthfields Little Owls site and moving Children’s Centre Family Services from Garforth Academy to this building.

22/11/2020 Miners Looking to Restart League
It was announced that, should the country be released from lockdown as planned early next month, NCEL football would potentially restart on Tuesday 8th December. This gives a week for teams to begin training. Garforth Town's first match would therefore be the "EL Classico" away to neighbours Yorkshire Amateur on Wednesday 9th December (kick-off 7:45pm). An FA meeting discussing the restart is due to take place on Thursday 26th November.

22/11/2020 A Big Thank You
St Mary’s Church Garforth collected over 150 shoeboxes of goodies for Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child this year and thanks everyone who contributed

21/11/2020 Commercial Burglary
Overnight between 18th - 19th November a burglary occurred at Westminster Auto Spares on Moor Lane Trading Estate, Sherburn In Elmet. A number of high value mechanical tools were stolen. CCTV enquiries are currently on-going with surrounding businesses. If you have any information about this incident, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting log number 12200203652.

21/11/2020 Garden Scheme Receives Grant
The Growing Zone in Kippax has been given a cash boost by the Zurich Community Trust. The project is one of a number of charities in Yorkshire receiving a share of £60,000 from the Trust. The Growing Zone was created in 2007 on five derelict allotments and brings together people with and without disabilities.

20/11/2020 Best Sunday Lunch in Yorkshire
The Crooked Billet at Saxton near Tadcaster has been nominated in the Best Sunday Lunch category of the Best in Yorkshire Awards 2020. Voting for the Best in Yorkshire Awards will close at midnight on Sunday, 29th November so, be quick and vote to ensure your favourite has the best chance of winning.

20/11/2020 Fitness Challenge
At the start of November, 22 squad members of Garforth Rangers Under 15's agreed to do a fitness challenge during lockdown in aid of The Trussell Trust who support a nationwide network of food banks. They are currently taking on the immense challenge of doing 25,000 pushups, situps or squats. To sponsor them visit fundraising/25000Nov

19/11/2020 Inclusion and Diversity
North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking for people to get involved in her next monthly public accountability meeting, live from 1:30pm on Tuesday 24th November, which will be focusing on how the fire and police services are working towards insuring an inclusive and diverse workforce. To watch the live broadcast visit

19/11/2020 The Big Prize
Garforth based Ginetta has unveiled its new 2021 Championship structure, offering the finest prize packages in motorsport for its drivers. The total prize fund it is offering across its category disciplines will be £400,000.

18/11/2020 Tesco Food Collection
Tesco launches its Charity Christmas Food collection this Thursday and upto 21st November. This Christmas will be a struggle for many, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic fallout – and families with children are going to be the hardest hit of all. Customers are asked to buy extra items and drop them into the dedicated food collection trolley at the exit

18/11/2020 Electricals Bank
From this Thursday there will be a new electricals recycling bank at Tesco in Garforth. They are also being installed at Asda Killingbeck and Morrisons at Rothwell

17/11/2020 Threat to Bowling Greens
Leeds City Council is consulting on closing half of the city’s council-maintained bowling greens, according to a paper on the authority’s own website. One of the proposals to help plug the authority’s projected £118m budget gap for next year is to close 50 percent of all public greens maintained by the council in order to save around £83,000 a year. The deadline for responding is on Monday, 14th December at 5pm

17/11/2020 Hillam Defibrillator
The Defibrillator is located inside the Red Phone Booth in The Square, Hillam. There is also an emergency phone installed so that the booth can still be used to call the emergency services. The cabinet is locked, the ambulance service has the code to open the cabinet and will tell this to you over the phone. It is very important that you call 999 in an emergency.

16/11/2020 Best Goose in Yorkshire
The Gaping Goose has been nominated in the Best Pub category of the Best in Yorkshire Awards 2020. Voting for the Best in Yorkshire Awards will close at midnight on Sunday, 29th November so, you best be quick and vote to ensure your favourite has the best chance of winning.

16/11/2020 School of Covid
Tadcaster Grammar School has confirmed that the six pupils, across different year groups, have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating at home.

15/11/2020 New Cycle Lanes
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured an additional £10.053 million from the Government’s Active Travel Fund to create more space for people to travel by bike and on foot, easing the pressure on public transport and relieving congestion. Protected cycle lanes will be created in Otley and Garforth, as well as Thornton Road in Bradford and Leeds Road (A62) in Huddersfield.

15/11/2020 Sponsor a Player
Garforth Town player sponsorship is now available at £50 for an individual and £100 for a business (business rate includes an advert in the programme). Please contact director Craig Bannister for details at Craig@

14/11/2020 Union Pickets Banned
The Unite trade union is mounting a legal challenge after its members were told by police that they could not picket outside the Optare bus factory in Sherburn after new lockdown regulations came into force. Members of the union are in dispute with the company over pay.

14/11/2020 Switch-on Switched
Leeds city council has rescheduled its virtual Christmas Lights switch-on to Wednesday 2nd December, to coincide with the country coming out of the national lockdown.

13/11/2020 Learn to Swim
Carol Saunders Swim School is restarting in December and is taking bookings for the Holiday Inn at Garforth for adults and juniors 3years plus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays. Call 01757 709703 for more details and bookings

13/11/2020 Theft of Yorkshire Stone
There was a theft of Yorkshire stone from Elmwood Lane, Barwick from 11pm on the 6th to 8am on the 7th November. The thieves have stolen vast amounts of Yorkshire stone in our local villages over the last month. Police are appealing for any information

12/11/2020 The Rise Remembers
Residents of The Rise in Kippax joined together to mark Remembrance Sunday in a safe and socially distanced way by adorning their properties with wreaths and poppies. Local business Claire's Cakes for all Occasions supplied sweet treats. After the two minutes' silence and the raising of a flag, the neighbours sat in their gardens and got to know each other even more.

12/11/2020 Leeds Christmas Lights
Leeds Virtual Christmas Lights switch-on takes place in Millenium Square on Sunday 15th November from 4pm to 5.15pm. Switch-On will feature a very special performance from local brother pop / rock band The Dunwells as well as a full line up of theatrical performances, musical acts and sporting celebrities. The virtual switch-on event will be free to watch on the Millennium Square YouTube channel and Facebook page

11/11/2020 Where’s Santa?
Garforth Lions currently have no firm plans in place for their annual Santa street visits. They hope to have a clearer idea after lockdown has ended on 2nd December and will provide an update as soon as they can.

11/11/2020 Business Grants
New grants are available for businesses required to close due to the government’s national lockdown restrictions from 5th November to 2nd December. Apply online at

10/11/2020 Christmas Cards
Due to the ongoing pandemic, All Saints’ Parish Church in Sherburn has been unable to host regular fundraising events and activities. Therefore, this year they have a selection of Christmas cards available to order that will help raise funds for the Church. They are offering five different designs, and you can buy a pack of five cards, either all of the same design or a selection of each design. The A6 size cards are £2.00 per pack. To order the cards, please contact the Church directly

10/11/2020 Vehicle Break-ins
A number of cars and vans were broken into over the weekend in the Sherburn area and a number of items stolen. The police are investigating all the offences jointly as they suspect that the same people will be responsible for them all.

09/11/2020 Motorbike Theft
On 2nd November between 5pm and 10.20pm a motorbike was stolen from The Queen o' t' owd Thatch car park on High Street, South Milford. The bike was a 125CC KG DUKE in orange. Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity to ring NYP on 101 quoting reference 12200193069

St Mary’s Garforth Annual Parishioners Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Saturday 14th November 2020 at 10.30am. It will be held over Zoom video meeting, with a phone-in option.

08/11/2020 Question to PM
Elmet MP Alec Shelbrooke raised the issue of hundreds of laptops intended for disadvantaged pupils being held up by Leeds City Council at Prime Minister’s Questions in parliament this week. The Prime Minister promised to do whatever he can to spring these laptops from the cupboard as fast as they can

08/11/2020 Trio of Signings for Miners
Eighteen year old goalkeeper Aaron Burn has joined the club on dual registration terms with neighbours Tadcaster Albion. Also joining on dual registration terms is 20-year-old Scottish midfielder/striker Ryan Foster. And finally 21 year old Swedish centre-back Kevin Terhaerdt joins the Miners from Ytterhogdal IK.

07/11/2020 Housing Plans Progress
Plans to build 100 new homes in Micklefield were discussed at a Leeds city Council Planning meeting this week. Objections to a reduction in allotment space were heard and the design of the new homes was praised. The meeting agreed to defer the decision to officers to make.

07/11/2020 PayPal Phishing Warning From Police
Online marketplace sellers have received a fake email that appears to be from PayPal, stating that the fraudster has made a payment for an item. A follow up email requests the shipping tracking order reference, prompting the seller to dispatch the item. The fraudster relies on the seller not verifying that the payment has been received in their PayPal account, before shipping the item leaving the seller at a loss. North Yorkshire Police advice is to verify the payment before shipping

06/11/2020 Christmas Shoeboxes
St Mary’s Church Garforth will be open to receive donations of filled shoeboxes from 9th - 14th November, between 11am and 3pm. Small loose items or cash donations towards the postage per box, are also welcome. For more information about what to include call 286 0584 or 286 3692

06/11/2020 Business Manager Vacancy
Micklefield C of E Primary School has a vacancy for a School Business Manager. The role is SO2 grade, permanent, 37 hours a week. Closing date is Monday 16th November and job reference is req3100. The School Business Manager will support the school on its improvement journey and transition to becoming an academy. Application forms can be obtained from the school. Interviews will be on Friday 20th November

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