April 22nd, 2021 

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22/04/2021 Camping Stalker Jailed
A stalker who pitched a tent in his victim's garden in Kippax as he traumatised her for more than two years has been sent to prison. Robert Biddle was jailed for 30 months after a court heard how the woman suffered psychological injuries over his obsession for her. At one point he even pitched a tent in her garden and spent the night in it.

22/04/2021 Play Bowls
The crown green bowls club at Garforth Country Club is looking for new members. Membership is free for the first year and tuition will be given to beginners. Call 07545246175 for more information.

21/04/2021 Kippax Garden Set Afire
Fire crews were called to a family home in Woodland Grove, Kippax after the garden was engulfed in flames on Monday evening. The incident has been reported to the police as suspected arson attack by local teenagers.

21/04/2021 Suspicious Vehicle Caught
On Friday evening Selby response officers responded to a report of suspicious circumstances involving a white Ford Transit van in the Riccall area. The vehicle was subsequently seized due to having no insurance. It is believed that the vehicle involved has been reported heavily across the area for other suspicious ongoings. Residents are assured this vehicle is no longer on the roads.

20/04/2021 Musicians Wanted for Gala
Garforth Lions are inviting any bands, musicians or performers of other forms of live music who would like the opportunity to perform at Garforth Gala on 11th July to get in touch! If you cannot make the gala then they will also have their Annual Beer Festival later in August. Please express your interest, or send any queries to garforthlionsgala @gmail.com.

20/04/2021 No Spectators
South Milford Cricket Club started the 2021 season this weekend with friendlies at Church Fenton Cricket Club and Ledsham Cricket Club. They would like to remind supporters that unfortunately spectators are not allowed currently at cricket matches. They hope this will be lifted on the 17th May.

19/04/2021 Covid Outbreak at Sherburn Sorting Ofice
There has been a positive case of Covid at Sherburn Delivery Office resulting in over half of Royal Mail staff having to go into 10-day isolation. Remaining staff are working hard to maintain the service but warn there will be inevitable delays.

19/04/2021 Two Thirds of the Way
In Garforth East 4,038 people have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine. That is 63.5 percent of the people living in the area.

18/04/2021 Con Man Jailed
An accountant who committed “industrial scale dishonesty” to fund an extravagant lifestyle has been jailed for 11 years and five months at Leeds Crown Court. Stephen Day, 51, whose homes included a house in Aberford, a 45-acre estate in Scotland and a holiday home in South Africa, plundered more than £1.4 million from several companies, defrauding three NHS organisations he secretly worked for at the same time.

18/04/2021 Visitor Experience Assistant Wanted
RSPB Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's are looking for a Visitor Experience Assistant for a six-month contract. Applications close on Friday 30th April. Visit http://ow.ly/ITTR50Epr3S for more details

17/04/2021 Fire at Makin’s Farm
Seven fire engines from Pontefract, Wetherby, Moortown, Normanton, Garforth, Castleford and Killingbeck stations and a helicopter attended a field fire at Makin’s Farm off Ridge Road in Garforth on Friday afternoon. The fire started around 12.30pm and the incident was scaled back around 4pm when five of the appliances left the scene.

17/04/2021 Struggling with Coronavirus
Amongst the 10 areas of Yorkshire struggling most to get rid of coronavirus is Garforth South, Swillington & Little Preston, with an infection level of 235.8 cases per hundred thousand people, in stark contrast to neighbouring Garforth East which has one of the lowest infection rates in the city.

16/04/2021 Badger Sett Attack
West Yorkshire Police's Wildlife and Rural Crime unit has had a busy week, with a number of animal-related incidents reported across the county including unknown persons digging out a badger sett in Kippax and starting a fire. The Wildlife and Rural Crime unit urged anyone with information about this incident to get in touch, or to call Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

16/04/2021 Restaurant Plan in Kippax
A planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council for a restaurant and cafe at The White Swan in Kippax. Residents have until 5th May to submit comments. The planning application number is 21/02558/FU/E.

15/04/2021 Garforth Gala 2021
Garforth and District Lions have announced that they will be holding their Annual Summer Gala Day at Glebelands on Sunday 11th July. The event opens at 11am and ends at 5pm

15/04/2021 Covid Figures Continue Downwards
There were 500 new cases of Covid reported in Leeds in the seven days upto 14th April. This figure is 27.2 percent down on the previous week.

14/04/2021 Making Japan Exhibition
Lotherton Hall is offering a special online-only exhibition called Making Japan which celebrates the history of Japanese culture. Visit Leeds Museums and Galleries website for more details.

14/04/2021 Food Bank Collection
The next collection of donations for the St Mary’s Garforth Food Bank will be Monday 19th April, 2pm-3pm in the Church Car Park, or leave donations in The Rectory porch.

13/04/2021 A Friendly Loss
Garforth Miners made the short journey to the Clayborn ground on Saturday 10th April to play a behind closed doors friendly with their NCEL Premier Division neighbours Liversedge, who grabbed a late goal to run out 2-1 winners after Sam Denton had equalized for Town.

13/04/2021 Counter Terrorism Reminder
Counter Terrorism Police are asking businesses and the public to be alert to more than just the threat of Covid-19 this summer. Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East said “we must continue to follow public health guidance and remain vigilant, not just against the threat of the virus but against the threat of terrorism as well”.

12/04/2021 G Fest
G Fest 2021 takes place on Glebelands in Garforth on 24th July. Tickets are £10, a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £25. Bands include The Kopycat Killers (Killers Tribute Act), The Take That Experience, Women in Rock,OasisJam and LMX (Little Mix Tribute Act). The event is in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice

12/04/2021 Coach Wanted
Monk Fryston United is looking for a coach for their new women’s team. They need someone who would be willing to give up an hour or so each week to put them through our paces. Currently they are not part of a but may do friendlies every now and again. They train on Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm. Contact Sheila Fox for more info 07766835320.

11/04/2021 Kippax Candidates
The Kippax and Methley ward candidates for the Council elections on 6th May are Dylan Brown (Greens), Thomas Peter Foster (Social Democratic Party), Sara Karen Howell (Lib Dems), James Lewis (Labour), Connor Joseph Paul Mulhall (Cons) and Kristian Alexander Wilkinson (Reform UK)

11/04/2021 Tigers Wanted
Garforth Tigers Amateur Rugby League Club are looking for new players from school years 1 to 10, regardless of experience.

10/04/2021 Miners Withdraw from Cup Competition
Garforth Town FC has taken the decision to withdraw from the upcoming Yorkshire Trophy due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding spectators being permitted to attend matches involving step 3-6 clubs, and therefore the ability for them to host games without any financial losses.

10/04/2021 St Mary’s APCM
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Parish of St Mary’s, Garforth, will be held on Sunday 25th April 2021 at 10.15am. Attendance may be in person in St Mary’s Church, by way of a Zoom video meeting or by phone.

09/04/2021 Garforth and Swillington Ward Candidates
The candidates for the Garforth and Swillington ward election on 6th May are Michael John Bailey (Lab), Mark Samuel Barratt (Cons), Steve Beer (Green), Sarah Jane Field (GI) and Jake Knox (LibDem).

09/04/2021 Covid Decline Continues
There were 680 new Covid cases in Leeds in the week up to 3rd April, which is 27.3 percent down on the previous week.

08/04/2021 Rotary Club Car Boot Sales
The Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club Car Boot Sales start again on Sunday 18th April 2021. The car boot sales will be held at Milford Plants (LS25 5BX) on the second Sunday of the month. Sellers can arrive from 8am, and it is £10. Buyers can arrive from 9am, and entry is free. For more information, contact Nigel on 01977 682021.

08/04/2021 Burton Salmon Cricket
The new season at Burton Salmon Cricket Club begins with a home fixture against West Bretton on 17th April. Anyone wishing to sponsor a match ball for £30 should call the Secretary on 01977 678066. The club are also looking for a new scorer. £20 per game will be paid plus as many refreshments as you need. Again contact the Secretary if interested.

07/04/2021 Selby District Places and Movement Study
There is an ongoing public consultation based on the initial options that have been developed through the ‘Selby District Places and Movement Study’. The consultation will run from the 6th – 30th April 2021. The study aims to create more attractive spaces and accessible spaces and look at how people travel in and around Selby and Sherburn and whether this can be improved. You can find out how you can participate at www.northyorks.gov.uk /selbyandsherburn.

07/04/2021 Monk Fryston PC APM
Monk Fryston Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 8th April remotely via Microsoft Teams at 8pm. Access to the meeting is via the parish council website

06/04/2021 Ask the Off Road Bike Team
On Wednesday 21st April 2021, the Officers from the Leeds District Off Road Bike Team will be on Facebook to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding Off Road Motorcycles in East Leeds. A dedicated Facebook post will be created at 7pm on East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ WYPLeedsEast . The officers will review and answer questions raised on the evening

06/04/2021 Stone the Crows
Over the Bank Holiday weekend West Yorkshire Police's Wildlife and Rural Crime unit attended an incident in Garforth which involved the killing of a "non-schedule 1 wild bird" - in this instance, a crow

05/04/2021 Covid Under Control Here
A total of 16 areas in the Leeds City Council district recorded fewer than three new cases of the killer virus in the latest week of data. A total of 31 areas in the whole of West Yorkshire can claim to have Covid-19 under that level of control. Leeds areas with fewer than three cases of Covid-19 include Aberford Barwick and Thorner, Kippax East Micklefield and Allerton Bywater, and Kippax West.

05/04/2021 House Prices Jump in Garforth
In the 11 Leeds areas where house prices have risen fastest according to Manning Stainton estate agents, Garforth lies in third place. The average house price in Garforth was £200,478. It has risen by 12.7 per cent and is now £225,922.

04/04/2021 Lotherton Receives Grant Boost
Leeds City Council has been given a grant of £302,750 from Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund, which will be spent on relaunching the city’s Arts Events and Venues programme. A range of new post-lockdown events will be planned based on detailed feedback received from visitors over the past 10 months. These will include a new wellbeing events programme at Lotherton Hall, new trails in the landscape at Temple Newsam and Lotherton, smaller-scale outdoor performing arts events at Lotherton as well older people’s outreach and on-site sessions.

04/04/2021 New Care Home Creates 100 Jobs
Garforth based Springfield Healthcare is building Harcourt Gardens adjacent to Mowbray Square Medical Centre, close to the Stray in Harrogate. and the care home is due to open this summer. It is forecast to create over 100 new jobs in the town.

03/04/2021 Jailed for Baseball Bat Attack
A Micklefield man has been jailed nearly two decades after he carried out a revenge baseball bat attack on a rival during a dispute over a motorbike. Mark Evans, of West View, Micklefield, fled the country after the serious assault in Swillington on July 11, 2002, in which his victim needed surgery to a serious facial wound. He was traced to the Republic of Ireland and was arrested in December last year at Heathrow Airport. Evans pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and breach of bail and was jailed for 32 months

03/04/2021 Police Hunt Kestrel Killer
Police have issued an appeal after a kestrel was shot and killed in the middle of a village. The protected bird was shot at the junction of Leeds Road and Park Lane in Allerton Bywater at some point two weeks ago by unknown suspects. The kestrel died. It is illegal to intentionally kill or injure kestrels, or any wild birds, under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

02/04/2021 MUGA Refurbishment
Kippax Parish Council’s next project is to refurbish and re-line the Multi Use Games Area surface next to the skatepark on Kippax common . They are asking the people that use this area to please confirm what lines they would like :- Netball, Football, Basketball, Hockey etc

02/04/2021 Protect Your Car
Neighbourhood Watch Network has launched a Protect Your Car campaign. They are reminding car owners to 1 – Lock your car when you leave it, 2 – Park in a well lit area and 3 - Hide any items on show.

01/04/2021 G-Fest Tickets Announcement
G-Fest have announced that tickets will be available from local outlets on 12th April. More ticket information will follow soon.

01/04/2021 Zoom to Micklefield PC Meeting
Micklefield Parish Council are inviting residents to their meeting on Zoom tonight. All members of the public are allowed to attend. The first 15 mins is for members of the public to raise issues. The meeting starts at 7.15pm. The Meeting ID: is 414 573 1830 and the Passcode: is 7FhGVD

31/03/2021 Rugby Players Wanted
Kippax Welfare Junior Rugby League Club are looking for U15 players (year ten players). Contact 07803 346055 for more details.

31/03/2021 Battle of Towton
The 29th March 2021 was the 560th anniversary of the Battle of Towton, commemorating the biggest, longest, bloodiest battle on English soil. On Palm Sunday 1461, the armies of Henry VI of the House of Lancaster and Edward IV of the House of York, fought. It is thought that up to 75,000 fought and as many as 28,000 died in the battle itself and in the rout and massacres that followed.

30/03/2021 Drug Dealer Jailed
A drug dealer arranged for the importation of cocaine and MDMA tablets from Amsterdam to Leeds as he set up a supply network from his home. Jacob Gaunt was arrested after police intercepted drugs packages from the Netherlands in June 2019. Gaunt, of Town End, Garforth, pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and two of evasion of prohibition on drugs. He was jailed for four and a half years.

30/03/2021 Check Your Polling Station
Leeds City Council is encouraging residents to check their polling cards when they arrive this week, as a large number of polling stations have changed for Thursday 6th May elections. Over 70 polling stations across the city have moved to ensure voting can happen with Covid-19 safe measures in place. Voters are being asked to wear a mask and comply with other safety and social distancing measures.

29/03/2021 Umpire Required
Hillam and Monk Fryston Cricket Club require an umpire to join their team for the for the upcoming season. They will pay £40.00 for your time.

29/03/2021 Sherburn Precept Increase
Sherburn Parish Council precept has been set to raise £371,457 in 2021/22 which is an increase of £5.17 a month for Band D properties

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