May 26th, 2019 

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26/05/2019 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

26/05/2019 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

25/05/2019 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

25/05/2019 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.

24/05/2019 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.

24/05/2019 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.

23/05/2019 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.

23/05/2019 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

22/05/2019 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.

22/05/2019 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.

21/05/2019 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

21/05/2019 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.

20/05/2019 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.

20/05/2019 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.

19/05/2019 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

19/05/2019 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

18/05/2019 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.

18/05/2019 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.

17/05/2019 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

17/05/2019 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

16/05/2019 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.

16/05/2019 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

15/05/2019 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.

15/05/2019 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.

14/05/2019 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

14/05/2019 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

13/05/2019 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.

13/05/2019 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.

12/05/2019 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

12/05/2019 Our Day Out
Sherburn High School Drama Club presents Our Day Out – The Play on Thursday 4th July at 6.30pm

11/05/2019 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).

11/05/2019 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

10/05/2019 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.

10/05/2019 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.

09/05/2019 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

09/05/2019 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

08/05/2019 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.

08/05/2019 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

07/05/2019 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

07/05/2019 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

06/05/2019 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.

06/05/2019 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.

05/05/2019 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.

05/05/2019 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

04/05/2019 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.

04/05/2019 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

03/05/2019 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@ by 20th May

03/05/2019 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.

02/05/2019 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@ by 22nd May

02/05/2019 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

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