August 22nd, 2019 

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22/08/2019 Burglar Caught in the Act
A teenager from Kippax who burgled the home of an elderly woman 2 weeks after she went into care has escaped a custodial sentence. Casy Foley was caught red handed at the house by police officers when a neighbour raised the alarm. Foley of Glencoe Gardens, Kippax admitted burglary and was sentenced to 12 months in a young offender institution, suspended for 24 months

22/08/2019 Miners in FA Cup
Garforth Town have a home tie against Colne FC in the preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 24th August. Kick-off is at 3pm

21/08/2019 Miners Continue Bright Start to Season
The Miners were in league action on Tuesday night away at Knaresborough Town. Mark Simpsons' exquisite turn and shot gave Garforth a sixth minute lead, but a second half strike gave the home side a 1-1 share of the points.

Aberford is bracing itself for road restrictions relating to the annual Leeds Festival which takes place from 23rd to 25th August. Traffic is directed to approach Bramham Park via the A1. The A64 has drop off and pick up zones and becomes one way from 9pm on Sunday evening until about 3pm on the Monday with the Fox and Grapes to the A1 closed to traffic travelling eastbound from Leeds to York

20/08/2019 Sherburn High Celebrate Exam Results
Sherburn High Post 16 students are celebrating with 98% of students passing their course; over a third at A* – B and 72% at A* – C. Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, Dan Kirby was really pleased with the results saying “Our students have worked incredibly hard over the past 2 years and it’s fantastic to see them reap the rewards”

20/08/2019 Roadworks on Milford Road.
Network Rail are carrying out work on the 20th August near the railway line on Milford Road. Drivers can expect delays and possible road closures. Traffic will be diverted via Sherburn bypass.

19/08/2019 And Now for Something Completely Different…
Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society’s next production will just be 2 nights and will be performed on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019. One night will consist of “Austensibility” (a rehearsed reading in costume based on Jane Austen’s life, devised and written by Alan Richardson from Jane’s diaries, letters and excerpts from her writings). The other night will consist of “What The Dickens?!“, (a rehearsed reading also in costume, based on the life and works of Charles Dickens, devised and written by Erica Nicholls). Doors open at 6.45pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm

19/08/2019 Cricketers Wanted Urgently
Allerton Bywater cricket club have five games left to play this season and are struggling to get 11 players each week due to work commitments and holidays. Their youngest player is 13 years old and the oldest is 61, so varied ages. They play with plenty of spirit but batting is a let down, they have lost 4 games by about 20 runs. Anyone interested in playing the odd game or regularly call John on 07807755697. Games start at 1pm and usually finish between 5.30 and 6.30pm at latest.

18/08/2019 Garforth Town Win 1-0
Adam Priestley scored a scorcher on his first league return to the Miners as they took three points away at the title favourites Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday

18/08/2019 Racing Through Sherburn
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Road Championships is a yearly event that takes place every September and in 2019 it is to be held in Yorkshire. It will feature 12 races over 9 days, passing through Hillam, Monk Fryston, South Milford and Sherburn.

17/08/2019 Lotherton Vintage Weekend
Vintage Weekend at Lotherton Hall takes place on 17th and 18th August from 11am to 4pm each day. Usual admission fees for Lotherton Hall apply each day. There will be up to 25 stalls of genuine vintage fashion, homewares, small furniture, jewellery, records and collectables from the 1920's to the 1980's spread throughout the grounds, also live music from The Pretend Beatles, a handful of classic cars and games, as well as the vintage fair.

17/08/2019 House Prices Up in LS25
The average house price in LS25 is £237,715. This is an increase of £4,142 in the last 3 months and a £40,557 increase in the last five years.

16/08/2019 Classic Rock Concert
On Friday 13th September Garforth Country Club will be hosting the third annual concert to remember Chris Mather and to raise funds for St Gemmas. This year Peter Jones, a fantastic multi-instrumentalist, will be performing classic rock and prog rock covers. Tickets are £7.50 and the concert begins at 7.30pm

16/08/2019 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
There will be a Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September from 11am to 2pm at Church Gardens Community Centre in Garforth. There will be lots of lovely home-made cakes on offer, so come along

15/08/2019 Tomfest 2019
Tomfest 2019, a night of music and fun to remember Tom Reid and raise vital funds for CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young takes place at Garforth Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 7th September from 7pm to 11.30pm

15/08/2019 Rail Price Increase Set for January
Rail prices are set to rise again in January by around 2.8 percent. Increases are based on the July Retail Price Index. As a result an annual season ticket from Micklefield to Leeds is likely to increase from £1,076 to £1,106

14/08/2019 Rock On to Sherburn Festival
Comedian, singer and TV entertainer Tommy Cannon, of Cannon and Ball fame, will be opening the Sherburn Craft and Food Festival which takes place in Eversley Park on 24-26th August. With over 100 exhibits and attractions, there will be something for everyone, including live entertainment, children’s activities, a funfair, a vintage car and bike display. Festival tickets cost from just £2 for a child over five and £6 for an adult. Family, multiple day and Afterfest tickets and concessions are also available.

14/08/2019 Lock Your Car Doors Warning
The police have issued a warning to Garforth residents remove all valuables and remember to lock their vehicles following a report of prowlers trying car door handles in the early hours of 9th August

13/08/2019 Major Roadworks Impact Local Bus Services
More than 50 major Leeds bus services will see routes altered for over a year due to changes to The Headrow. The major changes are coming into effect at the start of September ahead of £20 million plans for The Headrow. Local services affected include 19,19A, 173A, 174, 174A, X26 and X27. Visit the West Yorkshire Metro website for full details

13/08/2019 HS2 Consultation
On 6th June 2019, the Government announced the launch of a consultation on 11 proposed changes to the design of Phase 2b, the section of the HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. That consultation closes at 23:45 on 6th September. For more details, visit

12/08/2019 New Defibrillator
The newest Community Defibrillator at St Benedict’s church in Garforth will be installed, all being well, on Wednesday 28th August. It will have a personal dedication for Agnes and Peter Radford who bequeathed the parish a financial gift to pay for the life saving device.

12/08/2019 Mini Breeze Comes to Garforth
Mini Breeze Garforth takes place at Garforth Academy on Tuesday 13th August from 1pm to 5pm. There will be sports, outdoor games, arts activities and inflatables, all of which are free! There will also be smaller rides and refreshment stands

11/08/2019 Top school List
Garforth Academy is ranked 6th out of the 38 secondary schools in Leeds in the Real Schools Guide 2019 , compiled by Reach's data unit, which aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables. The guide takes into account 51 different data points - including not just GCSE results and Attainment 8 scores but also factors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates. This year's results put Allerton High School on top as the best school in Leeds.

11/08/2019 Still Up for the Cup
Garforth Town drew 0-0 away at Shildon in the FA Cup on Saturday. Both sides had their chances, but the stalemate means that Shildon must come to the Bannister Prentice Stadium on Tuesday night to face a buoyant Garforth. Kick off will be 7.45pm

10/08/2019 Top Ten Attraction
Lotherton Hall with its historic hall and popular Wildlife World, is one of the top ten visitor attractions across the whole of Yorkshire, with almost half a million people passing through its gates over the last year. It is situated within a stunning Edwardian country house and grounds, north of Leeds.

10/08/2019 Beer Festival Today
Garforth and District Lions Eighth Annual Garforth Beer Festival takes place today from 12 noon to 9pm in the Miners Welfare Hall on Main Street. Admission on the door is £5 and includes a souvenir glass, programme and free first half pint.

09/08/2019 Gymnasts Make Final
Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club has made it into the final of a brand new Building Futures Competition. The competition supports children in health, sport, education and the arts and is giving away over £1 million in total this year. In the final stages the prizes range from £5000 to £100,000. Local clubs Sherburn White Rose Juniors, Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club and 2434 Church Fenton Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets all benefited from the prizes presented in the last few months.

09/08/2019 Art Workshop
An art workshop will be held at The Old Girls School in Sherburn from 6pm until 8 pm on Thursday 15th August. The event costs £20. Participants don’t need to bring anything with them but it is recommended to wear something you don’t mind getting a bit of paint on – just in case. All the materials are provided and step-by-step tuition is included. Each participant will leave 2 hours later with a complete recreation of a Claude Monet landscape. To book a place call 07450 622726

08/08/2019 End of an Era
50 years ago this month Lotherton Hall was gifted to the people of Leeds by Sir Alvary Gascoigne. On this 50th anniversary, visitors will be able to find out more about the Gascoigne family and the decision to hand over Lotherton Hall to the public, by immersing themselves in a new exhibition called 'End of an Era'.

08/08/2019 Open Day at Garforth Fire Station
Garforth Fire Station is holding an open day on Saturday 17th August from 11am to 3pm. Come along and see Freddie the Fire Engine, a crash rescue demonstration, face painting, stalls, fairground rides, a bouncy castle, tombola, a bbq and much more.

07/08/2019 Fishery Hit by Virus Again
It has been confirmed that Osprey Lake at Kippax Park fishery has fallen to koi herpes virus KHV. The deadly virus can cause a 100 percent wipeout of carp stocks and has no known cure. .After a similar outbreak at the site’s sister Lapwing Lake last year, CEFAS has extended the site’s designation order in an attempt to limit the disease

07/08/2019 More Burglaries in Sherburn
Between 1am and 9am on 5th August, a burglary occurred at a property on The Fairway in Sherburn. The burglars snapped the lock on the rear patio door and conducted a tidy search of the downstairs of the property. They are believed to have been looking for the keys to a high value vehicle parked at the address. At this time, nothing appears to have been stolen. This report may be linked to the previous report on Braeburn Road, Sherburn.

06/08/2019 Road Works Week in Sherburn
North Yorkshire County Council will be carrying out road maintenance on Milford Road, Low Street and Finkle Hill throughout August. Work on Milford Road and Low Street to the junction with Aldi will take place between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm on 5th to 9th August. Traffic travelling north will be allowed through the site. Traffic heading south will be diverted via Sherburn bypass. The section from Aldi to the Finkle Hill will be done from 7th to 9th August over night between 6pm and 2am.

06/08/2019 Sherburn Burglary
At 4am on 5th August, a burglary was reported at a property on Braeburn Road in Sherburn. The burglars attacked and snapped off the door handles of the UPVC French doors gaining access to the property whilst the home owner slept. They searched areas on the ground and first floor before being disturbed and fleeing the property. No items were stolen. It is thought that the target may have been the keys for high value vehicles parked at the front of the address. Please report any information you may have to NYP on Tel 101 quoting Ref 12190143032

05/08/2019 Miners Off to a Flyer
Garforth Town got their league campaign off to a perfect start against a new-look Handsworth side with a 3-0 home win. Although the Miners got off to a bright start, Handsworth looked the stronger side as the first half progressed, until Garforth got their first goal on thirty seven minutes. A second goal just four minutes after the break confirmed where the points were heading. The victory was a boost ahead of next week’s tricky FA Cup tie at Shildon

05/08/2019 Gaping Goose Beer Festival
The eighth Annual Gaping Goose Beer Festival takes place on Sunday 25th August from 12 noon to 9pm. Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 0n the door. No under 18’s or dogs allowed.

04/08/2019 Garforth Social
The next Garforth Social will be on Monday 12th August, 1.30-2.30pm at Garforth Library, and will be a summer singalong featuring Garforth Ukulele Players (GULP!). GULP! will be performing a range of classic songs and nursery rhymes. No booking is required and there will be refreshments available.

04/08/2019 Break-In
Between 7.30am and 5.15pmon 2nd August, a burglary occurred at a mid-terrace property on Ash Grove in Church Fenton. Entry was gained via an insecure ground floor kitchen window and items including jewellery and cash were stolen. The offender left using the rear kitchen door which had the key left inside the lock. If you have any information on this break-in, call NYP on 101, quoting ref 12190141435.

03/08/2019 FA Cup Starts Here
Garforth Town play away at Shildon in the extra preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 10th August, kick off at 3pm. Shildon AFC was established in 1890 and play in the Northern League Division One in County Durham.

03/08/2019 U3A Meeting
The next members meeting of Garforth, Kippax and District U3A will take place on Wednesday 7th August at 1.30pm at Garforth Working Men’s Club. The guest speaker will be from Leeds Civic Trust. All retired or semi retired people are welcome

02/08/2019 Pothole Complaints
More than 37,000 complaints were made about the state of roads in Leeds between 2014 and 2019. The highest number of complaints was in Harewood ward where 2,376 complaints were made. In Garforth and Swillington there were 1029 complaints and in Kippax and Methley ward 653 complaints

02/08/2019 Applying for School in 2020
Leeds City Council has announced that the application process for secondary schools in Leeds has opened. Families with children starting secondary school in September 2020 can start applying for their child's school place as of today (1st August). Visit Leeds City Council's website to complete an online application for their child's secondary school place, before the closing date of October 31st, 2019 alternatively phone 0113 222 4414 to discuss the options available.

01/08/2019 A Cat-astrophe
A vicar’s cat from Garforth ended up on a road trip through France after she accidentally became a stowaway. Eight-year-old Squish travelled to France after hiding in her owners' caravan as they packed for their summer holiday earlier this month. The Rev Jane Brown, vicar at St Mary's Church in Garforth, discovered her when they got off the ferry in France. They had get Squish a pet passport, a rabies shot and extend their holiday for 3 weeks whilst the cat was in quarantine.

01/08/2019 Green Lane School Extension
Delta Academies have submitted a planning application to build a small( 32 sq mtr) single story extension at Green Lane Primary Academy

31/07/2019 Attempted Burglary
Sometime between 1am and 12 noon on 27th July, somebody attempted to access a property on Southlands Close, South Milford by forcing the rear door open by using a screwdriver or similar implement. Entry was not gained. If you have any information about this incident including sightings of suspicious persons, vehicles or activity please call North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting Ref 12190136909.

31/07/2019 What’s That Smell?
Police have increased patrols in Allerton Bywater after complaints of people smoking weed in the village’s park. Residents living near the park reported the distinctive strong smell.

30/07/2019 Paedophile Jailed for 13 Years
69 year old Malcolm Church of Coronation Avenue, Kippax was jailed for 12 years and nine months after pleading guilty to two offences of rape and two of indecency with a child. The crimes took place in the mid-1980s when the girls were aged 12 and 14.

30/07/2019 Parish Hall Closed for Repairs
St Benedict’s parish centre will be closed from Thursday 25th July to Friday 2nd August for routine maintenance. This is a part of a schedule of maintenance across the church, parish centre and grounds in the coming months.

29/07/2019 Garforth Beer Festival
Garforth and District Lions’ Eight Annual Garforth Beer Festival takes place on Saturday 10th August from 12 noon to 9pm in the Miners Welfare Hall on Main Street. Admission on the door is £5 and includes a souvenir glass, programme and free first half pint. There will be at least 12 craft beers, 6 draught ciders plus gin and prosecco. The event is strictly for 18 years plus.

29/07/2019 Motorbike Theft
In the early hours of the 24th July, a 2015 KTM 85 off road motocross bike was stolen from a property in Sherburn. If you have any information, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 ref 12190134273

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