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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 Maryís 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 bandís facebook page for more details.

29/11/2020 St Maryís Foodbank Collections
The next foodbank collections at St Maryís 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 ĎCandy Laneí 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 Councilís 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 Maryís 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.

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Business News

 19/09/2016 Bengal Comes to Kippax
The grand opening of the Grand Bengal Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant and Takeaway takes place on 26th September at 18 Cross Hills Kippax. There are opening offers for dining in and takeaways. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to the restaurant.A delivery service is available. Call 0113 2864012 for reservations and for takeaway orders.

14/09/2016 Bert's the Best
Hillam based greengrocer Bertís Barrow have been shortlisted for Best Independent Retailer in this yearís Yorkshire's Finest Taste Awards. The winner will be announced on 2nd November.

10/09/2016 Local Airportís Charter Flights Plan
The owners of the Leeds East Airport at Church Fenton, Tadcaster, have applied for an operator's licence by the Civil Aviation Authority. The airport plans to offer up to four flights a day to Cannes, Faro and Malaga from May 2017. Residents have raised concerns over aircraft noise and an increase in traffic congestion. A spokesman for the airport said there were no plans to introduce scheduled flights but the airfield would concentrate on a limited number of "VIP service" charter flights costing around £1,000 per person for a return ticket.

08/09/2016 Big Collection at Tesco
Tesco Garforth will be hosting a Big Collection on 16th and 17th September to raise funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation

17/02/2013 Seventy New Jobs Come to Garforth
Home delivery company Expert Logistics has opened a new distribution centre in Garforth creating 70 new jobs. The Crewe based company, which delivers white goods, was assisted in finding a suitable site by Leeds City Councilís property location service.

31/01/2013 Big Win for Optare
Sherburn based bus manufacturer Optare has secured a £3.3 million order for 33 buses from transport giant Stagecoach. The vehicles will be delivered in 2013.

23/12/2012 Contract Win for Sherburn Bus Builder
Sherburn in Elmet bus builder Optare has won a £6.2 million contract to build 50 buses for Arriva. Unfortunately none of the new buses will come into service in this part of the country

11/12/2012 Chequers To Open on Sundays
The Chequers Inn at Ledsham is to open on Sundays for the first time in 180 years. The inn, which dates back to 1540 was banned from serving on Sunday by the lady of the manor after a lady returning from church was verbally abused by drunken farmhands. The landlord has tried to open on a Sunday in the past but the estate owners always refused. However the estate changed hands 5 years ago and the new owners have had a change of heart.

07/11/2012 Aagrah Aims for Curry Oscar
The Aagrah restaurant in Garforth is one of a hundred restaurants nationally that have been shortlisted for the 2012 British Curry Awards. The results will be announced at a dinner in London on 26th November. More than a quarter of a million nominations have been received from the public for nearly 4000 restaurants. These eateries have been narrowed down to the final one hundred qualifiers

16/09/2012 Award for Garforth Baker
Dumouchel Patisserie in Garforth has won the ADM Milling-sponsored Craft Business Award at the Baking Industry Awards held at the Park Lane Hilton in London

22/08/2012 LNT Place Major Communications Contract
Garforth based LNT has signed a 1.7 million pound three year deal with O2 to provide 1700 iPhones to its staff in order to improve communication with its workforce, particularly its care and construction workforces.

14/07/2012 Large Chinese Order for Ginetta Cars
Ginetta Cars have taken an order for fifty of their sports cars from a Chinese customer. This order will take up one sixth of the Garforth companyís annual production. The Chinese Olympic team and trade delegation officials have been based in Leeds in preparation for the Olympic Games

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