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2020-12-01   Rail is the Answer

Elmet MP Alec Shelbrooke called for a freight rail transport system to move goods between Liverpool and Hull to boost the local economy in a Westminster Hall debate on infrastructure in the North. 


2020-12-01   Flood Closes Selby Road

Selby Road (A63) was shut near Swillington Common yesterday morning, with half the road underwater after a water main burst. Police closed the eastbound approach to the roundabout where Selby Road meets Wakefield Road (A642). Part of the roundabout itself was also blocked, with the left side of the roundabout un-passable.  


2020-11-30   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 garforthtigers.com/ sponsorship for more details 


2020-11-30   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. 


2020-11-29   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. 


2020-11-29   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. 


2020-11-28   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. 


2020-11-28   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. 


2020-11-27   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 


2020-11-27   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. 


2020-11-26   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. 


2020-11-26   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 


2020-11-25   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. 


2020-11-25   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 crowdfunder.co.uk /kippaxband  


2020-11-24   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. 


2020-11-24   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 


2020-11-23   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. 


2020-11-23   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. 


2020-11-22   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 


2020-11-22   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. 


2020-11-21   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. 


2020-11-21   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. 


2020-11-20   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 www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/25000Nov 


2020-11-20   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. 


2020-11-19   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. 


2020-11-19   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 http://bit.ly/PAM24NOV2020 


2020-11-18   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 


2020-11-18   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 


2020-11-17   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. 


2020-11-17   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 


2020-11-16   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. 


2020-11-16   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. 


2020-11-15   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@ bannisterprentice.co.uk 


2020-11-15   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. 


2020-11-14   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. 


2020-11-14   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.  


2020-11-13   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  


2020-11-13   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  


2020-11-12   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 


2020-11-12   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. 


2020-11-11   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 http://orlo.uk/tHFX4 


2020-11-11   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. 


2020-11-10   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. 


2020-11-10   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 



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.  


2020-11-09   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 


2020-11-08   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. 


2020-11-08   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 


2020-11-07   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  


2020-11-07   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. 


2020-11-06   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 


2020-11-06   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 


2020-11-05   Libraries Close Again

Leeds City Council has announced that local libraries will close during the lockdown period though click and collect services may be allowed. Restrictions apply from 00:01 on Thursday, 5th November. 


2020-11-05   Garforth Hotspot

There are eleven Yorkshire postcodes with the coronavirus infection rates above 800 per 100,000 according to the seven-day rolling rate of new cases up to 28th October. One of these is Garforth West with 49 new cases (equivalent to a 818.7 case rate) 


2020-11-04   Rangers New Kit

Garforth Rangers U7s are wearing 60 brand new football kits courtesy of their sponsors Rebel Architecture, Kip McGrath Garforth and YESSS Electrical. 


2020-11-04   Selby Council Enforcement

Selby Council has won the appeal case brought by 'Woodyfuel' against an enforcement notice to close the wood pellet plant at the Viner Station, Birkin. This will eventually lead to a reduction in HGV traffic past Hillam and along Austfield Lane. It also serves as a reminder that Selby District Council takes enforcement seriously 


2020-11-03   Outstanding

Sherburn and Villages Community Library has won a Library of the Year Award for Outstanding Performance 


2020-11-03   Micklefield Housing Proposal Review

Plans to build more than 100 houses at Micklefield go before Leeds City Council on Thursday. The proposals for the site off Pit Lane would see a reduction in the size of nearby allotments. Local ward councillors have submitted an objection to the plans. 


2020-11-02   Hillam PC Meeting

The next Hillam Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday 4th November at 7.30pm. It will take place on Zoom. Any residents wanting to attend this meeting to ask questions about planning issues or any other matters of interest can send Juvina Janik, the PC Clerk an email at hillampcclerkgmail.com with their question/s and she will send them a link for the Wednesday meeting. 


2020-11-02   Fly Tipper Prosecuted

Selby District Council have successfully prosecuted landlord Mohammed Hussain who pleaded guilty at York Magistrates Court on Friday, 23rd October to failing to ensure household waste from his property was transferred to an authorised person. Hussain, 62, from Newton Park View, Leeds, paid two individuals to dispose of rubbish from his property – which was then dumped onto a farmer’s lane and field in South Milford. Hussain was ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs for fly-tipping. 


2020-11-01   Lantern Walk

Garforth Peace Project’s third annual Peace Lantern Walk takes place on Thursday 12th November. Attendees should meet in Main Street near Tudor Estate Agents at 6pm, to walk to the Diamond Jubilee Garden. Please bring a lantern and candle. Social distancing will apply. 


2020-11-01   Miners Win

Garforth Town were away at Handsworth FC in the Northern Counties East Premier League on Saturday and Burgess, Denton and Barker sealed the win for Garforth with a goal each in a fine 3-1 win. 


2020-10-31   Alcohol Order to Be Extended

An Order which combats the drinking of alcohol in public places is set to be extended and will go live next month, subject to final approval by Leeds City Council. PSPOs last up to three years and can be reviewed after that time. There are currently 14 PSPO areas which are set to be extended in this round, including the splitting of Garforth and Swillington into separate PSPO areas. The areas covered include Armley, Burmantofts, City Centre, Farsley, Garforth and Swillington, Guiseley, Harehills, Horsforth, Kippax and Allerton Bywater, Otley, Pudsey, Wetherby, and Yeadon. 


2020-10-31   Hole in the Wall Gang

Thieves broke into Sugar Rush Sweeties, a pick n mix store in Lotherton Way Garforth and made off with the till, a small amount of cash and around £200 of stock last Sunday night. West Yorkshire Police are investigating the crime. 


2020-10-30   Community Conversation

Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has launched his latest ‘Community Conversation’ survey and is inviting residents across West Yorkshire to share their views on the impact of Covid-19, police contact, visibility, Neighbourhood Policing and community cohesion. You can take part by completing the questionnaire at www.smartsurvey.co.uk /s/WYConversation . 


2020-10-30   Goodbye Captain Jack

Garforth Town first team captain Jack Lazenby has moved on to neighbours Pontefract Collieries. Jack returned to the club in December last year, joining the Miners from Brighouse Town. After appearing 16 times in a second stint for the club (41 overall), Jack has decided to make the step back up to NPL football. 


2020-10-29   See It at the Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet pub is hosting a Halloween drive in movie on Sunday 1st November at 7pm. The movie is the Stephen King horror classic IT. Tickets are £30 per car. Call 07885662078 for more details 


2020-10-29   Drugs Raid

Officers from Outer East Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Neighbourhood Impact Team executed a warrant on Wednesday at an address in Garforth. A quantity of drugs has been recovered and a male is currently in custody whilst enquiries continue. 


2020-10-28   Learn to Swim

Carol Saunders Swim School is taking bookings for their next course in November at Sherburn High School. They have some spaces available for beginners to advanced swimmers as well as adult swimming lessons. Call 01757 709703 for more details 


2020-10-28   Donna Helps Macmillan Nurses

A cancer survivor and care worker from Garforth has shaved her head to raise money for Macmillan nurses. Donna Binns, 49, took part in the charity shave on Saturday, 17th October at her home after changing coronavirus restrictions meant she was unable to go ahead with plans to do it at The Gaping Goose and raised in the region of one thousand pounds. Donna has donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss. 


2020-10-27   Covid Update

The latest coronavirus data shows that, in the 7 days leading up to 19th October, Selby had the highest rate of new cases in North Yorkshire, with 196 per 100,000 


2020-10-27   Stepping Up

Like the other businesses in the hospitality trade, The Cross Keys at Hillam is offering free kids meals during half term 26th October to 1st November. The meals are from the kids menu. There are no requirements or criteria, no questions. Just simply free meals! They are available as eat in or take out. Call 01977 680377 or message via Facebook to arrange booking your table/arranging collection. 


2020-10-26   Illegal Caravan Action Imminent

On Monday 19th October Selby Council commenced legal action through the courts regarding the illegal use of land to accommodate caravans on Hillam Lane, the road to Burton Salmon. The aim of this is to clear the site and return the land back to open Green Belt. 


2020-10-26   Remembrance Sunday

A Garforth Community Act of Remembrance will take place online led by St Mary’s Church Garforth. Join the service at 10.45am on Facebook or You Tube by searching for St Mary’s Church, Garforth. For safety reasons there will not be a service at the War Memorial this year. 


2020-10-25   Food Bank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary’s Garforth will be on Monday 9th November between 2pm and 3.30pm in the church car park. Earlier drop offs can be made to the Rectory. 


2020-10-25   Local Hotspot

In the list of West Yorkshire’s top coronavirus hotspots in the week up to 19th October, Garforth West was ranked second with 53 new cases, equivalent to an infection rate of 885 per 100,000, beaten only by Hyde Park Corner and Woodhouse Cliff. No other LS25 communities feature on this list.  


2020-10-24   Dig Days

Garforth in Bloom hold Dig Days on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, meeting at Jubilee Garden on Aberford Road at 9.30am. If you want to spend a couple of hours helping out, bring gloves and a small trowel. Hot drinks are provided afterwards. 


2020-10-24   Half Term Sports Camp

Leeds Rhinos Foundation are hosting a 4 day multi sports camp at Garforth Tigers ARLFC for kids aged 7 to 14 on Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th October, 7-10 year olds in the morning 9.30am to noon and 11-14 year olds from 1pm to 3.30pm. The cost is just £15 for the 4 days. To book a place visit tickets.therhinos.co.uk 


2020-10-23   Not on My Watch

A motion to feed more than 1.4 million children during school breaks until Easter next year was voted down in Parliament on Wednesday evening. The bid, tabled by Labour, was defeated by 322 votes to 261 - with a majority of 61. Local MP Alec Shelbrooke voted against free school meals 


2020-10-23   Rail Trespass Warning

British Transport Police have issued an urgent warning after thirteen trespassing incidents on the Leeds to Micklefield route in the last month. Stones have been thrown at trains, people have been seen on the tracks and a scooter and a bike have been deliberately placed on the line.  


2020-10-22   Safeguarding and Young People

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 Tuesday 27th October. The subject is Safeguarding and Young people. Watch it at http://bit.ly/PAM27Oct2020  


2020-10-22   Bonfire Appeal

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking people to please not host events or have bonfires at their own property this Bonfire Night. Garden fires can so easily get out of control and they have already seen a rise in attending garden fires since the Coronavirus outbreak. 


2020-10-21   School Places Deadline Approaches

Parents and carers have until Saturday 31st October to submit their applications for their child’s secondary school place (year 7) for September 2021. Families are advised to use all five of their preferences to give their child the best chance of being allocated a place at a preferred school 


2020-10-21   Youth Gangs Warned

Police is Garforth have given groups of young people Covid-19 warnings after finding them wandering the streets. They have also warned that their parents face fines starting at £200 if they are caught again. Meeting outdoors in groups of more than 6 is illegal at this time. 


2020-10-20   Road Closure

The Great North Road in Micklefield will be closed from 8am to 4pm on Sunday 1st November for roadworks. 


2020-10-20   Lorry Fire Delays

Two lanes on the M1 near Garforth were closed due to a lorry fire on Monday afternoon. Traffic queued for several miles due to the incident, which was northbound between J46 A6120 Selby Road (Leeds Colton/Garforth) and J47 A656 (Garforth Micklefield). Junction 47 sliproad was closed. Police and the fire service were in attendance and dealt with the fire 


2020-10-19   Caught with Trousers Down

A man has been jailed for 10 weeks after being caught with his trousers round his knees in the bushes in Barley Hill Park in Garforth. 56-year-old Andrew Siberry pleaded guilty and was also ordered to pay £515 in court costs. 


2020-10-19   Missing Person Concern

Police are appealing for anyone who sees a missing Leeds man to get in contact. Macauley Racz, 25, was last seen on Main Street, Garforth at 3.20pm on Wednesday 14th October. The last known contact with him was on Friday 16th October. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare. Macauley is white, 6’2” tall and with a beard, last seen wearing a hooded top, black North Face parker jacket with a fur hood, black bottoms and Timberland boots. Macauley may now be in the Manchester area. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 1510. 


2020-10-18   Halloween Competition

Garforth Feastival is giving away 3 spooktacular hampers to the best outdoor decorations in the Garforth and Swillington ward. Post photos of your decorated house on the Garforth Community Feastival Facebook page or on Instagram with #spookmyhouse and tag @GCFeastival before the deadline of 6pm on 31st October to enter 


2020-10-18   Farewell at the Minster

The funeral of Reverend Frank Chappell, former Vicar of St Mary’s Garforth will be on Friday 23rd October at York Minster. Due to the current restrictions, attendance will be limited to family and invited guests. 


2020-10-17   Local Covid Hotspot

Leeds now has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Yorkshire and there are several hotspots where the virus is spreading faster, according to Public Health England data for the seven days up to 10th October. Of the 28 worst hit areas of Leeds only one is in LS25, Kippax West, which has 28 reported cases. 


2020-10-17   Local House Prices Fall

According to Zoopla the average house price in LS25 is £214,159. This figure is down £4,237 in the last 3 months and £21,838 down on a year ago. 


2020-10-16   Romance Scams

Police forces across the country are highlighting the dangers of dating scams. Do you think you may have met someone online who is not who they are claiming to be? Are they asking you for money on a regular basis? Beware. 


2020-10-16   Almost There But Not Quite

The end of waste tipping at Peckfield Landfill site, which was scheduled for 30th September 2020, has unfortunately not been met due to waste inputs at the site have dropped significantly because of the impacts of Covid 19 and the coming online of the second energy from waste facility at Ferrybridge. The final phase of landfilling will therefore be managed through the planning enforcement regime. Residents are asked to remain patient. 


2020-10-15   Virtual Halloween Disco

Sherburn Gala Association run a Halloween disco every year, but due to COVID-19, they have to do things a little different this year. The Gala Association will have a virtual Halloween disco this year on Friday 30th October 6 -7 pm. Families can join in the fun and have a Halloween party at home. The disco will also be on Facebook live.  


2020-10-15   Community Volunteer Awards

Awards have now been handed out to all the winners of the Sherburn in Elmet 100 Club Community Volunteer Awards 2020. The awards recognise the local people and businesses who have helped the community throughout the pandemic in a variety of different ways. Local residents nominated all of the finalists for their hard work and efforts throughout the pandemic. 


2020-10-14   Drive Thru Flu Clinic

Starting from 13th October until 17th October South Milford Surgery is holding a drive-thru flu vaccination clinic at Sherburn Airfield. You must arrange an appointment in advance to attend by calling 01977 682202 


2020-10-14   Less Lotherton Discussion

Leeds City Council are considering a reduction in opening hours at Lotherton Hall and Thwaite Mills as part of a cost saving programme to try to meet the £118.8m shortfall which is estimated for the 2021/22 budget. Cost saving options will be considered at a meeting of the executive board on Wednesday 21st October 2020 


2020-10-13   Roadworks at Academy

Replacement gasworks are taking place on Lidgett Lane between Garforth Academy and the Selby Road junction from 24th October to 1st November. The road will be closed to everybody but residents for 9 days. 


2020-10-13   In the Know Now

Following the failure of Leeds City Council and Public Health England to promptly inform Garforth residents of the major Covid outbreak in the community, local councillor Mark Dobson has managed to secure a seat on the Council’s cross party COVID-19 Member Outbreak Control Board.  



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