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2021-05-10   Stepping Out for Charity

The Revd Jane Brown at St Mary’s Garforth has signed up to do the Christian Aid May Challenge, to walk 10,000 steps each day during May - a total of over 300,000 steps or about 150 miles. In the first seven days, Jane has managed 73,817 steps. 


2021-05-10   No Change in Garforth

Councillor Sarah Field retained her seat in Garforth and Swillington ward for Garforth and Swillington Independents with 3,780 votes, a 1,675 votes majority over second place Conservative candidate Mark Barratt.  


2021-05-09   Food Bank Collection

The next collection of donations at St Mary’s Garforth for the Food Bank is on Monday 10th May, between 2pm and 3pm in the Church Car Park. Donations may also be dropped off before then to the box in the porch at The Rectory. 


2021-05-09   James Lewis Leads Way for Labour

Council Leader James Lewis retained his seat for Labour in Kippax and Methley ward with 3,500 votes, a 1,112 votes majority over second placed Conservative candidate Connor Mulhall. 


2021-05-08   Bank Holiday Market

Garforth Christmas Lights Committee have organised a May Bank Holiday Market on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May in the car park behind Barclays Bank. The market is open from 10am to 4pm both days. The car park will be closed for parking on both days. 


2021-05-08   Accident Closes M1

The M1 southbound between junction 47 at Garforth and junction 46 at Colton was closed on Thursday evening following a multiple vehicle road traffic accident. The police and ambulance services attended the accident. Traffic was diverted down the Ridge Road to the A63 and rejoined the motorway at junction 46 


2021-05-07   Kippax Defibrillators

Kippax Parish Council has approved funding half the costs of two new defibrillators along with Ward Councillors who are funding the remaining costs . The defibrillators have now been ordered and will be installed ASAP on the exterior of Valley Ridge Community Centre and the other one outside Moorleigh Care Home . 


2021-05-07   End of an Era

Barclays Bank on Main Street closes its doors for the final time today. The nearest branches of Barclays will now be Leeds city centre and Castleford. However, customers can bank with Barclays via the Post Office on Main Street and also use the various cash points on Main Street. 


2021-05-06   Dead Man on Track

The closure of the railway line at Cross Gates on Bank Holiday Monday was because a man has died on the railway line at Cross Gates Station. Paramedics attended the incident but the man, whose death is not being treated as suspicious, was pronounced dead at the scene. Trains between Leeds and York/Selby were cancelled or delayed until all lines were reopened at around 2.30pm. 


2021-05-06   Don’t Forget to Vote

Polling takes place today for local councillors and for the new Mayor of West Yorkshire. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Covid precautions are in place including social distancing, wearing of masks and individual pencils for voters 


2021-05-05   Moving On

DB3 Architects have relocated their offices from Monk Fryston Hall to South Parade in the centre of Leeds after 31 years in their Monk Fryston base.  


2021-05-05   Derailment Brings Rail Chaos

An engineering train derailed shortly before 3am at Church Fenton on Tuesday morning. This has resulted in huge delays on the rail network across Yorkshire, affecting Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and LNER services. Northern are warning that delays and cancellations are expected until midday on Wednesday. 


2021-05-04   Billywood’s Benches

Kippax Parish Council has purchased two new benches for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Volunteers to install on Townclose Hills (Billywood). One is to replace an existing log seat that has rotted. The benches are made from recycled plastic. 


2021-05-04   Incident Closes Rail Line

Trains between Leeds and York and Leeds and Hull were cancelled on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon due to the emergency services dealing with an incident at Cross Gates. A replacement bus service was put into operation to provide passengers with a service. 


2021-05-03   Cold Callers Warning

Police officers in the Selby district are concerned about increasing numbers of people receiving unwanted doorstep traders and telephone scams. Groups of people selling household wares have been active in communities on the outskirts of the district, such as Camblesforth, South Milford, Sherburn, Monk Fryston and Tadcaster. Cold calling or door-to-door trading is not an offence itself but they must hold a pedlar’s licence. 


2021-05-03   Hillam PC APM

Hillam Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Tuesday 4th May at 7pm via ZOOM here the community can highlight issues that are important to them and share ideas that benefit the community. 


2021-05-02   Things to Do

This bank holiday weekend, there is a multitude of places around West Yorkshire offering a chance for kids to run around and play for free while parents keep themselves going with caffeine. With it still being safest to be outside, adventure playgrounds and woodland trails are here to keep kids entertained and stop them from bouncing off the walls at home. Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve has several of its facilities open for visitors, including its nature trails, café, and viewing spots. The reserve boasts the chance to see several species of birds, including herons and kingfishers. Entry is free, but non-RSPB members will have to pay £4 for parking. The car park is open from 6am to 8pm everyday. 


2021-05-02   Travellers Site Rejected

Selby District Planning Committee have refused Application 2020/1126/COU, the Travellers Site on Hillam Lane. The Applicants may lodge an Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate 


2021-05-01   Garforth East Leading the Way

According to latest statistics 67.5 percent of residents in Garforth East, 4, 301 residents, have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine. The average across England is 50.9 percent of the population.  


2021-05-01   Caravans Stolen from Storage

Five Caravans were stolen from storage in a field north of Selby some time between 3pm on 26th April and noon on 27th April. It is believed they were driven in convoy across fields and may have subsequently travelled through Sherburn in Elmet on their way to the A1. Anyone with any information about these caravans should call the police on 101. 


2021-04-30   Car Collision in Swillington

A woman was seriously injured in a crash on Swillington Lane near Selby Road involving a silver Audi A4 and a Land Rover Defender. The crash happened around 7.30pm on Saturday 24th April. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospital. Policing are asking for witnesses to the crash 


2021-04-30   Archbishop Leads the Way

The Archbishop of York the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell will lead the memorial service at St Marys Micklefield to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the mining disaster at Peckfield Pit that killed 63 men and boys. The service will be held at 7.30pm on Friday 30th April at the memorial to the victims outside St Marys Church.  


2021-04-29   Totally Roarsome

The Totally Roarsome Leeds adventure trail is set to open at Hazlewood Castle in Leeds on Saturday, 1st May, lasting all the way through to the summer. It will consist of seven themed zones - including Jurassic Land, Jungle, Arctic, Candy Land, Neverland, Superheroes and Fantasy Land. Tickets are priced at £7.95 per person, for both adults and children and must be booked in advance via the Shop Now button on the Totally Roarsome Facebook page. 


2021-04-29   Motorcyclist Injured

A seventy year old motorcyclist has been seriously injured after crashing into a parked car in Back Newton Lane in Fairburn at around 5.15pm on 24th April. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the roads policing unit on 101  


2021-04-28   Albion at Home

Aberford Albion play Kirk Deighton Rangers at home on Wednesday 28th April at 6.30pm in a West Yorkshire Association Football League 1 game. 


2021-04-28   Resident Tickets to Leeds Festival

Applications for Aberford Parish Council’s resident tickets for the 2021 Leeds Festival are now open. Download an application form from the Aberford Parish Council website. Completed application forms must be posted/delivered to the Parish Clerk at 1 Parlington Villas, Aberford by 30th April. Resident tickets are £40 compared to the normal price of £215. 


2021-04-27   Young Rugby Players Wanted

Kippax Welfare Juniors Rugby League are looking for players in the U7, U9, U14, U15 and U18 age groups. Contact the club for more details. 


2021-04-27   Big Hearted Bertie

Five year old Bertie Lawson was using his metal detector outside the Old Girls School Community Centre in Sherburn when he found a ring. The ring was handed to the police who were able to return it to 58 year old Rupert Denby who lost his wedding ring while helping to put up the village Christmas tree in December. Mr Denby rewarded Bertie with a hamper of chocolates and a thank you note  


2021-04-26   Cricket Training Helpers Wanted

South Milford Cricket Club are looking for people to help their qualified coaches drill the 70 plus youngsters aged 11 and under who come along to cricket training.  


2021-04-26   Hillam Travellers Plan Review

Selby Council are holding a Planning meeting on Wednesday, 28th April at 2pm where a report on Planning Application: 2020/1126/COU - Change of use of land to use as a residential caravan site for 6 gypsy/traveller families, each with two caravans and an ancillary amenity building, together with the laying of hardstanding and construction of new access at Hillam Lane, will be discussed. 


2021-04-25   Ducks in a Drain

West Yorkshire Police officers rescued six baby ducklings after they fell down and got stuck in grate. The officers noticed a duck and it's duckling next to a grate and six more down the drain in an estate in Allerton Bywater. After 10 mins of getting the grate open and fishing them out they managed to get them in a box and to the nature reserve. 


2021-04-25   Peckfield Colliery Disaster

St Mary’s Church, Micklefield is leading a number of services to mark the 125th Anniversary of the Peckfield Colliery Disaster and St Mary’s Garforth will be holding their own Act of Remembrance too. The first explosion ripped through the mine at 7am, followed at 7.20am by the second and largest explosion. At 7.20am on Friday 30th April, the church bells at St Mary’s Church, Micklefield and at St Mary’s Church, Garforth, will be tolled 63 times in memory of those who died. 


2021-04-24   Car Boot Sale

The next Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club Car Boot Sale will be held on Sunday, 9thMay at Milford Plants . Sellers can arrive from 8am, cost £10, buyers from 9am, free entry. Contact Nigel on 01977 682021 or 07857 160596 for more details. The Rotary Club supports registered charity PhysioNet which collects medical equipment that cannot be reused in the UK. 


2021-04-24   Sherburn Library Reopens

Sherburn and Villages Community Library reopened on Monday 12th April and will follow its usual opening hours going forward. They are operating a Covid safe environment and will ask visitors to sanitise their hands and register their presence using the track and trace system upon entry. Visitors are also asked to wear face coverings whilst in the library and observe social distance from others. 


2021-04-23   Garforth Gala Car Boot Sale

Garforth Lions will be running a car boot sale at Glebelands before Garforth Gala on Sunday 11th July. Set up begins at 7am and the car boot begins at 8am, finishing at 11am. For sellers the cost is £5 per car. 


2021-04-23   Man Assaults Pregnant Girlfriend

A man who pushed his pregnant girlfriend during an argument about his drug habit has avoided being locked up. Thomas Brownridge's partner called the police shortly after midnight on 7th November last year when he attacked his partner during the row. Appearing at Leeds Crown Court, Brownridge, of Glencoe Gardens, Kippax, admitted a charge of common assault. The judge gave him a three-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 150 hours of unpaid work. 


2021-04-22   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. 


2021-04-22   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. 


2021-04-21   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. 


2021-04-21   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. 


2021-04-20   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. 


2021-04-20   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. 


2021-04-19   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. 


2021-04-19   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. 


2021-04-18   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 


2021-04-18   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. 


2021-04-17   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. 


2021-04-17   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. 


2021-04-16   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. 


2021-04-16   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. 


2021-04-15   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. 


2021-04-15   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 


2021-04-14   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. 


2021-04-14   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. 


2021-04-13   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”. 


2021-04-13   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. 


2021-04-12   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. 


2021-04-12   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  


2021-04-11   Tigers Wanted

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


2021-04-11   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)  


2021-04-10   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. 


2021-04-10   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. 


2021-04-09   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. 


2021-04-09   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). 


2021-04-08   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. 


2021-04-08   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. 


2021-04-07   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 


2021-04-07   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. 


2021-04-06   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 


2021-04-06   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 


2021-04-05   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.  


2021-04-05   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.  


2021-04-04   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. 


2021-04-04   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. 


2021-04-03   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. 


2021-04-03   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 


2021-04-02   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.  


2021-04-02   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 


2021-04-01   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 


2021-04-01   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. 


2021-03-31   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. 


2021-03-31   Rugby Players Wanted

Kippax Welfare Junior Rugby League Club are looking for U15 players (year ten players). Contact 07803 346055 for more details. 


2021-03-30   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. 


2021-03-30   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. 


2021-03-29   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  


2021-03-29   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. 


2021-03-28   R Number is Below One

The latest R numbers from across England have been released, detailing how quickly the virus is spreading throughout communities. In England, the figure stands at between 0.8 and 1.0. The North East and Yorkshire, however, continue to see the virus spreading slightly below this figure, clocking an R number of 0.8-0.9. 


2021-03-28   Food Bank Donations

The next drop off date at St Mary’s Garforth for donations to the food bank is 2-3pm on Monday 29th March. Alternatively, you can drop off donations earlier in the box in the porch at the Rectory. 


2021-03-27   I’ll Drink to That

The coronavirus pandemic has failed to dampen people’s taste for take-out coffee with Garforth-based Cafe2U’s franchisees seeing record sales. The coffee van franchise and mobile café provider has also seen a boost in recruitment with 14 new franchise partners and the company is now aiming to grow this success in 2021. Cafe2U launched in 2004 and is the UK’s fourth-largest coffee brand with more than 90 mobile café vans. 


2021-03-27   Highest in Yorkshire

There is "huge" variation in the numbers of people getting a coronavirus vaccination across Yorkshire, NHS figures have revealed. Of the four areas in Yorkshire with the highest rates among over-50s, four are in Leeds, with one area being Garforth East. 


2021-03-26   Covid Cases Continue to Fall

There were 786 new Covid cases in Leeds in the seven days up to 24th March. That is 7 percent down on the previous week 


2021-03-26   Frances Hits a Century

Great grandma Frances Heaton, who spent her 99th birthday in lockdown at a Leeds care home is overjoyed to be celebrating her 100th at home with family in Kippax. Frances was born and grew up near Manchester. She met her future husband Len at Scarborough in 1938 and the couple married in September 1945. The couple lived in Harrogate and later in Garforth. 


2021-03-25   Swimming Lessons

Learn to swim at the Holiday Inn, Garforth with Carol Saunders Swim School. Bookings are now being taken for ages 3 years and upwards and for adults on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. Call 01757 709703 for more details. 


2021-03-25   Elect a Mayor

On 6th May an election will be held for a new West Yorkshire Mayor. The powers and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire will pass to the newly elected Mayor and their office as part of the wider devolution deal and arrangements on 10th May. 


2021-03-24   More Time in the Dumps

From Monday 29th March, each of the city’s eight Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs will be open for a further two hours a day from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. With social distancing restrictions continuing to be in place at each site due to coronavirus, and to ensure a safe and quick experience for customers and staff, residents are still required to book a slot for a visit at this current time. 


2021-03-24   Attempted Burglary

Between 10pm on 21st and 8am on 22nd March an attempted burglary occurred at an address on Milford Way, South Milford. The lock on the front door was found to have been snapped off. The door however remained locked and entry was not gained. Please be vigilant with home security and report any information including CCTV footage to NYP on Tel 101 Ref occ 12210082651. 


2021-03-23   Police Aware of Covid Meetings Loophole

Police have warned people to stop using Leeds Skelton Lane Services at junction 45 as a place to meet up. Current Covid rules allow you to meet one other person outdoors. However, officers have found groups of people congregating at the service station. 


2021-03-23   Broadband Improvement Project

Hillam Parish Council are looking at ways of improving local broadband services. They are exploring the viability of a community broadband improvement initiative which will take advantage of the Government’s Gigabit fibre voucher scheme. They are canvassing residents, in order to gauge interest and we will then work with Openreach to determine the overall costings of the initiative, based on the likely uptake. 


2021-03-22   Ready to Bat

Burton Salmon Cricket Club’s outdoor nets (unlimited numbers, socially distanced) begin on 29th March . Their first game is on 17th April 


2021-03-22   Garforth Care Home Downgraded

Springfield Care Home in Garforth was inspected in January by officials from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Its previous rating of good from an inspection two years ago was downgraded to “requires improvement” after a number of safeguarding concerns were raised by patients and relatives during the planned inspection. A statement from a spokesperson for the care home group read: “The team are working very hard on addressing the areas of concern identified and have already made significant progress.” 



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