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2024-05-21   A Month in the Country

The film showing on Friday 31st May at 7:30pm at Sherburn Cinema in The Old Girls? School Community Centre is ?A Month in the Country?. Tickets are ?5. Doors open 7pm. Refreshments are available. 

 

2024-05-21   Copper Cable Theft

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information about the theft of copper cable in the Monk Fryston area. It happened between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Monday (10-13 May 2024) at KE Lunness Aggregates Ltd on Brotherton Road. A cabin at the premises was also damaged and the estimated cost to the business is ?20,000. If you have any information call 101, select option 2 and ask for Bill Davies. Please quote reference 12240083607. 

 

2024-05-20   Wellbeing Walks

Enjoy a free wellbeing walk starting at Sherburn and Villages Community Library on Monday 20th May at 10am and again on Wednesday 29th May at 10am. No need to book, just turn up. Free refreshments afterwards.  

 

2024-05-20   New Mayor Elected

Labour's David Skaith was voted in as the first mayor for York and North Yorkshire on 2nd May. A total of six candidates stood for election. David received 66,761 votes with Conservative Keane Duncan second on 51,967 votes. 

 

2024-05-19   Temporary Opening Time Change

On 15th June the Kippax Community Pantry will be open early, from 9am to 10am, because Kippax Gala starts at 11am.  

 

2024-05-19   No Parking

There will be road resurfacing work being carried out on Lidgett Lane, Garforth on 19th and 20th May from 7am to 7pm. Parking restrictions swill apply. 

 

2024-05-18   U16 Footballers Wanted

Swillington Saints FC are looking for year 10/11 footballers for their U16 team in season 2024/25. For more details ring 07904 062498 

 

2024-05-18   Charity Plant Sales

There is a charity plant sale in aid of ABF the Soldiers Charity and Kippax Foodbank at the allotments across from Ash Tree School on 18th and 19th May from 10am t0 4pm. Also on Bank Holiday Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Bank Holiday Monday the 27th from 10 am to 4pm. 

 

2024-05-17   Clothes Sale

The Friends of Swillington Church are holding a Clothes Sale at Swillington Miners Sports and Social Club on 22nd June from 11am to 3pm. Clothes donations are welcome. 

 

2024-05-17   Burton Salmon Fete

Burton Salmon Fete takes place at North Lodge on Sunday 2nd June from 11am to 4pm. Something for everyone, dog events, fabulous stall holders, D day exhibition, bouncy castle, Pimms, Thai food, burger van and more. 

 

2024-05-16   Ladies Night

There is a Ladies Night at Kippax Band Club on Friday 18th October in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Tickets are ?15 

 

2024-05-16   Knife Sweep

Outer East Neighbourhood Police Team conducted a knife sweep in Barleyhill Park this week. No weapons were located. 

 

2024-05-15   May Table Top Sale

St Mary?s Church Swillington is holding a Table Top Sale at the church on Saturday 18th May from 10am till noon.  

 

2024-05-15   Road Closed till Weekend

Following the burst water main on Selby Road it is expected that the road will remain closed until sometime on Sunday 19th May 2024. It will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. 

 

2024-05-14   Bowling in Kippax

There is free bowling every Tuesday evening from 6.15pm at Kippax Bowling Club on Brigshaw Lane. Come along and give it a try. 

 

2024-05-14   Funday Success

The Family Fun Day at Hillam Cricket Club on Sunday 5th May in aid of MND raised ?2,800. 

 

2024-05-13   Introduction to Haiku

At Garforth Library Social on Monday 13th May, 12.30-2pm, we'll be trying our hand at Haiku poetry - only 3 lines per Haiku, easy and fun, no rhyming needed! Come along and have a go. Library socials are free monthly events. Refreshments are provided. 

 

2024-05-13   Garforth Lions Beer Festival

Garforth Beer Festival will take place on Sunday 26th May at Garforth Country Club. The event is all-ticket, which cost ?10 and are available from the Club. The event will be held from 12 noon to 9pm. No children or dogs are permitted. 

 

2024-05-12   Music for the Runners

Garforth Brass will be one of a number of bands performing along the route of the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on Sunday 12th May. 

 

2024-05-12   Speedster Caught

A speeding driver was caught at over 100mph on the A1M near Selby Fork on Tuesday, 7th May. The driver was arrested during a police crackdown on road offences on the A1M called Operation Mainland. 

 

2024-05-11   New Defibrillator

A new Kippax Parish Council defibrillator has now been installed in Leeds Road bus shelter. 

 

2024-05-11   New Arrival Surprises Keepers

A new arrival took staff at Lotherton Wildlife World by surprise by becoming an unexpected addition to their family of cuddly Capybara. The baby cappy is the first to ever be born at Wildlife World. 

 

2024-05-10   Barmy Bingo

Friday 31st May at 7.30pm is Barmy Bingo Night at Kippax Legion. Tickets are ?20. Doors open at 6.30pm. Non-members are welcome. 

 

2024-05-10   Motorist Jailed

David Paxton, 44, of Lowergate, Paddock, Huddersfield, was jailed for 10 months and banned from driving for 29 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving while banned and having no insurance. It came after Paxton, who has multiple motoring offences on his record, led police on a chase along the M1 before turning off into Garforth in November. 

 

2024-05-09   Equestrian Car Boot Sale

There is an Equestrian Car Boot Sale at Millford Plants on Sunday 26th May 9am to 1pm. 

 

2024-05-09   Kippax Shop Change Plan

A new application has been submitted to Leeds City Council?s planning committee outlining plans to transform Kippax News on 44 High Street in the Leeds town into a ?hot food/pizza takeaway shop?. Consultation on the application is due to begin on 16th May, with comments to be submitted by 10th June. 

 

2024-05-08   Good to Outstanding

Eighteen primary schools in Leeds are rated good or outstanding by OFSTED. They include Aberford C of E Primary School and Ash Tree Primary School in Kippax. 

 

2024-05-08   Cycle Marking and Registration Event

Outer East Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be holding a Cycle Marking and Registration Event at Garforth Police Station, Lidgett Lane, Garforth on Saturday 11th May from 9am to noon. PCSO's will be present outside of the Police Station, marking bicycles free of charge. 

 

2024-05-07   Mayor Re-elected

Tracy Brabin, the current and first Mayor of West Yorkshire has been re-elected for a second term with 50.4 percent of the vote after being declared the winner following counts across the region. 

 

2024-05-07   Hotel for Sale

The 37 room Yorkshire Gateway Hotel on the Great North Road, close to the village of South Milford and a stone?s throw away from junction 42 of the A1(M) is up for sale for just under?1 million. 

 

2024-05-06   Family Bingo Night

St Mary?s Church Birkin and Beal are holding a Family Bingo Night on Friday 17th May from 7pm to 9pm. For more information ring 07799704105 

 

2024-05-06   Miners Win Promotion

Garforth Town beat Albion Sports 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in normal time in their Play Off final on Saturday. A massive crowd of 1391 watched the game and shootout. Garforth will be playing in the Pitching In Northern Premier League next season. 

 

2024-05-05   Clothing Bank Collection

Garforth and District Lions will be collecting clothes in Micklefield C of E Primary Academy playground on Thursday 9th May from 3pm to 3.30pm. Clothes must be clean and serviceable please. 

 

2024-05-05   Food Bank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary?s Garforth will be on Monday 13th May and not Monday 6th May as earlier reported. Can items please be left at the back of Church and not in the Rectory porch until further notice. 

 

2024-05-04   Garforth and Swillington Election Result

Sarah Field of the Garforth and Swillington Independents has been returned as councillor for the Garforth and Swillington ward with 3,469 votes. 

 

2024-05-04   Kippax and Methley Election Result

James Lewis of the Labour Party has been returned as councillor for the Kippax and Methley Ward with 3,570 votes. 

 

2024-05-04   Harewood Election Result

Sam Firth of the Conservative Party has been returned as councillor for the Harewood Ward with 3,619 votes. 

 

2024-05-03   House Building Application

Persimmon Homes have applied to build 106 new homes on a site between South Milford and Sherburn.  

 

2024-05-03   Car Boot Sale

There is a car boot sale at Millford Plants on Sunday 12th May. ?10 for a stand. Sellers to arrive from 8am and buyers 9am. It runs until 1pm. Strictly No Plants or Food to be sold. 

 

2024-05-02   Family Fun Day

There will be a Family Fun Day at Hillam Cricket Club on Sunday 5th May from noon to 4pm in aid of the MND Association charity. 

 

2024-05-02   Micklefield Neighbourhood Plan

Micklefield Parish Council are forming a group of residents to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. They will be holding an information session at Churchville House at 7pm on Friday 3rd May. Anyone wishing to join this group should call Dylan Brown on 07710 314159 

 

2024-05-01   Tennis Courts Resurfacing

The resurfacing of the tennis courts on Brigshaw Lane is scheduled to be carried out starting 13th May but is dependent on the weather. The work is being funded by Kippax Parish Council. 

 

2024-05-01   Final opponents

Albion Sports will be Garforth Town?s opponents at the Bannister Prentice Stadium next Saturday, after beating Campion 2-0. The winners will be promoted. 

 

2024-04-30   Just in Case?

A new defibrillator has been installed outside of Mount Pleasant Community Centre in Kippax. 

 

2024-04-30   Child?s Body Found

Experts examining a 1600 year old coffin discovered in Garforth initially identified it as belonging to a woman aged between 25 and 35. Further investigation has revealed that the coffin also contained the remains of a ten year old child. 

 

2024-04-29   Kippax Community Club

The Club meets every Monday except Bank Holidays. In Crosshill Court Community room. Starts at 1.30 to 3.30. It's ?1.50 entrance and this gets you 2 drinks and biscuits or cakes. Everybody welcome. 

 

2024-04-29   Final Bound

Garforth advanced to next week?s playoff final thanks to four excellent penalties and a Harry Flatters spot kick save against Rossington. After ninety minutes in a game of few chances and no goals, nothing could separate the sides. Garforth converted all four of their penalties and Harry Flatters pulled off a brilliant spot kick save to send the majority of the 976 crowd wild and Garforth through to next Saturdays final. 

 

2024-04-28   Free Reading

Allerton Bywater Primary School has taken a creative step to promote reading within its community by installing a Free Little Library on its school grounds. 

 

2024-04-28   Makin Fined for Assault

Chris Makin, 65, of Micklefield was found guilty of an assault of a ?persistent and prolonged nature? and fined him ?4,800 at Harrogate Magistrates Court on Thursday. The assault incident happened on 4th April 2023 when a group of local residents in Church Fenton gathered to try to stop contractors working for Makin ?crowning? trees. Makin was also ordered to pay a ?1,920 surcharge, ?775 costs and ?684 compensation to the victim Mr Mason. 

 

2024-04-27   Kippax Open Fruit and Vegetable Show

Kippax Open Fruit and Vegetable Show takes place at Kippax Community Centre on Saturday 31st August from 1pm. 

 

2024-04-27   Summer Craft Fair

Kippax Community Club are holding a Craft/Summer Fair on 27th July in the Methodist Chapel from 10am to 2pm. Tables are available for ?10. Call Denise on 07525 403348 or Barbara on 0113 2870853 for more information. 

 

2024-04-26   Wheelchair Donation

Garforth and District Lions Club have had 8 new wheelchairs donated and have found suitable homes for them. 

 

2024-04-26   Junior Warriors

Kippax Athletic Under 13?s will be running Junior Warrior to raise money for their new match kit. Sponsors are welcome. 

 

2024-04-25   BBQ and Craft Fair

There will be a Bank Holiday BBQ and Craft Fair at The Legion, Kippax on Sunday 5th May from noon to 3pm. Admission is free. 

 

2024-04-25   Foodbank Collection

The next food bank collection at St Mary?s Garforth will be Monday 6th May. Can items please be left at the back of Church and not in the Rectory porch until further notice. 

 

2024-04-24   PSA Testing Event

Elmet Lions are holding a PSA Testing event for men over 40 at The Motorist in Sherburn on Wednesday 25th September from 2.30 to 7.30pm. There are spaces left for this simple prostate cancer test. Book now with Elmet Lions. 

 

2024-04-24   Community Contact Point

The Garforth, Swillington, Kippax, Methley and Villages Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be holding regular community contact points at Garforth Police Station, Lidgett Lane, Garforth LS25 1LJ. The next contact point will be held on Sunday morning 12th May, between 10am ? 12 noon. Officers look forward to meeting residents to discuss any local issues and community concerns, whilst providing information and advice. 

 

2024-04-23   Volunteers Wanted

RSPB Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's are recruiting Volunteers to help look after their visitor facilities on busy days. This role is completely flexible, so ideal if you can't make a regular commitment. More info visit https://tinyurl.com/ybrhfy54 

 

2024-04-23   League Playoffs

Rossington will be the opponents at the Bannister Prentice Stadium for Garforth Town?s NCEL semi-final on Saturday 27th April. The other tie in this playoff is Campion versus Albion Sports. 

 

2024-04-22   Players Wanted

Garforth Villa are looking for U8 boys for a new team. Training is on Wednesdays though will change to Tuesdays in September. Match days are Saturday. Contact 07447 987727 for more details. 

 

2024-04-22   Open Day

Green Lane School is holding an Open Day for people interested in a nursery or reception place in September 2024. The event takes place on Wednesday 24th April from 3.45 to 4.30pm. 

 

2024-04-21   Fancy a Walk?

Garforth, Kippax & District U3A have several walking groups for people semi retired or retired or just not working for whatever reason. Check out the website and see when and where they meet. 

 

2024-04-21   Is There Anybody There?

There is an evening of mediumship and clairvoyance with June Hughes in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Thursday 25th April at The Commercial in Kippax. Tickets are ?10 in advance or ?14 o the door. The event starts at 7.30pm. Text 07754 958934 for tickets. 

 

2024-04-20   Emily Wins

Roundhay Park has just played host to two exhilarating events - the Run Yorkshire Roundhay Half Marathon, and its 10k counterpart. The Half marathon winner was Emily Coates, from Garforth. 

 

2024-04-20   Big Band Music

The Northern Swing Orchestra Big Band and Nicki Allan will be performing at Swillington Sports and Social Club on Sunday 5th May at 3:30pm. Tickets are ?7. Under 16s free. 

 

2024-04-19   Living With Death

An ancient lead coffin which lay buried in a Garforth field for more than 1,600 years is set to be revealed to the public for the first time. It will be at Leeds City Museum as part of a Living With Death exhibition from May 3, 2024 until January 5, 2025 and is free to visit. 

 

2024-04-19   Drug Addict Sentenced

A desperate drug addict stole a ?17,000 road-rolling plant machine and then led police on a chase around Garforth. Simon Pickard was seen loading the vehicle into a Ford Transit on cloned plates after reversing up the track of a farm off Selby Road in Garforth. Police spotted the van on Bar Lane and turned to begin pursuing him along Aberford Road. He was caught on Collier Lane near Aberford where the police were able to stop him safely. He was given 16 months jail suspended for 24 months. 

 

2024-04-18   Open Age Rugby League

On Friday 19th April at 7pm Kippax Welfare Sports and Social Club are holding a players? meeting in the Welfare downstairs bar for anyone who is interested in playing for their new open age rugby league side. 

 

2024-04-18   Kippax Makers Market

The next Kippax Makers Market is on Saturday 20th April from 10am to 1pm at Kippax Methodist Church 

 

2024-04-17   LS25 is Popular

Removals comparisons website Compare My Move found there was a 68% increase in people moving to Leeds in 2023 compared to 2022. Of the 10 most popular Leeds postcodes that people have moved to in 2023 LS25 came sixth with an average house price of ?289,725 and a weekly average rental price of ?225. 

 

2024-04-17   Outstanding School

According to Government data for the academic year 2022/2023, 15 Leeds primary schools rated as outstanding. East Garforth Primary Academy, located in Aberford Road, East Garforth achieved the third highest grade with 91 percent of pupils meeting the expected standard. 

 

2024-04-16   Car Boot Sale

Elmet Lions are holding a car boot sale at Millford Plants on Sunday 28th April. Sellers can set up from 8am. Doors open at 9am. 

 

2024-04-16   Playoff Dates

Last weekend Garforth Town guaranteed a playoff place with victory at Bottesford. The provisional date for the playoffs are : Semi-finals - Saturday 20th April, Final - Saturday 27th April 

 

2024-04-15   Community Tea Party

South Milford Women?s Institute are hosting a free Community Tea Party at the WI Hall on Sunday 9th June from 2pm to 5pm. All welcome. 

 

2024-04-15   Sister Act

Garforth Musical Society's spring production is Sister Act. It will be performed at the Welfare Hall, Garforth from Tuesday 23rd April till Saturday 27th April starting at 7.15pm each night. Tickets are ?10 each and are available at SPT school partnership shop in Main Street. 

 

2024-04-14   Music and Dance Festival

The Pure Country Music and Dance Festival takes place from Thursday 4th July pm to Sunday 7th July am at Squires Bike Cafe, Sherburn in Elmet. Stall spaces are available. 

 

2024-04-14   Village Meeting

Kippax Annual Village Meeting takes place at Kippax Methodist Church on Thursday 25th April at 7pm. Doors open at 6.15pm 

 

2024-04-13   The End is Near

Garforth Town?s final league game, away at Eccleshill, has been rearranged and will now take place on Tuesday 16th April (weather permitting), kick off 7.45pm. 

 

2024-04-13   Aberford?s Leeds Festival Tickets

Applications for Aberford resident tickets to Leeds Festival 2024 must be submitted by 30th April. An application form can be downloaded from the Aberford Parish Council website. There are 130 tickets available, each valid for 3 days of the festival including camping. The ticket price is ?65 with two tickets allocated to each successful household. 

 

2024-04-12   M1 Road Accident

A lane was closed on the M1 following a crash on Monday morning. One lane was closed on the M1 southbound between Junctions 47 and 46 following the collision at around 8.20am. 

 

2024-04-12   Shed Burglar Charged

A man has been arrested and charged over a series of shed and garage burglaries in the Kippax area at the weekend. Lewis Knight, aged 32, of no fixed address, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Monday charged with four burglaries, three attempted burglaries, attempted theft from a motor vehicle, assault of an emergency worker and failing to provide a sample for a Class A drugs test. 

 

2024-04-11   Rare Birds Return

Black-necked Grebes are returning to RSPB St Aidan?s, which is home to 30 percent of the UK population. They are one of the rarest breeding birds in the country and the nature reserve is one of a handful of places where they nest regularly. 

 

2024-04-11   Wonka

Sherburn Cinema at The Old Girls? School Community Centre is showing Wonka on 12th April at 7.30pm. 

 

2024-04-10   Kitchen Assistants Required

The Chequers Inn at Ledsham is currently recruiting for kitchen assistants. They have various hours available but potential candidates must be able to commit to between 15-40 hours per week. Hours and shifts are negotiable. Duties include pot washing, basic food prep and assisting the chefs with the day to day running of the kitchen. No experience is required. Full training will be given. 

 

2024-04-10   Murder Afloat

Kippax Dramatic Society are performing Murder Afloat at St Mary?s Church Hall, Kippax from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th April at 7.30pm. Tickets are ?15 including supper. Entry by ticket only. Call 0113 2862834 for more details. 

 

2024-04-09   Holiday Break

Bengal Cottage in Micklefield will be closed for Eid celebrations on 9th and 10th April. It will re-open on Thursday 11th April. 

 

2024-04-09   Knit and Natter

There is a Knit and Natter at Oliver?s Coffee Bar Kippax on Thursday 11th April from 2pm. 

 

2024-04-08   Drop In Community Contact Point

The Garforth, Swillington, Kippax, Methley and Villages Neighbourhood Policing Teams, will be holding a drop in community contact point at Garforth Police Station on Sunday 12th May from 10am to noon. 

 

2024-04-08   What a Washout

Garforth Town?s final game of the season, away at Eccleshill on Saturday afternoon was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

 

2024-04-07   Bridge Repairs

The railway bridge deck over the A162 London Road at Barkston Ash near Sherburn-in-Elmet requires upgrading following an assessment by Network Rail specialists. Replacing the bridge will also support the future electrification of the line. Construction teams will be working for eight days from 8am on Sunday 26th May to Monday 3rd June closing the A162 with diversions in place. 

 

2024-04-07   Final Home Win

Garforth Town beat Handsworth 2-1 in their final home game of the season on Tuesday evening. 

 

2024-04-06   G-Fest 2024

G-Fest 2024 is on 20th July on Glebelands playing fields. Tickets are ?15 for adults and ?7.50 for children. A family ticket is ?40. Early bird tickets are available until 22nd April form the St Gemma?s shop in Garforth. 

 

2024-04-06   Cricket Season Starts

Sherburn Eversley Cricket Club?s first match is on April 20th, with their first XI facing off against Saxton CC away, while their second XI will be hosting Burn CC at home. 

 

2024-04-05   Players Wanted

Garforth Villa U15 Girls are looking for players (year9-10) for September 2024, in particular a goalkeeper. Contact Steve on 07967 686950 for more information. 

 

2024-04-05   Grassroots Camp

There will be a Leeds United Grassroots Football Camp at Monk Fryston United, Stocking Lane on 29th and 30th August from 9am to 3pm. It is for children aged 5 to 12 years and costs ?25 per day. 

 

2024-04-04   Healing Fair

Shine Bright Spiritual and Healing Fair takes place at Garforth Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday 13th April from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. 

 

2024-04-04   Spring Concert

Kippax Band?s Spring Concert takes place on Sunday 14th April at 7.30pm at the Band Club. Doors open at 6.30pm. Admission is ?5 or free to members. 

 

2024-04-03   Free Skateboarding Lessons

The is free skateboard coaching courtesy of Kippax Parish Council at Kippax Common Skatepark on Thursday 4th April from 1.30 to 3.30pm. There 15 sets of board and helmet so just turn up. 

 

2024-04-03   Meet the Lions

Come and meet the Garforth Lions at the Miners Welfare Hall to celebrate their 100th year on Saturday 6th April. They will be there all day. 

 

2024-04-02   Licensing of Reverend Roberts

The Reverend Peter Roberts will be formally licensed as Assistant Curate of St Mary's, Birkin & Beal in a service officiated by senior clergy on Sunday 14th April at 10am. 

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