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Report for the December 2018 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters

KIPPAX IN BLOOM

Champions Again! In the previous edition of the magazine, I wrote about the difficulties created by the drought this year, adding greatly to the workload of the volunteers. I also wrote of Kippax looking good when the Yorkshire in Bloom judges visited in July but we had to wait until September to find out our results. Once again, Kippax in Bloom won a Gold Medal and, moreover, were again the outright winner in the Urban Community category. If we add that to the Best Dressed Village award in the Tour de Yorkshire, what a fabulous year it has been.

The judges referred to the difficulties provided by the drought which had been overcome, and that “their work was showcased throughout the village for all to see.” There was praise for “the whole community approach,” the involvement of schools, churches and community groups and the continuing support of the Parish Council and Leeds City Council. They were very complimentary about the group “always looking to future developments,” and “coupling floral displays and perennial planting with historic features and art.”

Having interviewed Pat regarding our continued success, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that “green-fingered volunteers are celebrating fresh success in a year that has confirmed their village as a blooming lovely place to live.” And while awards and medals are very welcome, that after all is the purpose of our efforts.

Special congratulations must go to Kippax North School on winning a Gold Medal this year for their first-time entry in the schools section of Yorkshire in Bloom. What a wonderful achievement!

Now of course, our amazing team of volunteers continue with the next cycle of planning, pruning, weeding, digging and planting. By the time you read this article we will have had another Litter Pick so our village looks it’s best for Remembrance Sunday. Mike from Kippax Art group will have finished the revamp of the “Pig on the Wall" mural preserving a bit of local history originally painted by Gary and we'll have planted more bulbs to add to our spring displays. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.

We continue to be grateful for the support of the Parish Council, our LCC Ward Counsellors, LCC Parks and Countryside Department, their Locality Team, Woodend Nurseries and all our sponsors. We especially thank June and her team at the Growing Zone for their amazing work there and the residents who helped us with the extra watering needed this year.

We hope some of you can join us in the coming year to continue with improving our village. All the evidence suggests that gardening is very beneficial to our mental and physical wellbeing. Please call into Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street, ring on 0113 2862283 or e-mail at psamykib@aol.com if you can contribute in any way. Our Website is kippaxinbloom.com

In spite of the above, I end on a very sad note. We were most upset to hear of the death in October of Doug Morley, the Chair of the Parish Council. Doug had always been a great supporter of Kippax in Bloom, ever since its inception in 2002. Not only did that support come through the Parish Council, but Doug also mucked in to help. That he will no longer be seen around the village cutting grass is a great shame and loss. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts remain with Margaret and family.


 

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