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Report for the June 2014 Parish Council Magazine

Spring has arrived - we are now moving forward with our plans to enhance the village with an array of colour in readiness for the Britain in Bloom judges who will visit Kippax in July. We are very proud to have been selected to represent Yorkshire, the White Rose, in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, in its 50th year. The last time we did so, in 2012, we were very successful in being joint category winners in the small urban community category. After last year’s success in being category winner in Yorkshire in Bloom, we realise that we have set a very high benchmark but with your support and the hard work of our dedicated volunteers anything is possible!!!

Having said that, our major aim is to help make Kippax a pleasant place to live: a place where the floral displays, the planted beds, the Cottage garden, and newly planted trees in Gibson Lane Community Centre enhance our community. Kippax, with its long history and great sense of community, is a very special place to be. We try to nurture and build on that heritage so that the next generation of Kippaxers will be proud of their village.

To that end, over winter, our volunteers have been out in all weathers as usual tidying everything, keeping beds weed-free, chopping back overgrown bushes and hedges, edging grass areas and footpaths, and generally preparing for Spring planting and to make a start on our new projects. Now we anticipate a blossoming of colour as we develop all of the beds.

This year sees the 50th Anniversary of Britain in Bloom so it is especially poignant to be involved this year. By the time you read this, myriad sunflower seeds will have been planted by volunteers and community groups in recognition of this ‘Golden’ Anniversary.

We continue to work closely with our local schools, the fantastic Growing Zone, The Cubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, St. Mary’s Church, The Methodist Chapel and The Lions to name a few. This Year we also have 2 Duke of Edinburgh Award students Katie and Charley, helping us. They are pictured below with members of Kippax in Bloom preparing to plant shade loving shrubs and perennials at the back of the Coal Tub.

We continue to be grateful for the support of the Parish Council, our three local Ward councillors, our sponsors, supporters, LCC Parks and Countryside, Woodend Nursery, and, of course our volunteers who, after the difficulties of last year were appreciative of a mild winter. We also appreciate the encouraging comments of passers-by when they see the yellow-coated workers on a Sunday morning. If you would like to help in any way or if you would like to enter the front garden competition, please contact Pat whose details are psamykib@aol.com tel no: 0113 2862283 or pop into Pat’s sweets on the High Street. Our website is www.kippaxinbloom.com


 
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