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Report for the March 2019 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters

KIPPAX IN BLOOM

As I write, we have just welcomed in the New Year so I suppose that one of our hopes for 2019 is that we can be as successful as we have been in the past to benefit all that live, work and visit Kippax. All our volunteers will continue to work hard every week of the year and we will be entering Kippax in Yorkshire in Bloom again this year.

November of last year saw the marking of the centenary of the First World War Armistice. KIB planted polyanthus in red and blue in beds along the High Street and the entrance stones – red to remember those men who gave their lives and blue for the animals. We planted skimmia, heathers, cyclamen and pansies in our planters for some winter colour. We also planted daffodils around the Moorgate shops and Pub that have been sponsored by our grass-cutting contractor, Continental. New crocus bulbs will be appearing on Butt Hill, sponsored by Groundwork. Mixed bulbs were planted in borders at Gibson Lane Community Centre and Crosshills Court sponsored by a local couple as they do every year. Clearly we are extremely grateful for these contributions. As this Parish Magazine is delivered to you these bulbs will be showing their lovely heads.

We were again reminded of the importance of community involvement for “in-Bloom” with the announcement that the Tour de Yorkshire will again be riding through the village so we will be planting blue and yellow again. Kippax looked amazing last year and the way in which the whole community came together was so impressive. We will continue with our Litter Picks so look out for dates in our notice boards and on social media.

Pat has had quite a few residents express their concern about our fabulous bee being left out over winter down at the Moorgate. I'm afraid we have no choice in this as Layla from Dragon Willow who helped us make it says it will fall to bits if we move it and it cannot be repaired again.

Whilst we have increased the number of volunteers we always need more so please can you help in any way, you do not need gardening experience. We hope some of you can join us to continue improving our environment. Also can anyone help with the Kippax North School garden. They won a gold medal last year so any assistance would be most welcome. We now have three Duke of Edinburgh Award students working with us which is very good. We continue to be very grateful for the support of our Parish Council, our LCC Ward Councillors, The Arium, LCC Parks and Countryside Department, their Locality Team, Woodend Nurseries and all our sponsors.

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.


 

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