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Report for the Sept 2010 Parish Council Magazine

The Yorkshire in Bloom judging took place on Friday 23rd July and the two judges were able to see Kippax looking at its very best. The flower displays were stunning, the streets were litter free and the sun shone (if only it could be like this all the time). As well as the displays created by Kippax in Bloom there were many other things of interest for the judges to admire. These included for the first time an impressive show of flowers by the Moorleigh Gardening Group and Kippax Methodist Chapel and an interesting glimpse into the work of the young gardeners at the Ash Tree Primary School. Other contributions on the day included The Growing Zone, The Welfare Community Garden, St Mary’s Church and The Friends of Billy Wood all of whom maintained their high standards of previous years. Whilst on the High Street, Jason’s and Paul Fintoff’s continued the theme of floral excellence. Also let us not forget all the residents whose well maintained gardens contributed to making our town look so pleasing to the eye

Yorkshire in Bloom Judges with KIB chair Pat Samy

Members of the Moorleigh Gardening Group with just a small part of their display

Pupils at Ash Tree Primary School hard at work 

Kippax in Bloom would like to thank LCC Parks & Countryside, LCC Street Scene, LCC Floral Initiative and our three city councillors for their support. Special thanks to Kippax Parish Council, who as well as being our major sponsor and provider of practical support are also responsible for the plaques mounted on the Kippax boundary stones that commemorate Kippax’s success in last years Britain in Bloom. The hospitality on judging day was provided by the staff at the Moorgate and volunteers Barbara and Jayne. Thank you all. This list of thanks could go on and on as we are indebted to so many people who help make a difference in Kippax. Thank you everybody who contributed towards making our entry in Yorkshire in Bloom a reason for pride.

 By the time you read this report the results of how well we fared in Yorkshire in Bloom should be known. If you still don’t know the result then why not visit our web site at www.kippaxinbloom.com

 On a less positive note it should known that behind the scenes KIB have had to contend with litter, vandalism and an increase in the theft of plants. If you witness any of this antisocial behaviour please report it.

 We ran two competitions this year.

Front Garden Competition – The results of this competition will be announced in September. Many thanks to all those who entered and hopefully more people will be encouraged to enter next year as Kippax has many gorgeous gardens.

Poster Competition – The theme of this year’s poster competition was ‘Keeping our streets clear of litter’ and the results were as follows:- 

Above - The winning entry in the age Group 4-7 by Kathyn Hope

The Runner up was Charlie Wood

Above - The winning entry in the age Group 8-11 by Kate Purchon

The Runner up was Matthew Forrest

New for 2011 – ‘Kippax through the Seasons’ Calendar. As part of our fund raising for next year we would like to produce a calendar showing Kippax at its very best at different times of the year and we are inviting members of the community to contribute photos for possible inclusion. There are a few guide lines for your entries.

  1. The pictures should be readily identifiable as being taken in Kippax.

  2. Max. of 3 photos from each entrant.

  3. Entries can be digital images in jpeg format (not compressed) or good quality prints suitable for scanning.

  4. CDRs or prints should be clearly identified with your name, address and contact telephone number.

  5. Entries restricted to amateur photographers only.

  6. Entries to Pat Samy at Pat’s Sweet Shop, High Street, Kippax LS25 7AF by the 23rd October 2010.

As usual this report ends with an appeal for help. Whilst we have a wonderful group of helpers who have worked miracles there is the old adage that many hands make light work. So if you would like to help in any way (not just gardening or litter picking but maybe delivering leaflets or helping at events to name a couple of ideas) then please contact Pat Samy in any of the following ways at:-

Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street.By telephone 2862283
E-mail psamykib@aol.com.
Please feel free to visit our website at www.kippaxinbloom.com

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