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Report for the Decemcer 2013 Parish Council Magazine

By the time you read this, eyes and minds will be turned towards Christmas and we hope you have a great one and a happy New Year. The Kippax in Bloomers had really good news back in September when the Yorkshire in Bloom judges announced the results of this year's Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

Once again, Kippax was awarded a gold medal and were the winners of their category, small urban community. The judges thought that 'here was a community that cared for its environment,' and which had 'transformed the area from its mining heritage to a very green and pleasant village' over the past ten years, while not forgetting that heritage. They thought particularly highly of the Methodist Chapel, the Growing Zone, Billy Wood and the work done by Kippax North School, local cubs, scouts, brownies, rainbows and guides. They commented on 'the very high standards of horticultural development and maintenance throughout and the planting of perennials and low maintenance shrubs in many areas' and were impressed by the many gardens in the village that are well tended. They commended the 'art' and murals in the village enhancing some of the buildings.

We found this year very difficult. You will remember that last winter was harsh and spring did not arrive until very late, so much so that the Spring judging was cancelled. We had to work particularly hard to get the village looking its best for the Yorkshire in Bloom judges in early July and we obviously succeeded as we were the winners of our category. So next year 2014 we are representing Yorkshire in Bloom in Britain in Bloom again.

It will be difficult to match our previous success in 2012 but we are going to give it our best shot in the 50th anniversary year of 'in Bloom.

We are pleased to announce that Chris May of Oxford Drive is the winner of our Front Garden Competition, in 2nd place Sandra and Dave Jackman of Sandgate Drive and in 3rd place Colin Richmond of Hall Park Meadows. The Best Container Garden winner is Roy Blackburn of Oxford Drive. Photos of all the winners are displayed in our notice board at the side of the Co-op. Thanks to Marie and Jonny at Woodend Nurseries for their sponsorship of this competition and their help throughout the year.

Once again we are grateful for the support we get from our own Parish Council, our 3 City Councillors and Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside with whom we continue to work closely. We also thank our sponsors, supporters, the local schools and other local groups for their contribution to our success improving the local environment. However a particular thank you goes to our hardy volunteers who work in all weathers and with great dedication.

If there is anyone who would like to join our merry band, and we do need you, please contact Pat Samy at Pat's Sweets on the High Street, Tel 0113 2862283 or e-mail psamykib@aol.com. No particular skills are needed, just a willingness to make and keep the village looking great. Our website is at: www. kippaxinbloom. com

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