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Report for the December 2016 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters



Friday, 14th October: Pat and a couple of volunteers were at Edgebaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham. No, it wasn't a Test Match although it could be argued that the stakes were as high. The Royal Horticultural Society were holding the Awards Evening for the Britain in Bloom competition in which Kippax were representing Yorkshire in the Urban Community category. We were competing with five other communities from around Great Britain The RHS head of regional development had already said to the media "The finalists should be immensely proud of all they've achieved to get this far. Eventually it was the turn of Kippax to go to the stage with our competitors. When the announcement was made, it was that Kippax had been awarded a Gold Medal. Once all the finalists had been on stage, it was then announced that Kippax was the very clear outright category winner! In fact, we were the only Gold Medal winner in our category. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, a further announcement stated that Kippax had won a further award - 'the Young People's Award' presented for involving young people from across the community in the best way. This is of course a well-earned recognition of the work of June and her colleagues at The Growing Zone.

It's a fantastic feeling to be judged as the best in our category in such a prestigious competition but we are all winners when we look around Kippax and see the improvements we've made since we started in 2002. We could not have achieved this success without our brilliant volunteers who have worked really hard. We have had a lot of help to make these improvements over the years and we would like to say a big thank you to the people who have helped, who are too numerous to name here.

By the time you read this, winter will have arrived and the next cycle for Kippax in Bloom will be well underway. Indeed it had begun well before the awards ceremony, with the start of our pruning, bulb planting and perennial splitting. Attention will be given to the area around the approach to St Mary's church over the next few months. Kippax Scouts with our help will be clearing an area outside the church hall in order to create a 'community vegetable garden.' Also, the raised car park opposite the Legion will be tackled in order to improve its appearance.

The 'Bloom' group would very much welcome some new volunteers. As we have developed more areas around the village over the years and we want to continue to add new area's it demands more volunteer hours. As well as meeting up every Sunday we also meet up most Wednesday or Thursday mornings, even looking after a bed near to your home by watering, weeding and dead-heading would be a big help. "GIVE AN HOUR" when you can, would make a big difference to how much more gets done to improve our village. Just pop in to Pat's Sweet Shop on the High Street, e-mail her at psamykib@aol.com or call her on 0113 2862283.

Once again, we are grateful for the continued support of our Parish Council, our three ward councillors, the Parks and Countryside Department and Locality Team of Leeds City Council, Woodend Nurseries, our local schools and churches and local residents and businesses. Our website is www.kippaxinbloom.com


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