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Report for the December 2017 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters



The magazine's publication dates, unfortunately, never accord with the 'in-Bloom' cycle of events. So, by the time you read this news it will be nearly Xmas. In July, we reported the visit of the Yorkshire in Bloom judges to Kippax. The results and awards ceremony was held on 12th September at York Racecourse. Not only did Kippax win another gold medal, they were the outright winner in the Small Urban Community category. In addition, we picked up a special award for the 'sustainable planting' at Calvert Close. Consequently, we are once again extremely proud of these achievements. The judges' report provides some very encouraging reading. It begins with "From the moment we arrived it was clear that this community are committed to in Bloom and pulling together to one aim to make Kippax a wonderful place to live and work." They went on to praise the tropical beds, the bee on his hive overlooking the colourful nectar mix wildflower meadow near the Moorgate pub, the sustainable planting area at Calvert Close, the many hanging baskets and boxes around the village, concluding that "there's truly something to see at every turn". They were impressed by the contributions of schoolchildren at Kippax North School 'blown away' by the 'fabulous' work at the Growing Zone and generally the work around the village supporting the local heritage such as Butt Hill Gardens. Equally importantly, the judges were struck by the quality of people's gardens as they toured around the village, which is a real boost.

Once again, it is a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to another huge and welcome success. The community involvement, of church, chapel, schools, cubs and scouts, the Billy Wood resource, the many sponsors and volunteers is noted and much appreciated.

Of course we appreciate the support of the Parish Council without whom this would not be possible, our ward councillors, the Parks and Countryside Department of Leeds City Council, their Locality Team and Woodend Nurseries.

Our volunteers can still be seen on Sunday mornings and at various times during the week,planting, tidying beds, dead-heading, preparing compost and doing those winter chores that will prepare for the next assault on our local environment.

In the meantime we wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year

Again, if you feel that you can contribute in any way, however small, please call in to

Pat'sSweet Shop on the High Street or contact her on 0113 2862283 or e-mail at

psamykib@aol.com. You will always be most welcome.


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