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Report for the December 2019 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


Kippax in Bloom: Champions Again

It's that time of year again - although actually it's not! By the time you read this, you'll be thinking of Christmas, that time of year. At the time of writing, we bloomers are merely thinking of late autumn and the work that is required over the winter to prepare for another colourful blooming spring and summer.

In the meantime, we can bask in the knowledge that once again, Kippax in Bloom was the winner in the Urban Community category, along with another gold medal, in Yorkshire in Bloom. Many thanks to everyone who helped us to achieve this amazing result. The judges thought that "this community, with so many support groups, is so obviously bursting with pride, which abounded everywhere on the judges' tour." They commented on the "obvious attention to the minutest detail in every possible place." They particularly commented on the amazing allotments, the incredible Growing Zone, Kippax North Primary School bursting with wildlife, finding bee orchids growing in what was a coal mining area as the ultimate in restoration of the natural environment. They also stated that the wild flower meadow at Billy Wood is "a joy to behold." They were struck by the genuine commitment of everyone they spoke to.

We shall continue with our programme of clearing and pruning, weeding and digging and putting some wonderful compost on our beds, generally tidying up and planting our winter bedding for Spring displays. We shall then be ready to enter Yorkshire in Bloom again next year. We have a very high standard to maintain.

The Christmas lights will have been switched on by the time you read this: to prepare for new lights provided by the Parish Council on the silver birch trees at Calvert Close, we have given some winter colour to this area with grasses and heucheras. We are particularly grateful for all of the support we get from so many people and the thanks we get from so many residents. We also continue to receive generous donations from residents for which we are so appreciative, as it means that the In Bloom work is very much a community activity these days. A special thank you goes to Drive Reviver Dave whose generosity is much enjoyed by our volunteers.

Some great news just received is that Kippax in Bloom have been chosen to benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund for a sensory and dementia garden. Please support us by choosing us as your local good cause when the new funding round commences on Oct 27th 2019 or if you haven't already registered as a Co-op member please do so at https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration and pick us. An interesting development in the current national concerns over treating mental health is that there's lots of evidence that gardening is not only good for you physically but it seems mentally also: of course, we have always known this! We feel these benefits. We would love some more volunteers to join us and make a difference around Kippax while also feeling these benefits. If you can help in any way please email Pat at psamykib@aol.com , ring on 0113 2862283 or visit her in her Sweet Shop on the High St. for information. Our webpage is kippaxinbloom.com

We continue to be grateful for the support of Kippax Parish Council, our LCC Ward Councillors, The Arium, LCC Parks and Countryside Department, their Locality Team and Marie and Jonny at Woodend Nurseries, without whom our efforts would be greatly diminished. Finally, of course, our tremendous thanks go to our team of volunteers who strive to make our environment a joy.

Finally, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The sun came out for our volunteers doing the winter planting

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