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Report for the June 2015 Parish Council Magazine

It's that time of year again. And no, I don't mean It's Springtime (although it is! Mind you even that is frustrating for us Bloomers as Spring can't seem to make its mind up. Even as I write I'm wrapped up in a warm sweater). No, it's time to produce another magazine article!! It's time to bring the people of Kippax up-to-date with the continued attempts to make our village a lovely place to live.

I am writing the day after two Yorkshire In Bloom judges Christine and Paul visited us to carry out the Spring Judging of our entry in this year's competition. Apparently this is the last year that the organisers will have a Spring Judging: in future they will copy the Britain in Bloom competition with a single judging later in the year. Hopefully this will benefit our volunteers who spent the last fortnight on a daily mission, out in all the varying Spring conditions to present Kippax and its many flower beds in its best possible light. After a winter of weeding, cutting, chopping and litter-picking, we hope that everyone is now enjoying the spring bedding plants and wonderful daffodil displays around the village.


Our volunteers at work in early Spring

Each year we endeavour to maintain the many beds that have been developed over the last twelve years or so, while at the same time looking to create new and improved features. Hence widened borders at the entrance to the Community Centre, an information board in the Wild Life Garden on Gibson Lane, courtesy of the Art Group, further evidence of the whole community approach to Kippax in Bloom, and improvements to the entrance to the grounds of St Mary's Church.

The judges will return in early July and deliver their verdicts on our efforts: and with a further three months of planting, weeding and tidying we live in hope of further recognition of our efforts.

Spring display outside Mr Botts

For all you keen gardeners we are once again running our Front Garden competition but this year you can enter your back garden also with prizes for our winners sponsored by Marie and Jonny at Woodend Nursery. Entrants can give their details to Pat at the Sweet Shop or Marie at the Nursery or email Pat at psamykib@aol.com by the 15th of June,

Once again, thanks to our Parish Council, our City Council ward members, Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside, Woodend Nursery, our sponsors and of course our intrepid band of volunteers.

We are always appreciative of support wherever it may come from so if you feel that you can help in any way please drop in and see Pat in her Sweet Shop or telephone 0113 2862283 or e-mail her at above. Or, if you feel particularly foolhardy, just join the yellow-coated army on a Sunday morning - you'll even get a yellow coat of your own! Our webpage is www.kippaxinbloom.com.

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