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Report for the June 2016 Parish Council Magazine

By now, I hope that you have all seen the new signs at the entrances to the village. 'Kippax: Britain in Bloom Award-winning village' Rather eye-catching don't you think? It is certainly pleasing to those of us who have worked so hard to achieve such a plaudit. Thanks go to the Parish Council for sponsorship of the signs.

However, it really puts the pressure on; for once again following our category win and gold medal in 'Yorkshire in Bloom,' we are representing Yorkshire in the 'Britain in Bloom' competition. Judging will take place on Thursday 11* August, so our attention is fixed on ensuring that Kippax looks at its best on that day. The volunteers will be working very hard to that end. However, as noted before, the competition is not just about flower beds and grass verges, pruning trees and bushes or even planting new silver birch trees as has happened next to the beck opposite the Moorgate Pub. It is in fact about how the Kippax community works together to show a commitment to continually improving the village in which we all live and want to enjoy.

In that respect, as a result of our successes, Pat was interviewed on Radio Leeds when she was able to emphasise the importance of that community involvement, illustrating all of the groups with whom we collaborate; local schools, uniformed groups, Kippax Art Group, the Growing Zone and the popular front and back garden competitions. Kippax in Bloom also featured in the 'Yorkshire Evening Post.'

Consequently, we will again be working closely with Kippax North School and organising a poster competition for the pupils at Ash Tree Primary School. We admire greatly the work done at 'The Growing Zone' and welcome their full support. Thanks go to Kippax Library staff who have continued to support our efforts by incorporating some new planters around the building as part of the new refurbishment.

The first sunny day of spring

Another new development this year has grown from a few of the volunteers spending a day on a willow-weaving course. (Further evidence of the lengths Pat and her team will go to be adventurous.) So, come judging day, keep a look-out for a very large Willow Bee to celebrate our Britain in Bloom entry. Also keep a look-out for wild flowers in various locations around the village. Let's hope they all come out!!

Creating the willow bee - busy bees, Ann, Sue and Joan

Of course we welcome the support we get from many villagers, even if it's just a quick 'Thank you' when walking past on a Sunday morning. We would welcome new volunteers to ensure the continuity of Kippax in Bloom. It doesn't have to be digging and planting if that's not your thing; you might water a flower bed near you, keep an eye out for unsightly weeds jutting out of a kerbstone or indeed ensuring the street where you live is litter-free. Just pop in to see Pat at Pat's Sweets on the High Street or e-mail her at psamykib@aol.com.

As always we are very grateful for the support of the Parish Council who sponsors our work as well as our ward councillors, the Parks and Countryside Department of Leeds city Council, Woodend Nursery and our fantastic volunteers without whom none of this would be possible. Our web page can be found at www.kippaxinbloom.com


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