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Report for the June 2018 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


By the time you read this, the riders on the 'Tour de Yorkshire', will have raced at great speed through Kippax. Hopefully you will have really enjoyed this significant occasion for the village, with the bunting, Yorkshire flags, the involvement of schools and the general excitement. You will also have enjoyed, we hope, the blue and yellow flowers which the Kippax in Bloom team planted to welcome the tour on 4th May. This was funded by the Parish Council. This will have turned out to be a presti­gious honour for our village.

At the time of writing, we are four weeks behind in the growing season, such has been the consistently awful weather, but we now have a great show of daffs and crocuses, including newly planted areas on Leeds Road, at the Moorgate Pub, around the coal tub and at Calvert Close.

The Community Litter Pick on Sunday 25th March, previously cancelled because of snow, was a magnificent example of a community coming together for a purpose. Thanks to the 52 volunteers, including children who did a fantastic job. Also thanks to LCC Locality team for providing the litter picking equipment and support on the day. Tea and biscuits were provided by the Co-op and the hamper provided by them was won by Martin Eyre.


Mind you, we would still prefer it if people did NOT drop litter and care more for our environment! At the moment this issue is being featured in the national press as we are compared to other much cleaner countries.

We continue to be busy preparing for the visit of the Yorkshire in Bloom judges in early July, aware that we have set a very high bar for ourselves in recent years. Hopefully we can again rise to the occasion. Certainly wecontinue to strive for new ideas and developments. Our revamp of the Wells Garden and Butt Hill Gardens is progressing. We continue to support the Scouts in developing their vegetable garden. We are helping Kippax North School with their entry in Yorkshire in Bloom. We are looking forward to starting a new project with Greenfield School.

It is with much gratitude that we say thanks to the family of Alec Hives of Ascot Road who very kindly donated to us in lieu of flowers at his funeral. Both Alec and his wife enjoyed going around Kippax and seeing all the plants and flowers. Once again, our thanks go to the Parish Council without whose support none of this would be possible, our city ward councillors, the Parks and Countryside Department of Leeds City Council, their Locality Team and Woodend Nurseries. We hope to see you all around our community as we strive to make Kippax an even better place to live and if you feel that you could help in any way, either as a volunteer, hanging basket or flower bed sponsor, please drop into Pat's Sweet Shop on the High Street or contact her on 0113 2862283 or e-mail at psamykib@aol.com. You will be more than welcome. We particularly need a couple of volunteers to join our grass cutting team who help us on weekdays in summer months. Our website is www.kippaxinbloom.com




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