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Report for the March 2017 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


As I write, it is blowing a gale outside and it is extremely cold! By the time you read this, hopefully the land will be waking up again heralding Spring with the village once again benefiting from the blossoms and blooms in the many beds and borders made by us over the years

By the same token, the KIB volunteers have had to pick themselves up following our brilliant win last year in the Britain in Bloom competition, dust themselves down and, in the words of the song, start all over again. Of course, everyone realises that a very high standard has been set: to maintain that standard will not be easy but that is the aim! This year, we are again in Yorkshire in Bloom so we'll be trying to impress another set of judges. The work needed to achieve that has already begun, in fact it never stops!! As indicated in the last magazine, one new project for 2017 has been initiated by Kippax scouts, with the help and support of KIB; they will develop and operate a vegetable garden in the walled area beside the Church Hall. Four plots have been cleared and prepared in readiness for planting. That was a big job well tackled by the Scouts, their leaders and helpers, some parents and KIB volunteers.

The Scouts' initiative reminds us, of course, that the 'In-Bloom' competitions are not just about flower beds, bushes and plants. They are also very much about community involvement. To that end, we will continue to work with Kippax schools, hopefully encouraging our children to appreciate the importance of looking after their village and environment. We will again be supporting Kippax North School in developing and looking after their vegetable garden.

In a similar vein, it was most pleasing that the Growing Zone were given national recognition for their fantastic work. In the RHS magazine, 'The Garden', its praises were again sung. RHS judges Glenn Dale and Martyn Hird said, 'It gives independence to disadvantaged young people who would otherwise not have access to outdoor space.'

In terms of community, we should also like to thank the people of Kippax. Most people seem to appreciate the results of the work carried out by KIB throughout the year. Moreover we all appreciate that vandalism is extremely rare now and that hopefully means that people are keen to respect their environment. The support of residents, community groups, churches and schools is very much appreciated. The support of the Parish Council, our ward councillors, the Leeds City Council's Parks and Countryside Department and Locality Team and Woodend Nurseries is also much appreciated as without their support we could not operate.

Of course, we could certainly do with more volunteers to join the group. As we have developed more areas around the village, more volunteer hours would be most welcome. As stated previously, this is voluntary and you can give time as and when, not necessarily every week and an hour will do. Nor do you have to have 'green fingers' as a great variety of tasks and skills are necessary. All contributions will be very welcome. We would also welcome more sponsors for our hanging baskets and flower beds.

This would be a way to contribute if you haven't any time to help. If you are at all interested, please call in to Pats Sweet Shop on the High Street and have a chat, or contact her on 0113 2862283 or e-mail at psamykib@aol.com. Our website is www.kippaxinbloom.com.


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