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Report for the September 2017 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


Judgement day has been! The judges from Yorkshire in Bloom arrived in Kippax on Friday 14th July. Of course, we won't know until the 12th September just how successful we have been. However, it was again the case that a tremendous amount of planning and hard work went into preparing for the day. Hopefully everyone will agree that Kippax looked at its best. It is certainly amazing how much litter was collected on the evening before judging!! Life would be so much pleasanter if people binned it rather than dropped it!!

Yorkshire in Bloom judges and KIB volunteers

On the downside, you will remember that last year, a group of the volunteers went on a wil­low-weaving course (at their expense, it is worth pointing out) as a result of which quite a large willow bee took pride of place on a plinth outside The Moorgate. This year, on the Friday evening in the week before judging, two of the volunteers spent a couple of hours or so bringing the bee back to life, again outside The Moorgate. This time the bee wasn't on a plinth but had its own rather grand hive. Unfortunately, in the early hours of Sunday morn­ing it was stolen! It had been shoved in the back of a car and driven off. Needless to say, everyone connected with Kippax in Bloom was extremely hurt and bewildered.

On the positive side, it was very gratifying to read people's responses on social media, with lots of comments condemning such an act, praising the efforts of the volunteers and appreciative of their efforts to enhance the appearance of Kippax. I dread to think what would have happened to the perpetrators had they been known!! So, thanks to all of you who expressed their regret and their support.

The bee was found on the Common on the Monday, unfortunately rather dishevelled and worse the wear. Remedial work had to be undertaken and on judging day, the bee was again proudly displayed on its hive.

Once again we were able to show the extent of community involvement in Kippax in Bloom. The pupils and staff of Kippax North School have worked very hard to achieve level 5 RHS school gardening award and it was a joy to watch some of the pupils show the judges around their gardens. The new Community vegetable garden prepared and looked after by the Scouts and Cubs with our help. Please support them by choosing them as your local good cause at the Co Op. The judges visited the Growing Zone, Billy Wood, The Methodist Chapel, St Mary's Church and Flower Festival and seemed very impressed. We showed them the War Memorial which now has smart new railings thanks to Kippax and District Historical Society. They also admired the many residents' gardens which are so well kept and a joy to look at and also the businesses that have chosen to put hanging baskets and planters outside their shops to brighten up the High Street. Thank you all for your efforts. We are also extremely grateful for the support of the Parish Council, our three ward coun­cillors, the Leeds City Council's Parks and Countryside Department and Locality Team, our various sponsors and to Woodend Nurseries, without which our success would not be pos­sible.

Of course, we must thank our fantastic volunteers again and again for all their efforts, plant­ing, weeding, deadheading, litter picking, painting, strimming, leaflet delivering and grass cutting. We have been fortunate to add to our team recently, which of course is always good news. If you feel that you could contribute in any way, please call in to Pat's Sweet Shop on the High Street and speak to Pat, or contact her on 0113 2862283 or e-mail at psamykib@aol.com. Our web page is www.kippaxinbloom.com


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