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Report for the September 2018 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


In the last edition of "Kippax Matters," we were four weeks behind in the growing season as a result of the consistently awful weather. Little did we know then that since May we would have a heat-wave with a total absence of rain which would bring further difficulties for Pat and the volunteers. One just has to look at the state of the grass everywhere to appreciate the size of the problem. So, trying to maintain the health of flower beds in the absence of any rain and such high temperatures for such a long time is something of a nightmare. Consequently, watering has been a major issue and has added hours and hours to the workload. We have heard that some villages and towns have withdrawn from this year's Yorkshire in Bloom competition as a result of the problems created by the drought but we have a great team who have battled on despite the problems and will continue even after judging.

Again, in the last edition, we looked forward to the Tour De Yorkshire arriving in Kippax. The 'In-Bloom' contribution was the planting of blue and yellow flowers in beds and pots throughout the village and continuing to maintain our borders and beds week in week out as always. And my word, didn't the day surpass all expectations! The response of the whole community and the spirit shown was marvellous. Kippax looked fantastic and deservedly won The Best Dressed Village.

Since then, all the beds have been replanted for summer colour. We have continued to further develop Butt Hill and The Wells gardens, work with local community groups, such as scouts and schools, although a new project with Greenfield School has been put on hold until the new school term when the weather should be more suitable for planting.

The Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvin and Rob received a very warm sunny Kippax welcome on Thursday 19th July. Thanks to everyone involved, our brilliant volunteers, the businesses and residents who displayed our posters and made their frontages and gardens look nice, our village looked it's best. The staff and pupils of Kippax North impressed them with their presentation and tour. Thanks to June and her team for showing the judges The Growing Zone. They seemed impressed with their tour but we won't know for sure until the results on September the 11th.

Once again, we would like to thank the Parish Council for their continued support which is of vital importance to the team. We also thank our city ward councillors Mary, Keith and James, the Parks and Countryside Department of Leeds City Council, their Locality Team, Woodend Nurseries and all our sponsors.

We have recently welcomed three new volunteers to the team. However, the team remains reasonably small so if you think you could offer some time, however small, then please call 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. Our website is www.kippaxinbloom.com









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