Spofforth Village

Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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Spofforth in Bloom

The Milennium GardenThe original incentive for Spofforth in Bloom was proposed by Spofforth Parish Council and put into operation by the, then, Clerk Mrs. Hilary Chilton.

When Hilary had to retire through health problems, Jan Ward took over the reins but, sadly, she died after three years.

For some time we entered without much success until 2002 when we decide to “go for it”.   We formed a new committee, co-ordinated by Hilary Chilton and ran a plant stall at the Village Gala.

Then we looked at ways of expanding village involvement and did a “door to door” circular which produced seven new volunteers and £ 260 in donations.

The new committee met and decided to install lamp post baskets in the High Street and cut flower beds at several locations.

As a result, many people in the village, seeing the effort that was being made, came forward with further offers of help and donations.   Spofforth`, as a village was becoming aware of what might be achieved.

We are always looking for more helpers and sponsors, so if you live in the village and agree that we should do everything possible to make Spofforth a pleasant place to be.

If you'd like to get involved, please contact John Stanley 01937 591154

In 2011, Spofforth achieved its highest accolade, proudly recieving the RHS Gold Rose Award alongside being awarded joint category winners in the villages section - well done to all those involved! Spofforth now goes forward to represent Yorkshire Region in the National final of the RHS Britain in Bloom.



Spofforth in Bloom 2011 - 'The Team' by John Chilton

There's a rumour so I'm told, That this year Spofforth may get gold. If it's right and so it seems, All credit's due to our great team. Who's out working in every weather? Our zealous, helpful, lovely Heather. What inspiration drives us on? Of course, our clever Chairman, John. Quietly round the streets proceeding, You'll see Douglas; staining; weeding. Ian's lawns are smooth and neat, It's his garden; Castle Street. The Richman's garden and the rest, We know the Judges were impressed. There's several Johns. Geoff, Mike and Joan, Who's treasured for her cakes alone. For all the work that they put in, We must remember Dave and Lynn. Meticulously planning still, Mrs Chilton, known as Hil. There's Dave and Wendy and Annette, Watsons, Roberts, watering yet. Di, Don and Judy, Julie too. They all know there's much to do. Janet, Rosie, Ruth and Barry, Sophie, Charlotte, Carl and Gary Susannah, Helen and Neil Greer, Watering, planting all the year. And if there's those I didn't mention, That was never my intention. For all the village, young and old, Have done their best to get us gold. And, if alas, it's not to be, Spofforths a grand community.


Spofforth in Bloom visit Westminster

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On Thursday 9th May, in recognition of our success in 2012, eight members of Spofforth in Bloom were invited to Westminster by Nigel Adams MP.  The visit took in Portcullis House and the Houses of Parliament (or to give it the proper title, The Palace of Westminster).  A guided tour of the Palace, including the magnificent Westminster Hall and the Chapel of st Mary Undercroft was followed by tea on the Terrace.  A most memorable day and a privilege for all to attend.

RHS Yorkshire in Bloom - Spring Judging Cancelled

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We have just learnt that Yorkshire in Bloom have taken the unprecedented decision to cancel Spring Judging this year and have also questioned the validity of Spring Judging in the future.  For further information on this or the work of 'In Bloom', please contact David Saunders on 01937 590384
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 16:15

Spofforth in Bloom Update

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Spofforth in Bloom: chairman, David Saunders, writes ‘Following on from our success last year in the national competition our objective this year is to win gold once again in the Yorkshire In Bloom competition. The floral display is just one element of the competition which also awards marks for our heritage, environment and community involvement. Last year we raised funds for a number of projects including the Oak leaf sculpture and extra information boards that contributed towards our success. This year our objective is to raise funds towards the following projects: a new village entry sign on the Harrogate road advertising the village success in Britain in Bloom, a new village notice board, a trophy cabinet for the village hall and the regeneration of the Millennium Garden. We have been busy organising our 2013 fund raising calendar and have planned the following events, Quiz and Chips Night Friday, April 19; Heritage Trail with BBQ Sunday afternoon, June 9; Strawberry tea in the Old Rectory Sunday, July 14; Gardening Question Time (date to be confirmed, possibly October) and Open Gardens Sunday, June 23. ( If you would be willing to volunteer to open your garden on June 23, please contact John Stanley 591154 or Lynda Parkinson 590507). Please come along to support these events because every penny raised is reinvested in the appearance and enhancement of our village. By popular request we have been asked to reintroduce the Sponsor a Tub scheme at £20 a tub. Anyone wishing to sponsor and have their name on one of our tubs please contact and pay our Treasurer Ann Thomas 590504, or contact any committee member. In recognition of our efforts last year our MP Nigel Adams (who attended the judging day ) has organised a tour of the House of Commons for any resident of the village. Date, as yet, to be confirmed. If you are interested in a day out in London please give one of us a call so we can have an idea of numbers.’

Spofforth gets Gold

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In the very highly contested Village category, Spofforth are 2012 RHS Britain in Bloom Village Gold and Category Winners.

The Judges said that 'where community involvement is paramount Spofforth was always going to be the best; however, this newcomer to the UK Finals went that extra mile. From the minute you enter this village you know you are somewhere special with a dedicated and enthusiastic group making a real difference to their community, a joy to visit a pleasure to judge and as with all the finalists in this category a very humbling experience.'

  Well done to everyone involved!


Spofforth in 2012 National RHS Finals

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It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Spofforth will be representing the Yorkshire region in the prestigious National Final of RHS Britain in Bloom. RHS Britain in Bloom is one of Europe's largest horticultural campaigns.

With such an exciting season ahead we also have a chance to show off our village to a national audience did you know that as little as £20.00 a year will help to fund our In Bloom efforts? All money donated and raised goes into paying for the work we do.  So if you feel proud of our village, and wish to make a contribution so we can continue this work - then all donations are most gratefully received.      

If you would like to make a donation, volunteer your services, or have any ideas you wish to put forward contact us below:

Contacts: Chairman John Stanley 591154 .  Secretary: Hilary Chilton 590606.  Publicity: John Chilton 590606.  Fundraising: Lynne & David Saunders 590384 or  Heather Pollard 590320

Visit our Web Site: www.spofforthinbloom.co.uk

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