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.


Open Gardens raise £1,200

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 The weather was amazing and so were the open gardens and strawberry tea set in the immaculate grounds of the Old Vicarage Garden was once again well attended and raised £1,200 which is to be divided this year between Spofforth in Bloom and the School.  Grateful thanks to Mark and Rachel Woodward for their hospitality in hosting this popular event, to those who opened their lovely gardens and to all the helpers on the day and those who worked behind the scenes to make this event such a success.

Summer Judging- don't forget we need to pull out all the stops to prepare for the Yorkshire In Bloom Judging on Wednesday 6th July.  We need our village to look a picture so that we can remain hopeful of a good award when the results are announced in September. Litter pick on Tuesday evening - equipment provided.  Please meet at the Village Hall

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:34

Spofforth in Bloom - Spring Judging Comments

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tubs.jpgThe grass was cut, the trees were pruned and the bulbs were standing tall and proud for the RHS Spring Judging of Yorkshire in Bloom.  A fantastic array of children's posters were on display at the Village Hall.  The Judges comments are now available and this Spring we have an excellent judging report ...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:15

SPOFFORTH in BLOOM - Open Gardens

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milennium-garden.jpgThe Spofforth in Bloom Committee hope to arrange an open Gardens day on the 26th June 2011 if enough gardens are available. 

Several residents have already agreed to take part but more would be welcome!

Contact Hilary Chilton on 01937 590606

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2011 19:37

Spring Judging 2011

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tubs.jpgPreparations are well under way for this years Yorkshire in Bloom. Many plant losses have occurred this Winter due to the prolonged bad weather, however much has survived and is just starting to show colour.

The Spring judging date will be Friday 8th April. We are sure the village will look at its best for this years judges Mr & Mrs Irving from Stokesley. 

A litter pick will take place on Thursday 7th April at 7pm.  Please meet at the Village Hall, equipment will be provided.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2011 19:36

Yorkshire in Bloom results 2010

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We are proud to announce that the Village In Bloom Team won a Silver Gilt in this years RHS Yorkshire in Bloom Awards

Full details to appear later, however  a splendid social evening was had by all who attended. A special thank you from the Chairman John for all who contributed to the most special presentation made to him from all dedicated supporters.



Last Updated on Saturday, 13 November 2010 20:23

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