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 Update

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Open Gardens - the weather was more than kind and 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 13:17

Spofforth In Bloom wins Silver Gilt

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tubs.jpgSpofforth has won a Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt Award!

We are delighted to have won the Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt Award at the Spring Judging - one of only 3 Silver Gilts awarded in our group.

Congratulations and thanks to John Stanley and his 'In Bloom' team, who have done a tremendous job of creating a beautiful environment for everyone to enjoy! 


It's all hands to the pump during the summer months so if you have an hour to spare and can get involved with watering or planting then the In Bloom team would love to hear from you.  A walk around our beutiful village watering tubs on a summer's evening - what better exercise can there be?

Read on for the judges detailed comments ...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 May 2010 19:09

Summer Judging Date

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Just confirmed,

This years Summer Judging date will be Monday 19th July at 10.30am.

We will have the opportunity to welcome back this years judges, Mrs Denise Wherritt from Bedale and her colleague Mrs Kath Reynard from Thirsk



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thumb_img_2266.jpgThe grass was cut, the trees were pruned and the bulbs were standing tall and proud yesterday for the RHS spring judging of Yorkshire In Bloom.  A fantastic array of children's posters is on display in the village hall windows, so stop and take a look if you are passing.  Last year we were awarded a Silver Gilt - lets hope we can do as well if not better this year! Anyone who would be willing to give a few hours of their time to weeding and other tasks is asked to contact any member of the 'In Bloom' team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 20:43

Spring Judging 2010

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This years Spring Judging date has been announced as Wednesday 14Th April  at 2.00pm.

Further details to appear later.


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