The 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 aiming to bloom in national finals
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:23
The future is looking bright for Spofforth in Bloom volunteers who have reached the finals of the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK competition.
Spofforth in Bloom
Local artist Peter Hesketh has donated two delightful watercolours of a very attractive Spofforth garden. These have been used to produce notelets which are realistically priced at £3 per pack of 5, including envelopes. Ss well as making lovely Christmas presents, they would be ideal for sending little notes to family and friends with a reminder of Spofforth.
The notelets are on sale in Hairbelle, G&M News, from 'In Bloomers' or contact Hilary Chilton on 01937 590606, Heather Pollard on 01937 590320 or John Stanley on 01937 591154
Spofforth gets Gold!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 21:31
Spofforth has triumphed in this year's Yorkshire in Bloom awards and was presented with a much deserved gold rose award alongside being joint category winners in the villages section!
The competition is part of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign and judging criteria are based on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
John Stanley, chairman of Spofforth in Bloom, said "it was excellent and overwhelming to discover we had won. It's an achievement for the whole village and it was a delight for us to accept the award on behalf of the village. All parts of the community have pulled together to make this a wonderful place to live throughout the year."
Executive members of Yorkshire in Bloom will shortly be approaching the entrants who did well to see if they are prepared to represent Yorkshire in the national RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2012 so we could soon see Spofforth up there with the best!
Read on for the judges detailed comments ...
Spofforth gets an innovative art gallery!
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 July 2011 19:33
For many months, our disused phone box on Park Road has stood looking forlorn but no longer is this the case; in preparation for the summer judging of Spofforth in Bloom, it now has an innovative use as a community art gallery! Paintings by our local primary school children are now on display for all to see - is this the smallest art gallery the District?
The red traditional box was bought by the Parish Council from BT for £1 on the condition it could not be moved.