Spofforth News


John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, October 21 at 10.30am will be holy communion and harvest festival.

Household Waste Collection: at Spofforth will be on Friday, October 19.

Spofforth Seniors: lunch at the Castle pub will be on Tuesday, October 23.

Spofforth Women’s Institute: met on Tuesday, October 9 at 7.30 pm in The Long Memorial Hall. The talk by Judith Kaye was The Origins of Christmas, for which Annette Young proposed a vote of thanks. The competition of an advent calendar was won by Rita Watcham. Ruth Trueman and Margaret Everett were the hostesses for the evening. The annual meeting will be next month, Tuesday, November 13. Three members have volunteered to join the committee which was welcome news as committee membership had dwindled in recent years.

Spofforth in Bloom: by now, most people will know that Spofforth won a gold award for their first entry in Britain in Bloom. This is a great achievement which has elicited praise from many quarters not the least from other local towns and villages who have been through the same process. At the lunch on judging day, it was said that it was unlikely that we would win gold for our first effort. Well, we did and, as acknowledged by the judges, it was the wonderful community spirit in the village that did a great deal in that respect. Additionally, the way the whole effort was planned with specific tasks allocated was also vital. Mentioning individuals is not possible because it seemed that all the residents took part either by planting; watering; sponsoring; attending our fund raising events giving generous raffle and tombola prizes or just taking a genuine interest and wishing the project well. Names will not be mentioned but all of us are aware that we were led from the front and that mentored by experienced people from Harrogate and Starbeck who have our gratitude. The judges’ comments and suggestions take up several pages but the following summary says it all: As a first-time RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finalist, the North Yorkshire village of Spofforth has in one stroke achieved the highest accolade possible. Despite being situated on a very busy main road, this rural village has embraced all the guiding principles of the campaign and excelled in all areas. The integrated children’s play area, designed around a wildlife area allowing natural play and enabling children to be close to nature, was one of the best we’ve seen. The group can be justifiably proud of their achievements and it only goes to prove just what communities can achieve by engaging with the ethos of Britain in Bloom. A well-deserved RHS gold medal and category win in one year after twenty seven years practice! Well done to all. The In Bloom team and all their supporter will be getting together on Thursday, October 18 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall to celebrate our success with refreshments, speeches, presentations and probably a few hugs and kisses. The secretary has tried to contact all concerned but if you have contributed to the success in any way, however small, please come along if only for an hour or so.