Spofforth John Chilton 01937 590606 jc1935@tiscali.co.uk

All Saints Church Spoffort: the service on Sunday, August 12 will be morning service at 10.30am.

Household Waste Collection: put out your grey bins on Friday, August 10.

Joan Surrall: who has lived in Spofforth since she came here with her late husband, Jim, in 1958, will be leaving us to live with her son, Peter, and his family in Malvern. Joan has been active in the village ever since, with the WI; the church where she was one of the flower arrangers; the ladies’ coffee group; Spofforth Seniors, where she coordinated the monthly lunch meeting and Spofforth in Bloom where she has been involved for over 25 years and for which she will be remembered for the excellent cakes which she baked for the visits of the Yorkshire in Bloom judges. At the recent Strawberry Tea the Spofforth in Bloom group presented Joan with National Gardens’ tokens and a selection of In Bloom memorabilia.

The Spofforth Strawberry Tea: at the old rectory on Sunday, July 29 went ahead despite the gloomy local weather forecasts and was a great success. Two pictures of a local garden by Spofforth artist, Peter Hesketh were auctioned and the hundred pound prize draw from the envelope scheme was won by a local couple. As usual, many villagers turned out to help including the men who collected and returned the furniture and crockery from the Long Memorial Hall, assisted by three enthusiastic young boys; the ladies and their young daughters who baked the scones, prepared the strawberries and served them with cream or ice cream and steaming Yorkshire tea and did all the necessary washing up. Not forgetting those who ran the raffle and tombola; organised the plant stall and supplied the wine and Pimms. Thanks are due to Rachel and Mark Woodward who let us use the attractive grounds of the Old Rectory and Johnsons greengrocers for supplying the delicious strawberries. Numbers were down slightly on previous years but over £700 was raised towards the Spofforth effort in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Spofforth in Bloom: by the time you read this it is possible the Britain in Bloom judges will have almost completed their visit to Spofforth. The effort, this year, has been considerable with generous sponsorship from many sources including the majority of residents with the envelope scheme. There have been several successful fund raising events and volunteers have been giving up many hours of their time planting weeding and watering to try to make the village as attractive as possible. Now, we can only cross our fingers and wait for the result in October. Whatever the outcome Spofforth looks better than ever and the spirit in the community has been second to none.