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John Chilton

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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, July 7 will be a family service and baptism at 10.30am

Household waste: collection at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, July 9.

Spofforth 10K Trial Run: will take place at the Spofforth Gala on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, starting at 1.30pm. This has become a major event in the serious runners’ calendar. It is expected that several prominent runners will turn up to vie with each other to set a fast time for the course. They will start at approximately 1.30pm on August 26 at the Castle Field and having run via Sicklinghall and Kirkby Overblow, mainly on footpaths, bridleways and fields, the leading competitors will return to the Castle Field at round about 2-2.15 pm. There will be prizes for the first three men; first three women; male and female veterans; a junior challenge prize and the first local (from the extended parish of Spofforth, Follifoot, Kirk Deighton and Little Ribston). All competitors will receive a commemorative medal and a goody bag. Despite the competition between the leading runners, it can still be a fun run so do not be put off from entering. For an entry form, look on the Spofforth village web site: www.spofforthgvillage.org.uk

The Spofforth Strawberry Tea: is so popular that it is likely to become an annual event. This year it will take place in the sumptuous grounds of the Old Rectory, thanks to the generosity of Mark and Rachel Woodward. The date will be Sunday, July 14 commencing at 2.30pm and going on until round about 5pm. There will be the choice of local strawberries and cream or ice cream or strawberry jam and cream on scones baked by the ladies of the village. This will be accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink for the children. Pimms will be available by the glass or jug. Come along. Sit and enjoy a pleasant afternoon; chatting to your friends or neighbours or looking at the Horse Chestnut tree that was planted in 1704 to commemorate The Duke of Marlborough’s victory at the Battle of Blenheim. Tickets at £3.50 can be purchased at the local shops or from members of the In Bloom team. If you prefer you can pay at the gate. Children come in free if accompanied by an adult.

Yorkshire in Bloom: judging at Spofforth will take place on Monday, July 15 at 10am. There will be a litter pick on Sunday, July 14. Meet at The Long Memorial Hall at 7.pm; equipment will be provided (everyone welcome). Spofforth was designated The Best Village in Britain when we won gold at last year’s Britain in Bloom competition so all our residents have a standard to maintain. Please ensure your gardens and frontages are at their best on the day.