Mill Bank in Bloom thanks volunteers at calendar launch

Michael and Ruth Beazley, Peter Walker and coun Geraldine Carter
Michael and Ruth Beazley, Peter Walker and coun Geraldine Carter

A village community celebrated its continued success in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

This year Mill Bank retained the title of “Best Small Village in Yorkshire.”

Fifteen certificates were awarded to volunteers by The Mill Bank Group which enters the village for the competition.

At the presentation held at the Alma Inn, Cottonstones, the 2013 Mill Bank calendars were launched the proceeds of which go to funding the voluntary work done in the village for the competition.

Group chairman Michael Beazley praised the volunteers’ work in maintaining the rugged character of the village and enhancing it with planting schemes.

“We thought it would be nice to recognise our volunteers,” he said.

In the New Year repairs will be carried out around the village and public spaces identified for planting.

The group hopes to sell 250 calendars featuring images of the village.

They cost £7 each or two for £10 and are available from Triangle Emporium or on 01422 823110.

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Members of Ripponden in Bloom are grateful for a £200 donation from heating oil supplier Townson Thornber.

The group has 70 volunteers who regularly weed, plant flowers, remove litter and fundraise for replacement planers and the upkeep of gardens.

The money, from the company’s charitable bursary scheme, will be used to buy tombola prizes for the group’s next raffle.

Jayne Smith, Ripponden in Bloom chairwoman said: “We are grateful for the donation. We love maintaining the gardens and outdoor spaces for the village as we are a very proud community.