Spondon in Bloom

Welcome to the page for Spondon in Bloom. You can find information from previous years here.

Spondon Social Safari 2017

This popular event will take take place this year on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 8/9th July.

Organiser Mel Griffiths writes: "This year marks the 10th year of the Safari.  Year on Year the Safari grows and matures, with increasing funds raised for a wide variety of chosen charities as well as for the Village Improvement Committee.  Last year, the combined funds raised was just over, a staggering £5,000 of which we were able to donate just over £900 to support the Village Improvement Committee which enables them to continue making our village a beautiful place to be and to enjoy. 

Spondon Social Safari has moved from being an event of visiting gardens, maturing into something that I feel encompasses the feel about Spondon (something very unique to other suburbs of Derby) in that it is about COMMUNITY and caring for others.  The Social Safari is now about people organising a fund raising event in their own homes or gardens and sharing their talents; last year for example; Sandra and Russ’s quirky garden, where on the Saturday night they held a 40’s Music event, The Scouts and cubs showed off their skills at putting up tents and ‘backwood’ food without witchetty grubs!!!  Participants held children’s activities, baked lots of cakes, displayed artistic skills and there was even a Thai chi demonstration.

This year we are attempting to get at least 30 venues to hold an event; so far we have a street party, a garden fete with raffles and cakes, and in early stages of planning … the traders association will present a Scarecrow display around the village centre.  Oh did I say Scarecrow display? We’d love individuals, groups and businesses to join us so here goes… WANTED; individuals, groups and businesses to join us in either holding a charity event or MAKING A SCARECROW to be displayed over the weekend (following week if you which) along the main routes of Spondon.  As a community let’s make the bus route and village centre somewhere to make people smile. "

If you are interested in holding an event or making a Scarecrow to display, please contact Mel. You can download an entry from here; alternatively, Mel will be at Spondon Library on Saturday 29th April, between 10.30 and 12.30 where she’ll be happy to deal with any queries you may have or provide further information.


Dale Road Park

The final phase of the improvements planned by the Village Improvement Committee is the installation of an information board. This was made possible by a generous donation from Severn Trent Water. The official unveiling took place on Wednesday 3rd June, performed by Peter Berry, who had lived in the old Army huts on the site in his childhood. We also heard from Jon Beeson of Severn Trent. (In the photograph, Jon Beeson is on the left, derek Hathaway and Peter Berry behind the board. Pupils of Asterdale School, who contributed to the design, are in front of the board.

The following article appeared in the May 2014 issue of SCAN.

After the successful official unveiling of the toposcope in July 2013, the Village Improvement committee and City Council have continued to make improvements over the last 10 months. The final stage of the project will (funding permitting) complete this summer with the installation of an information board.
Rather than a conventional text-based board, the plan is to use one with a selection of audio files, each explaining some aspect of the Park. As well as giving more capacity for information, this will be in keeping with the “tactile” toposcope, to give accessibility to those with sight impairments. The VIC funded Lynn Chambers (who worked with schools last year to produce some of the toposcope designs) for a day in Asterdale School, to provide graphic elements for the information board.

Over the past few months, the Parks Department have conducted a “deep clean” (of all Spondon parks) as well as resurfacing the main path down to the southern boundary. We have also moved the “Jubilee planters” on to Dale Road itself, where we hope they will be less prone to vandalism.

With the help of a Neighbourhood Board grant, the Village Improvement Committee have organised an extension to the base of the toposcope to provide some extra protection to the motifs designed by local school pupils. With the same grant, the Parks Department were commissioned to prepare part of the ground for sowing wildflowers. Pupils from Borrow Wood School provided the labour (as shown here). In keeping with the centenary of the start of the First World War, the flower mix includes poppies.