Spondon’s annual Social Safari will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th July. As before, the “safari stops” will open at varying times so you should be able to see them all!

This year, the Mayor pf Derby, Councillor John Whitby will be officially opening the Safari at 10am on the Saturday in the Sensory Garden on Chapel Street.

The Sensory Garden will include a new feature for this year’s Safari – a scarecrow trail, with contributions from Spondon’s Guides and Brownies. There are many other scarecrows around the village for you to spot.

These, and all the open gardens, are detailed in the free programme. This is now available at the Library and other shops in the village, as well as an online version http://www.spondononline.co.uk/sca/spondon-bloom. For those who are adept at such things there is also a Facebook page.

As ever, you will not be short of refreshment at the open gardens and there will be a wide variety of displays, stalls and entertainment for all ages. Participants are supporting a wide variety of good causes and will also be making a contribution to the Village Improvement Committee, who organise the event, with sterling efforts by Mel Griffiths.

This year, the Canal Society will feature at the garden of Derek & Anne Hathaway (8 Park Road, Spondon, DE21 7LN) between noon and 8pm on Saturday 8th July. Learn about the current status of the canal restoration project whilst enjoying refreshments (hot food from 5pm) listening to live music, with the opportunity to look through card and craft sales as well as visiting the garden railway. The Canal Society boat will be there with, for the first time, a crew member!

We would appreciate help from a couple of Society members to deal with the rush of people wanting to join, offer money etc. You can also pick up a programme from here, and browse the Spondon Archive books.

Other Canal Society members are also opening their gardens – Dave Hayes and Duncan Inwood, more details in the programme.