Britain in Bloom
On Monday 9th the judging for our inaugural Britain in Bloom entry took place.
James, the Parish Clerk, went to get a hired minibus from Mansfield at ‘the crack of dawn’ in readiness for the arrival of the judges at 8.30am.
After coffee and pre-visit exchange of information at the Village Hall, Linda, our Councillor organiser and instigator of the event, Carol, a key person in the general organisation of the application and James, in a volunteer capacity, accompanied the judges on a Village tour.
They were able to see the many newly planted flower beds as well as look at projects for future development around the Village. At the end of their journey by bus and by foot a reception was held at the Edwinstowe Cricket Club with coffee, tea and cakes on hand to sustain them after their travels on a very warm morning. The judges were then escorted back to the Village Hall and the mini-bus returned, by James, to Mansfield.
The actual day must be looked on as a successful presentation of the efforts made for Britain in Bloom. Thanks go to businesses on the High Street who helped with plant provision and cakes. Many people helped with making bunting, organised and led by example by Linda, and putting it up to enhance areas of the Village. Many others helped in a variety of ways, it was a real Village effort.
Linda, organiser in chief, did lots of liaising with various organisations ably assisted by Carol. She also did some digging and planting and acknowledged that planting was where more voluntary help would be needed in future. On this occasion James, as a volunteer not as Clerk, came to the forefront and planted and tended beds around the Village including along Mansfield Road, under the new gateway signs, on West Lane corner, Church Street and Paddock Close. James also organised signage, plant drop-off points and generally helped Linda ‘fetch and carry’ donated plants and other items.
From the Parish Council point of view, both, Linda and James must be thanked for their volunteer efforts throughout this scheme. We hope we can develop the ideas for next year further. There is now an established organisation for taking the project forward but I hope that future Parish Councils will continue to sponsor and support the idea of Britain in Bloom and promote the scheme wherever and and whenever possible.
Celia Brooks – Chair
Edwinstowe Parish Council
Finally, a massive thank you to all our volunteers, contributors, supporters and Facebook followers. We couldn’t have come this far without you.
Special thanks to Carol, Jo, Anita, Jenny and James our Edwinstowe in Bloom Team, to Pauline and to everyone who has been involved in any way:
Anne, Lyndsey, Mel, T, Charlotte, Stephanie, Julie, Beverley, Anita’s Mum, Caroline, Lottie, Jennifer, Pat, Valerie, Heather, Vivienne, Tony, Scott, Celia H, Celia B, John, Karen, Kelvin, Duncan, Paul, Linda B, Sue, Hannah, St Mary’s Church group, members of the Craft and Chat group, Vanessa and Pat of Edwinstowe Leisure Painters, King Edwin Primary School, the resident planting at the corner of Welbeck Drive.
The businesses on the High Street, The Market Garden, Launay’s, The Royal Oak, The Dukeries, Cherubs Day Nursery, The Flower Room, Village Xchange, Victoria from Torty B, Tracey from the Co-op, Jacquie from Major Oak Medical Practice, Buckley Brown, Parkway Motor Group, Tracey and Luke from Woodhead’s, Nick from IBA Planning, Pete from Turtle Plant Hire, Julie from Three Little Daisies, Iain from Solutions for Accounting, Joanne from The Fabric Bug, Barbara from Pet’s Paradise, Mike from Edwinstowe Cricket Club, Alan from the Dukeries Community Workshop, Nightingale Nursing and Care Home, NCHA, NGS Tree Services.
Edwinstowe Parish Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
RSPB Visit Sherwood Forest
Hope Springs Horticulture CIC
Thank you all,