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Community group’s bike is stolen from Oakham In Bloom garden

Members with the bike before it was stolen, from left, back, Mary Heatherill, Gloria Whight, Wendy Bryan, Sue Bellingall, Maureen Weldon, Fay Simmons, Sue Boulton, Jill Breeze, Carol Murray, Judy Geer, Pat Munro, Pauline Knight, and front, Pat Jenkin, President Mary Parkin, Chris Morten, Audrey Axon. Photo by Tony Harrison. EMN-140624-111854001

Members with the bike before it was stolen, from left, back, Mary Heatherill, Gloria Whight, Wendy Bryan, Sue Bellingall, Maureen Weldon, Fay Simmons, Sue Boulton, Jill Breeze, Carol Murray, Judy Geer, Pat Munro, Pauline Knight, and front, Pat Jenkin, President Mary Parkin, Chris Morten, Audrey Axon. Photo by Tony Harrison. EMN-140624-111854001

 

A bike that was used as the centrepiece of a community group’s new garden has been stolen.

Oakham In Bloom and the Inner Wheel Club of Rutland had worked together on a project to create a picturesque round flower bed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland.

A decorated bicycle was placed next to the bed alongside the cycle path on Uppingham Road and the Oakham bypass a few weeks ago but since its official unveiling on Friday, the bike has been stolen.

Oakham In Bloom committee member Lisa Batty said: “Sadly the bike has been stolen from the new garden.

“The bike and garden was created as a result of donations from the public and from Inner Wheel Club members and represents a very special anniversary nationally.

“We are asking that anyone with any information let Oakham In Bloom or police know.”

On Friday, Inner Wheel members met with acting chairman of Oakham In Bloom, Chris Morten, and volunteers to mark the unveiling of the garden. The garden will be maintained by Oakham In Bloom.

Speaking at the event, Chris said: “It’s wonderful to work with other community organisations and we’re delighted that the Inner Wheel Club chose to share their anniversary with Oakham In Bloom and the town itself. We hope that cyclists in particular will enjoy the garden on their route.”

Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101 or Oakham In Bloom on 01572 759108 or e-mail info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk.

 

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