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Blooming good week for judging




Stamford mayor Max Sawyer, centre, with, from left, Lydia Meredith, Robert Beck, judge Andy Boyton and co-ordinator Ann Ellis Photo: Jonathan Smith
Stamford mayor Max Sawyer, centre, with, from left, Lydia Meredith, Robert Beck, judge Andy Boyton and co-ordinator Ann Ellis Photo: Jonathan Smith

East Midlands in Bloom judges visited Stamford, Bourne and Oakham this week with a visit to Uppingham planned for Monday.

Stamford in Bloom organiser Ann Ellis said the judges tour of the town on Monday had gone well.

“It was a really nice day and the town looked as good as it could,” said Ann.

“The judge was Springfields head gardener Andy Boyton and he seemed happy with what he saw.

“Everyone turned up trumps and put their decorative chairs outside their houses and he liked the idea and commented on it.”

Colin Pattison, Bourne Town Council chairman of amenities, Ayla Smith, trustee of orchard and Jeff Bates and Diane Moore from East Midlands in Bloom Trust Photo: Lee Hellwing
Colin Pattison, Bourne Town Council chairman of amenities, Ayla Smith, trustee of orchard and Jeff Bates and Diane Moore from East Midlands in Bloom Trust Photo: Lee Hellwing

Bourne Town Coucil clerk Ian Sismey said their tour, which took place on Wednesday, had gone down well with judges Jeff Bates and Diane Moore.

“They liked everything they saw and were taken by Willoughby School,” he said.

“We had a good time and the judges were well impressed so now its a case of waiting until September to see how we’ve done.”

Members of Oakham in Bloom with the judges Photo: Lee Hellwing
Members of Oakham in Bloom with the judges Photo: Lee Hellwing

The same judges also visited Oakham on Wednesday afternoon with Oakham in Bloom PR officer Joyce Lucas saying it had been a “brilliant day”. “The day went well, everyone worked hard, but it is a year-round project,” she said.

“Everyone is very satisfied and are confident of improving on last year’s Silver Gilt.”

The judges visit Uppingham on Monday at 9.30am.

All the town’s now face an anxious wait until September to find out the results.



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