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Rutland Jigsaw Festival brings in funds for Oakham in Bloom




A jigsaw festival looks set to have raised more than £1,000 towards the upkeep of a town.

The event over the bank holiday weekend took place in the Victoria Hall, Oakham, and was organised by members of Oakham in Bloom.

Established by Joyce Lucas, the Rutland Jigsaw Festival sees the sale of new and nearly new puzzles to raise funds for the gardening group that keeps roundabouts looking rosy and verges verdant.

Jackie Selwood, Teresa Thompson and Chris Morten, chairman of Oakham in Bloom. Photo: Alan Walters
Jackie Selwood, Teresa Thompson and Chris Morten, chairman of Oakham in Bloom. Photo: Alan Walters

Chairman of Oakham in Bloom, Chris Morten, said the festival attracted plenty of customers, some purchasing a single puzzle, others a whole stack ready for winter.

“We nearly sold out,” he said. “In the end we had about only a dozen jigsaws left, which we donated to a charity shop.”

Chris said the money raised would be spent on Oakham in Bloom’s projects around the town, which include planting the islands on Oakham bypass with more permanent displays.

Terry with Paul Buxton. Photo: Alan Walters
Terry with Paul Buxton. Photo: Alan Walters

“This year we planted them with annuals, which were very successful and beautiful, but it’s hard work.

“We also have planters around the town to look after and flowerbeds - it’s quite demanding.”

While the group welcomes new members, Chris says they don’t look for people with gardening expertise.

“We can help people learn about plants as we go along but what we do need is people with computer skills and similar. There are plenty of jobs to help us that don’t mean having to bend over a flowerbed!”

Harry Simmonds with Mitty Hitcham. Photo: Alan Walters
Harry Simmonds with Mitty Hitcham. Photo: Alan Walters

Oakham is in the East Midlands in Bloom competition, which announces its winners later in September.

Chairman of Oakham in Bloom Chris Morten with members of the group
Chairman of Oakham in Bloom Chris Morten with members of the group


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