Towns celebrate their East Midlands in Bloom prizes

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THE efforts of volunteers who work hard to make their towns nice have been rewarded.

THE efforts of volunteers who work hard to make their towns nice have been rewarded.

The results of the East Midlands in Bloom competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony in Oadby in Leicestershire on Wednesday.

Deeping St James, which only entered the competition last year, won a silver award in the small town category for the second year running.

Bourne picked up a silver gilt and was just eight points away from gold. The Wellhead in Bourne, also received a special judges’ award.

Oakham won the town category and received a gold and Uppingham won the small town category and picked up a silver gilt award.

Deeping St James in Bloom committee member Judy Stevens, a parish councillor, said: “We are really pleased with the result, particularly as we increased the number of points.

“It is a reflection of the community support we get.

“Our aim for next year is to get a silver gilt.”

The Old Priory Farm shrub bed received a special judges’ award and Coun Stevens thanked the Deepings Round Table which created the bed and garden designer Peter Eustance, from Grimsthorpe, designed it.

Meanwhile, Market Deeping won a bronze award in the same category.

Town councillor Pauline Redshaw said she was disappointed not to have retained the silver award.

She said: “It is the worst result we have had but I expected it because we just don’t get the support.”

A judges’ awards was given to Colin Ward of Swinesmeadow Farm Nursery for his efforts to support Market Deeping in Bloom.

Coun Redshaw added: “Colin will be pleased. He works very hard.”

Bourne committee member and town councillor Judy Smith said: “Silver gilt is a fantastic result and to get a judges award for the Wellhead is the icing on the cake.

“We haven’t got the gold yet but we are pleased with the results and we got a very good report from the judges.

“Hopefully we can improve further next year.”

Meanwhile, in the East Midlands in Bloom children’s painting competition, nine-year-old Jade Young, a pupil at Deeping St James Primary School, won the Year 3 and 4 age group.

Oakham and Uppingham both won their respective categories in the competition.

Oakham won the town category and received a gold award while Uppingham won the small town category with a silver gilt award.

Special judges’ awards were also given to clothing outlet Lands’ End in Oakham and Uppingham School for their help in ensuring the towns looked fantastic all year round.

Oakham in Bloom committee member Teresa Thompson, who received the award with committee chairman Maureen Dodds, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the results, particularly as there have been difficult weather conditions this year.

“It is a great result and we want to thank everyone who supported us.”

Chairman of the Uppingham in Bloom committee Karen Emery said she was thrilled by the result, which is the best the town has achieved for more than four years.

Karen said: “We haven’t had a town win for over four years and we are astounded.

“I think everyone on the committee will be absolutely delighted, I certainly am. We will definitely celebrate.”

She said the committee had already decided the theme for next year’s competition would be Going for Gold to tie in with the London 2012 Olympics.

Karen added: “This result will give us that extra push to try and win gold.”

Oakham in Bloom, a regional finalist from last year’s competition, will find out how it has done in the Britain in Bloom awards on Sunday, September 25.

The Oakham committee held its annual general meeting and community presentation evening last night in the Victoria Hall.