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South West in Bloom - A gold medal award

The village’s South West in Bloom team is pleased to announce that their efforts have been rewarded with a gold medal. Thanks are due to the PCC for all the work to improve the church yard, the SSDC ranger who has done much to keep the village tidy and control the unsightly weeds along our kerbs, the WI for their suffragette themed planting in the weighbridge area and the poppies for the 1918 commemorative display, the History and Heritage group SWIB 2018 awardsfor their continued good work at the cemetery chapel and the research for the blue plaques, the Gardening club for the donation of plants for the Grove Garden, the British Legion for their donations of a rose and bedding plants for the Ball Court and the volunteers who spend many hours, weeding , mowing, painting, planting bedding plants and sweeping our streets and public areas in order to keep our village both tidy and colourful. Also Lesley Wray and the Pud Brook team for their entry in to the It’s Your Neighbour competition.

The photograph shows Clive Laughton, Karen Gough, Maureen and Philip Lock receiving the certificate from the Mayor of Yeovil

Anyone wishing to help in next year’s campaign should contact one of the village residents in the photograph, there will be work for everyone!

Milborne Port Scoop Gold in South West in Bloom

2016 SWIB awards ceromonyOn October 6th. at the RHS sponsored South West in Bloom awards ceremony in Taunton, Milborne Port received a Gold Award as part of the Cox Cup. The picture opposite shows the award being presented by Lord Fellowes to Maureen Lock, Pam Alexander and Philip Lock. High praise came from the judges for the progress made with the High Street, Ball Court and Grove gardens. Also the involvement of the Parish Council, SSDC Rangers scheme, community groups, local business, the Primary school and individual volunteers made a large impact.

Our next step is to involve residents and small areas in the "Its your neighborhood Scheme". If you would like to help or start a group please contact the Parish Clerk Mrs. Emma Curtis 251268

South West in Bloom– Determined for Gold in 2016

At a recent meeting of a small team, made up of independent residents, Spirit of Milborne Port and Parish Councillors, it was agreed to launch our campaign for the South West in Bloom competition in 2016. We missed a gold award this year by a very small margin, showing a great improvement over the previous year. The display on the High Street was aided this year, by professional watering of the hanging baskets. Taking the judges’ comments for this year’s competition on board, we will be looking to improve the Churchyard and see if we can extend the High Street floral display up North Street as when passing traffic slows they have a significant view of this road, so to brighten it up will made a great impact.

However, it is not just about the High Street and the organisers would like to encourage villagers to make up their own hanging baskets and display them outside their homes. It need not be expensive as the quantity of many varieties of plants can be multiplied by taking cuttings or splitting roots as appropriate to the variety.

It is not even just about plants. The team will be looking for options to improve the quality and currency of the signage in the village. If we all also make an effort to keep our own areas tidy, then we will have a village, visually to be proud of.

Watch this space for more news as the year progresses, but we have started this months earlier than in previous years, so we think that we have a great chance for Gold next year.

South West in Bloom Prize

SWIB presentation 20152015  SWIB certificateThe South West in Bloom presentation was held in The Brittania Royal Naval College, Dartmouth on Thursday, with Jonathan Dimbleby as the guest speaker and presenter of prizes. It was very well attended from villages and towns from all over the West Country. The judge was very complementary about the community spirit he witnessed in the village and gave us a mark that was only just below gold standard. We should be very proud of our Silver Gilt award. The attached picture shows Jonathan Dimbleby holding the certificate with Phil and Maureen Lock, together with Parish Council chair, Pam Alexander and an unnamed official.

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