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Newbury in Bloom 2019 winners announced

The Newbury in Bloom Presentation evening took place at the Corn Exchange on 25 September 2019. The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe, together with the sponsors, presented the awards to the very deserving winners. There were a total of 48 entries received for the eight categories this year.

All entrants were invited to attend on the evening and the winners of each category were announced on the stage. The winners were presented with a trophy, beautifully handcrafted by local Wood turner, Bob Franklin of Waney Edge Woodcraft and ‘burn engraved’ by another local artist, Naomi Lunn, together with a certificate and a prize from the sponsors for each category. The evening was made even more special by the announcement that Newbury had won a Silver Gilt award from the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign. Only three towns were given the ‘Silver Gilt’ award in our category, the highest commendation given this year to a ‘large town’. Newbury’s entry featured a great deal of community involvement, with a number of volunteer groups being part of the ‘campaign trail’ when the judges came along to visit in July.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said: “This is my first experience of the Newbury in Bloom Campaign and the first year Newbury has entered the national Britain in Bloom competition too for a number of years. Newbury looks spectacular throughout the year and it’s great to see so many people putting in that extra effort and showing what can be done to enhance our town for everyone to enjoy.

We are so proud of the team behind our Britain in Bloom entry, with so many local dedicated volunteers giving up their time to achieve an award for the whole Town. I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who made this possible, including Continental Landscapes Ltd, the Newbury in Bloom Working Group and West Berkshire District Council. We were only 7 points away from receiving the Gold award for Britain in Bloom which gives us something to aim for in years to come!” Cllr Colston added, “Together with our recent ‘Green Flag’ award for Victoria Park we can all be proud to live and work in Newbury. I would like to also congratulate everyone who took part in both campaigns and thank the Corn Exchange, Newbury and all of our sponsors for their invaluable support in making the awards such a success. The winners and runners up for the Newbury in Bloom awards are as follows: Schools and Colleges – sponsored by Rivar Sand and Gravel Winner – St John the Evangelist CE Nursery & Infant School Runners up – Speenhamland Primary School Allotments – sponsored by Yew Tree Garden Centre Winner – Stuart & Jane Kempster Runner up – Ivor Bune Community Projects – sponsored by Continental Landscapes Ltd Winner – The Secret Garden Project Runner up – West Berkshire Community Hospital Gardens Businesses – sponsored by Sundog Hire Winner – No.96 Home & Gifts Runner up – Document House Places of Worship – sponsored by Sundog Hire Winner – St. Nicolas Church Runner up – St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Almshouses – sponsored by Continental Landscapes Ltd Winner – Lower Raymond Almshouses Runner up – Middlesex Almshouses Public Buildings – sponsored by Continental Landscapes Ltd Winner – Wharf Toilets Building Runner up – Parkway Shopping Canal Boat Display – sponsored by Teashop by the Canal Winner – Sunflower Days owned by Chris Bateman

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