Christmas /a new chairman/ Goodbye to Rob and thank you!

For the very first time in the history of Stone in Bloom members elected a female chairman ( yes we still say chair MAN!) Jill Hood took over the reigns from Rob Kenney who had served his two years working very hard for the town and the members of Stone in Bloom. A few grey hairs have been spotted but this can only make Rob look distinguished and he’s now definitely looking more relaxed after netting yet another gold award for our town making it the 8th gold in a row given to us by the RHS’s Heart of England in Bloom judges!

Stone in Bloom’s working group of volunteers are doing what they do best and that’s hands on hard work to benefit the town. Most of the businesses have entered into the community spirit, of which Stone is so well known for and have a Christmas tree on the front of their buildings.  Stone in Bloom would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their generosity in paying the £26 for a tree and in playing their part in making the town look so festive.

Many more areas have been planted with crocus and daffodil bulbs and the wild flower beds, which you may have noticed are looking tatty and dead, will all be strimmed and cleared in the next few weeks. We are looking for sponsors of the wildflower seed to repeat the stunning colourful success in 2015 once again.

The Stone Historical Society contacted us to ask for help to site their plaque commemorating the beginning of the First World War. A small work party managed to erect the plaque in the plane tree bed outside Wetherspoons.  It was not an easy job as we had hit concrete and were finding it difficult to sink it into the ground. It was suggested we saw off the bottom of the carved stand to get it level with the remembrance stone but  soon realised this was not an option when we saw the look on historical society member Philip Leason’s face, I can’t imagine what his members would have said if he had reported back we had sawn it in half! Perseverance and a bag of quick set concrete enabled us to site it just in time for the Remembrance Day service that was held the next day at the cenotaph.

Streetscene are busy changing all the beds for winter planting and Stone in Bloom will be meeting with them soon to ask for their support with Stonefield Park, as the park benches were heavily criticised by the RHS judges when they visited the town in July. Hopefully we can find a way to repair the lovely old benches which have been battered by time and weather but once again it’s all down to cost and finding the funding.

We have been very lucky in recruiting a number of new volunteers but still need more help, we have been offered Friday July 17th as a possible date for our judging next year. We would love to see more of you join us, it’s your town you can make a difference. Please also remember our very successful discount card scheme which can be used in and around the town and garden centres. My big saving this month was 10% off my bill an amazing saving of £7 at Bury bank garden centre.

From all of our volunteers who work so hard in and around the town juggling work commitments and businesses, we wish you all a very merry Christmas, a happy and above all a healthy New Year from Stone in Bloom

If you would like a discount card in time for Christmas call Barbara on 07885 893757

To volunteer or sponsor the wildflowers  call Chairman Jill Hood 077364 13097

Secretary Tracey Neagus.   Email  tracey1961@live.co.uk

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