One of our older beds, the circular flowerbed on the corner of Ladywell and Burley Road has had a complete replant…
After the glorious show of daffodils this Spring, the collapsing foliage needed removing and, with the struggling roses already removed, it was time for an update!
The bed has been replanted with perennials, including cuttings of a Penstemon and Lavender plants from Ashwell Garden Centre. Also in the bed are the eye-catching Achillea ‘Moonshine’, Crocosmia ‘Star of the East’ and some Bronze Fennel.
Oakham In Bloom volunteers have had a wonderful week raising money for their year-round projects and would like to thank all who have taken part and contributed to their festive fundraising events.
A Christmas Window Display competition was a new special event this year, with almost 30 local businesses taking part. The window displays were judged by Mayor of Oakham, Councillor Jayne Woodcock – first place was Fords of Oakham’s display of toys and treats for all the family, second place went to Langrick & Coe Opticians for their Santa’s Specs display, and third place was awarded to Abigail’s Vintage Bridal with an elegant window display featuring Edwardian wedding dresses.
Competition organiser Pippy Woodley said “I am so proud of all our local shops, the festive windows look amazing and I’d like to thank all who took part in the competition.” The competition raised £260 which is to be split between Oakham In Bloom and Rutland Rotary Club.
In addition to the window displays, Oakham In Bloom created their own seasonal display – a Christmas Tree remembering the WW1 soldiers from Oakham. The tree, decorated with red baubles and featuring the names of every soldier who did not return home, was part of the Congregational Church’s Christmas Tree Festival in aid of WaterAid and was awarded second place.
Late Night Shopping is always a date in Oakham In Bloom’s diary and this year the volunteers returned to the Victoria Hall with their annual tombola and raffle with the John Lewis Mabel the Penguin toy as top prize – won by Mrs Kennedy of Cottesmore. Volunteer Marilyn Morten said “We had a wonderful evening and raised over £350 from the raffle and tombola – we’d like to thank our supporters for the many donations of prizes, and thanks also to those who visited the stall.”
And the fundraising doesn’t stop now… a great gift or treat for yourself this Christmas is a subscription to Oakham In Bloom’s lottery! Just £12 a year gives an entry into the draw with a chance to win £30, £20 or £15 each month. All proceeds from the lottery go towards Oakham In Bloom’s projects. Contact Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120 for further information or look for our leaflet in the Victoria Hall or Oakham Library.
Entrants in the Christmas Window Display Competition were:
Wildwood Kitchen – High Street
Hungry Birds – Burley Road
Shangri-La – Market Street
Everlasting Now – Church Street
Duo Boutique – High Street
Ellique Beauty – South Street
Tonnerre – Catmose Street
GiftBox – Church Street
Age UK – Burley Road/High Street
Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors – Mill Street
Pollen – High Street
Spirit of the Andes – Mill Street
Cancer Research UK – Market Place
Baubles & Bangles – New Street, just off High Street
Pearce & Sons Jeweller – High Street
LOROS – High Street
Langrick & Coe Opticians – High Street
Albar’s Den, The Gift Emporium – High Street
Portess of Oakham Ltd – High Street
Colemans – High Street
Sally Holmes Florist – Melton Road, top of Dean’s Street
Itch Gallery – Mill Street
Clifton’s Tea Room – Mill Street
Altered Images – Mill Street
Fords of Oakham – Church Street
Impact – Market Place/High Street
Furleys – Market Place/High Street
Abigail’s Vintage Bridal – Cold Overton Road
Melton Mowbray Building Society – High Street
Oakham In Bloom are urging residents to pick the fruit and vegetables that have been grown in the containers in town.
The Britain In Bloom judges were very impressed with the new Grow Your Own theme that volunteers have planted and cared for, and now the fruit and vegetables are ready to eat!
The containers with fruit and vegetables ready to be picked are the large planter on the High Street outside Coop Funeralcare, the large planter outside the Odd House Tavern pub on Burley Road and the boat on the Stamford Road bypass roundabout.
Oakham In Bloom’s Derek Bilby said “Anybody passing by is invited to pick something to try – the cherry tomatoes taste great and there is also rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme and even a few strawberries!”
“The planting has been done with care, using peat-free compost and organic feed.”
The grow your own theme has been very successful, but Oakham In Bloom don’t want to see the produce going to waste, so please do take something to try.
The committee would like to thank staff at Coop Funeral Care and the Odd House Tavern for volunteering to water the containers.
Thursday 12 July is judging day for Oakham in the East Midlands In Bloom competition!
Oakham In Bloom volunteers will host the East Midlands In Bloom judges, giving them a guided tour of our town.
There’s a lot to fit in to a few hours, and the Oakham In Bloom team have carefully organised a route to fit in as much as possible, including time for the judges to meet children at Catmose Primary School, Scouts at All Saints Church, the Town Clerk and volunteers along the route.
So get your gardens ready!! The judges look at all aspects of the town, from floral displays in the centre of town and gardens in residential areas to environmental projects involving the community – it truly is an event for everyone in town.
The route will include:
Oakham Castle, Market Street and Market Place
Church Passage and All Saints Church
Cutts Close and The Bandstand (the park)
Burley Road Allotments
The Whipper-In Garden
Rutland County Council Grounds and Arboretum
Oakham Library – Sensory Garden, Prairie Garden, the Peacock & volunteers’ flowerbeds
Rutland County Museum Courtyard Garden
The Bypass & Roundabouts
Cold Overton Road
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
The Oakham In Bloom volunteers will add an extra session to their normal gardening sessions on Wednesday 11 July, starting at 6pm from Oakham Library – this will be a last minute check for weeds and litter and everyone is welcome to join us.