2016 Judging Route

Volunteers meet East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library

Volunteers meeting East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library in 2015

We’re delighted to announce our 2016 Judging Route for the East Midlands In Bloom judge’s tour of Oakham on Thursday 14 July.

Starting with a presentation at Oakham Castle, the Oakham In Bloom committee will be hosting judge Simon Lucas for the tour, which will include the opportunity to meet our hardworking volunteers, supporters and project partners.  Entries for the East Midlands In Bloom special awards have also been incorporated into the tour.

The tour will take in the following areas throughout the town:

  • Oakham Castle
  • Market Street, Market Place and The Buttercross
  • Oakham School
  • Church Passage and All Saints Church
  • Cutts Close and the Bandstand
  • Church Street
  • Gaol Street
  • High Street to Melton Road
  • Lands’ End Way and Lands’ End gardens at the Outlet Shop
  • Burley Road and Ladywell
  • Willow Crescent and Woodland View
  • The Oakham In Bloom Allotment
  • Stamford Road
  • The boat and bypass roundabouts
  • Spitfire display bed
  • Inner Wheel bicycle bed
  • Uppingham Road
  • Catmos Street and Bull Lane
  • Oakham Library, including the Prairie bed, Sensory garden and Peacock
  • Rutland County Museum courtyard garden

The tour will end with a lunch for the committee and guests at Rutland County Museum.

Replanting the Ladywell Flowerbed

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.

2015 Judging Route Announced

Volunteers working on the flowerbeds at Oakham LibraryOakham In Bloom volunteers have been working on the route for the East Midlands In Bloom judges’ tour next week.

Oakham’s entry into the competition covers areas of environmental, heritage and horticultural achievement and the tour takes in the town centre, residential areas, the bypass and more.  The judges will tour Oakham on foot and by car.

This year’s route will include the following:
Oakham Castle and grounds, Market Place & Market Street
Church Street & Northgate
Melton Road
High Street
Gaol Street
Catmose Street and the Library – including the Sensory Garden, the Prairie Garden, the Peacock and the volunteers’ adopted beds
Rutland County Museum
Catmose Arboretum & Council Offices
Mill Street & The Maltings
The Bypass – including the Boat, the Spitfire & the Inner Wheel Garden
Burley Road & Bull Lane
Stamford Road
Uppingham Road
Cricket Lawns
Brooke Road – including the Woodland Trust Gorse Field Wood & Brooke Hill Academy to meet pupils
Tyne Road, Trent Road & Welland Way
Balmoral Road & Braunston Road
Barleythorpe Road
Lands End Way

Are you on the route? It’s not just Oakham In Bloom projects that are judged, but the town as a whole.

Oakham In Bloom Chairman, Chris Morten, said “Oakham is looking wonderful already, but we’d be delighted if all residents and businesses, especially those on the route, could spend a little time checking their gardens and premises to keep them clear of litter and weeds ahead of judging day on Tuesday 7 July.”

And don’t forget you can nominate your favourite gardens and floral displays in Oakham – there is a Best on Judging Route Award up for grabs too! Nominate your favourites by completing our online form, or by calling Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120.

Festive Fundraising Fun

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.

Fords of Oakham's winning window display

Fords of Oakham’s winning window display

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.

Pippy, Chris, Marilyn and Jackie at Oakham's Late Night Shopping

Our volunteers host the tombola and raffle at Oakham’s Late Night Shopping event

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

Ripe & Ready!

Stamford Road Boat filled with vegetablesOakham 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.

Have you tried any of the community-grown produce? Please take a photo and share it with Oakham In Bloom on Facebook – www.facebook.com/oakhaminbloom and Twitter – www.twitter.com/oakhaminbloom