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

An Incredible Launch for Oakham

Transition RutlandThe evening of Wednesday 6th March was truly ‘Incredible’ for Transition Rutland, raising over £40 on the night on its launch of the community vegetable growing project, Incredible Edible Oakham.

The project, supported by Oakham In Bloom, aims to use the pots by Rutland Plastics on Cold Overton Road, and other areas, to grow vegetables for the benefit of the community.

Over 30 people attended the launch which included a short recorded talk from Incredible Edible Todmorden founder Pam Warhurst, along with a film screening of Growing Change – an inspiring movie about a food growing revolution in Venezuela.

Incredible Edible Oakham is now all set to go and is looking for volunteers who can donate:

  • Their seeds/seedlings
  • Their time to help plant & maintain the pots
  • Their advice on container vegetable gardening

A date for the first planting working party is to be set very soon. For more information & to volunteer, contact Transition Rutland on 01572 723419 or email info@transitionrutland.org.uk

Watch out Oakham, something Incredible is coming!

Incredible Edible Oakham

Oakham In Bloom is delighted to announce its support for Transition Rutland’s new project ‘Incredible Edible’.

Transition Rutland are working in partnership with Oakham In Bloom, and have already gained permission to turn the pots at Rutland Plastics, Oakham, into community vegetable patches.

The project aims to bring people together and, through actions around local food, help change behaviour toward the environment.

The Incredible Edible ethos has been taken up by communities all over the world, with local people coming together in their own time to turn unloved pieces of land into community gardens growing food to share.

FREE EVENT – WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH – RUTLAND COUNTY MUSEUM

Incredible Edible Oakham (linking in with the Incredible Edible movement), will be launched with a film screening entitled ‘Growing Change’ on Wednesday 6th March, (7.15pm for 7.30pm) at Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham. Entry is FREE and all are welcome.

Growing Change is a journey that aims to understand why the current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. How will the world feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges?

The film tells the story of how Venezuela developed a more equitable and sustainable food and agricultural system after decades of government neglect of agriculture. What are the lessons we can learn from Venezuela’s food revolution?

This is an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

For more about Incredible Edible Oakham visit www.transitionrutland.org.uk/incredible-edible-oakham

2012 Local Award Winners

On Thursday 13 September Oakham In Bloom held its AGM and Local Awards Ceremony.

Every year the committee invite nominations for the best gardens and floral displays in Oakham – an opportunity to discover some hidden gems and to celebrate the efforts made by residents and businesses in keeping the town blooming, not just during the summer but all year round.

2012 winners are:

Best Front Garden (award donated by Rutland Horticultural Society)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Cadman of Redland Road
Second Place – Mr & Mrs Sharpe of Cold Overton Road
First Place – Mrs June Mead of Redland Road

Best Secret Garden – small garden category (award donated by Bella’s)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Bury
Second Place – Mr & Mrs Perril
First Place – Mr & Mrs Blackford

Best Secret Garden – large garden category (award donated by David Wilson Homes)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Adams
Second Place – Mr & Mrs O’Brien
First Place – Mr T Gilbert

Best Business Premises (award donated by Rutland Chamber of Trade)
Third Place – Rutland Health & Beauty / The Beauty Shop
Second Place – Nature’s Dispensary
First Place – Oakham Oriental Rugs

Best Licensed Premises
Third Place – The Grainstore
Second Place – The Wheatsheaf
First Place – The Whipper-In

Best Floral Display on Judging Route (award donated by Lands End Direct Merchants)
Mrs Sylvia Hammond – Cricket Lawns

Chairman’s Award
Each year, Oakham In Bloom’s Chairman chooses an individual to receive an award for their contribution to Oakham In Bloom projects.
This year, the award was given to Oliver Hemsley from Paint it or Plant It for the outstanding contribution that Oliver and all his staff at Paint It or Plant It  gave to Oakham In Bloom in 2012.

2012 Judging Route Announced

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
Ashwell Road
Balmoral Road
Barleythorpe Road
Barlow Road
Braunston Road
Brooke Road
Bull Lane
Burley Road
Catmose Street
Church Street
Cold Overton Road
Cricket Lawns
Dean’s Street
Gaol Street
High Street
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
Mill Street
Northgate
Sandringham Close
Tyne Road
Trent Road
Uppingham Road
Welland Way
West Road

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.