Getting Ready for 2015

The Oakham In Bloom Committee held their first meeting of 2015 on Tuesday 10 February at The Lord Nelson in Oakham.

After a busy Christmastime fundraising followed by a short winter break, the volunteers are raring to go!  We all love the challenges that Springtime brings and there was much to plan and discuss around our gardening projects and fundraising events and ideas.

At the meeting the committee confirmed Oakham will be entered into the East Midlands In Bloom competition for 2015 – this will be the highlight of the summer, recognising our volunteers’ year-round efforts and the support of residents and businesses to make Oakham a great place to live and visit.

The East Midlands judges will be hosted by the Oakham In Bloom committee, supported by local residents, businesses and dignitaries.  They will be taken on a tour of the town and be shown successful environmental and heritage projects that are undertaken by the many organisations in Oakham.  Further details about the judging route will be published as soon as they are available.

Also at the meeting, the committee discussed a number of gardening projects in progress and in the pipeline, including: a rework of the Spitfire bed on the bypass; partial replanting of the Prairie Garden and revamp of the Sensory Garden at the Library; possibilities for the Showground bypass roundabout; the Summer planting scheme for the Peacock; and, much more.

A key focus for the committee is fundraising and planning for many events is underway, including: a Quiz Night and Supper; Jumble Sale; a sunflower competition; Summer Raffle; collection boxes; and new areas for sponsorship.

The flowerbed on the large traffic island on Burley Road, near the Odd House pub, has come available for sponsorship – please contact us if you would like further details.

The monthly Lottery goes from strength-to-strength – the winning numbers for February’s draw were drawn at the meeting: 213, 63 and 92 won prizes and cheques are on the way to the winners.  How to join the Lottery >>

Do you have Oakham’s Best Christmas Window Display?

Oakham In Bloom is very excited to announce their first ‘Best Christmas Window Display Competition’ which will be judged by the Mayor of Oakham, Councillor Jayne Woodcock at the town’s Late Night Shopping event on Monday 8 December.

We are asking shops to dress up their windows and enter our competition to keeping Oakham looking great throughout the Christmas period.

Oakham In Bloom Fundraiser, Pippy Woodley, said: “The response from local shops and businesses has been overwhelming so far and has fulfilled our expectations in our endeavour to make Oakham sparkle this Christmas, which we hope will encourage more visitors to Oakham over the Christmas period.”

The winner will receive a beautiful trophy inscribed with their name and held for one year, with two runners-up receiving a commemorative rosette.

A donation of £10 enters your shop or business into the judging and all proceeds will be split equally between Oakham In Bloom projects and the Rotary Club who fund and organise Oakham’s Christmas Tree in the Market Place.

Entry forms are available from Oakham Library, or details can be sent to info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk

2013 Local Awards

Thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM and local awards at The Victoria Hall in Oakham tonight… here’s a list of our winners!

Best Front Garden:
1st – Christine Weston
2nd – Margaret Broughton
3rd – Mr & Mrs Gee
Highly Commended – Dave Blanksby

Best Business Premises:
1st – Thomas Hairdresser, The Maltings
2nd – Savvi Travel
3rd – Crown Walk Care Home
Highly Commended – Catmose College

Best Licensed Premises:
1st – The Wheatsheaf
2nd – The Whipper-In
3rd – The Lord Nelson

Best Floral Display on the Judging Route was awarded to The Maltings.

The Chairman’s Award was split between Teresa Thompson, Chris Morten and Derek Bilby for their commitment and achievements as Oakham In Bloom committee members.

Thanks to everyone who makes Oakham such a lovely place – especially our volunteers, residents and businesses who support Oakham In Bloom’s projects.