Local Gardening Competition Winners

At our AGM last night we also awarded prizes for the local gardening awards organised by our committee.

Gardens were judged in August and we’re delighted to announce the winners:

BEST FRONT GARDEN
1st Place – Steven Gooden of Cold Overton Road
2nd Place – Margaret Broughton of Braunston Road
3rd Place – Brian & Kath Hodgson of Brooke Road

BEST LARGE SECRET GARDEN 
1st Place – Rex & Erica Merchant of West Road
2nd Place – Jill Weigh of Northgate
3rd Place – Liz Sanders of Braunston Road

BEST SMALL SECRET GARDEN 
1st Place – Ann Gurney of Springfield Way
2nd Place – Adrian & Carol Arnold of Prince George Avenue
3rd Place – John Woods of Melton Road

BEST BUSINESS PREMISES 
1st Place – The Maltings, including Sweeney Todd, Dean St Photography, County Squire, Pure Beauty, Thomas Hairdressing, Oakham Rugs, Snapdragon and Partners
2nd Place – Land’s End Europe Ltd
3rd Place – The Wisteria Hotel

BEST LICENSED PREMISES
1st Place – The Wheatsheaf
2nd Place – The Lord Nelson
3rd Place – The Captain Noel Newton
Highly Commended – The Whipper-In

BEST FLORAL DISPLAY ON JUDGING ROUTE 
Pippy Woodley – Catmos Street

CHAIR’S AWARD
Craig Howat

Festive Sparkle for Oakham’s Windows!

Fords of Oakham's winning window display in 2014.

Fords of Oakham’s winning window display in 2014

Following the success of last year’s competition, won by Fords of Oakham with runners-up Langrick & Coe Opticians and Abigail’s Vintage Bridal, Oakham’s shops and businesses are again being invited to dress their windows for Christmas for Oakham In Bloom’s Best Christmas Window Display Competition.

Oakham In Bloom Fundraiser, Pippy Woodley, said “Last year’s competition was amazing, but this year Oakham is set to sparkle even more with so many more shops from throughout the town already entered.”

Over 30 shops and businesses have already entered, and judging will take place on the 5 & 6 December – the weekend before Oakham’s Late Night Shopping event.

The winner will be presented with the trophy, inscribed with their name, and held for one year, with two runners-up receiving commemorative rosettes.

A donation of £10 enters your shop or business into the judging and all proceeds will be donated to Oakham In Bloom’s projects for 2016.  Entry forms are available from Oakham In Bloom – email info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk or contact Marilyn Morten on 01572 759108.

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

Thanks to Co-operative Funeralcare

Many thanks to Co-operative Funeralcare in Oakham for their generous donation towards our Spring planting.

Oakham In Bloom were invited to the Co-operative premises on Oakham High Street to collect the cheque from Funeral Director Michelle Meynell.

“Oakham In Bloom projects bring a lot of joy to residents and visitors and the volunteers do a fantastic job.” said Michelle “We have some Oakham In Bloom planters outside our premises and in Gaol Street which look great all year round, receiving many comments from our clients and passers-by.”

Michelle and her team want to support local community organisations and recognise the work of volunteers in any way they can – Michelle is keen to get gardening too and plans to get her hands dirty with the Oakham In Bloom volunteers!

Michelle added: “Co-operative Funeralcare is proud to sponsor such a worthwhile cause and we hope to continue this support for many years to come.”

Oakham In Bloom Vice-Chairman Derek Bilby said “It’s such a pleasure to be rewarded with donations from local businesses – this donation from Co-operative Funeralcare helps fund planting for the town centre which makes Oakham much more appealing to visitors and shoppers.”

The Oakham In Bloom committee are also delighted to be working with Michelle and other organisations to plan replacement murals on the Gaol Street side of the Co-operative’s building as part of their refurbishments later this year.