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

Thanking Sponsors of The Peacock

Unveiling the PeacockToday, Oakham In Bloom held a short ceremony and afternoon tea at The Whipper-In to thank the sponsors of the Peacock project – a newly installed feature in the gardens at the back of Oakham Library.

The metal peacock frame was salvaged from Ashwell Prison last year and was kindly stored over winter by Paint It or Plant It, who also installed it in March ready for Oakham In Bloom’s volunteers to plant it up for the summer.

Without the generous donations and support of the sponsors, we would never have been able to complete the installation and maintenance of this unique floral feature.

As permanent recognition of this generosity, a sign has also been erected next to the peacock and it was this that was unveiled today by Frank Hinch from The Rutland Trust.

Oakham In Bloom would like to thank all their hard-working gardening and fundraising volunteers, all local residents and businesses, and especially the sponsors of the peacock itself:

Barnsdale Lodge Hotel
Cavells
Kitchens by Nathaniel Oliver
Ministry of Justice
Oakham Memorial Institute
Oakham School
Oakham Town Council
Oakham Town Partnership
The Lions Club of Rutland
The Rutland Trust
Paint It or Plant It
Friends of Oakham In Bloom

The above sponsors and supporters were represented at the event by Frank Hinch (The Rutland Trust); Alf and Della Dewis (Mayor and Mayoress – Oakham Town Council); Adam Lowe (Oakham Town Council); Ed Burrows and Dee Spurling (Barnsdale Lodge Hotel); Mike Cropper, Bob Lucas, Joyce Lucas and Nigel Campion (The Lions Club of Rutland); Dave Johnson (Oakham Memorial Institute); Oliver Hemsley and his men! (Paint It or Plant It); Annika Hedrich-Wiggans (Oakham School); Mark Taylor (Bradshaw Taylor / Cavells); Victoria Brambini (Rutland County Council); Derek Bilby (Oakham Town Partnership and Oakham In Bloom); Maureen Dodds, Teresa Thompson, Chris Morten and volunteers (Oakham In Bloom).

2010 Local Awards

At our annual AGM and awards ceremony last week many local residents and business owners joined us to find out who won the much sought-after local awards.

The winners are:

Best Front Garden Trophy presented by The Rutland Horticultural Society
Award Presented by Pat Simmonds
Third Place – Anna & Roy Foster  – Noel Avenue
Second Place– Mr & Mrs Kennedy – Braunston Road
First Place – Lionel & Dot Francis – Mendip Road

Best Secret Garden – small garden  Trophy presented by Tim Freeman
Award presented by Sara Forsyth High Sherriff
Third Place – Roland Meadows – Glen Drive
Second Place – Angela Betts – Redland Road
First Place – Charles & Joan Underwood – Westfield Avenue

Best Secret Garden – large garden  Trophy presented by David Wilson Homes
Award presented by Lawrence Howard – Lord Lieutenant
Third Place – Pam & Trevor Barnet – Redland Road
Second Place – George & Joyce Burton – Cold Overton Road
First Place  – Peter & Jacqueline Beanland – The Dell

Best Business Premises Trophy presented by Rutland Chamber of Trade.
Award presented by Ed Burrows MD Discover Rutland
Third Place – The Post Office – Market Place, Oakham
Second Place – The Maltings – Mill Street
First Place – L’Oliveto – Church Street

Best Public House Trophy presented by Barnsdale Hall & Country Club
Award presented by Mr Brian Naylor – President Lions Club of Rutland
Second Place – The Whipper-In
First Place – The Wheatsheaf

Best on Judging Route  Trophy presented by Lands End Direct Merchants
Award presented by Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Winner –  Meadows World Travel

Chairman’s Award – a special award given by the Chairman to somebody who has made a significant contribution to Oakham in Bloom.
Presented by Mrs M Dodds & Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Awarded to Mrs Teresa Thompson