We’ve got an Allotment!

With rising costs of plants and the volume of plants we need to support our projects, the Oakham In Bloom committee decided to acquire an allotment to grow on seedlings and plug plants to support our year-round planting schemes.

In Spring 2015 we took ownership of a lovely plot on Willow Crescent…

To date, the allotment has been dug over with manure and mushroom compost incorporated, and the plants are now being transplanted.

85 polyanthus have been transplanted to the plot and some lovely Delphiniums from Rutland Horticultural Society will be planted and grown on, together with 45 Verbascums that Maureen Jenkins, one of our ‘Take a Tray’ volunteers, has grown from seed for us.

If you’d like to become an allotment volunteer please contact us.

July’s Lottery Draw

The latest lottery draw was made today at the Rutland Horticultural Society Summer Show – the winning numbers were 5, 137 and 104 – cheques will be on their way to the winners in the next couple of days!

Proceeds from our monthly lottery draw helps with the cost of the plants and maintenance of the Oakham in Bloom beds and planters throughout the town.

Just £12 a year with a chance to win one of 3 cash prizes each month.

Please contact us for an application form or look for the green application form in the Town Council stand at Victoria Hall.

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.

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