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

Oakham In Bloom Local Award Winners 2015

Hot on the heels of the town’s Silver Gilt award in the East Midlands In Bloom competition, Oakham In Bloom presented local awards to local residents and businesses at their AGM the evening.

The results for the 2015 awards are:

Best Front Garden
1st Joyce Lucas
2nd Mick Young
3rd Margaret Broughton

Best Secret Garden
1st Charlie Underwood
2nd Robert Strouts
3rd Alison Greaves

Best Business Premises
1st The Maltings led by Laura and Andy Cross of Dean’s Street Photography
2nd Lands End Europe Ltd
3rd The Old Wisteria Hotel

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

Best Floral Display on Judging route
Mick Young

Chairman’s Award
Jackie Sellwood

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 >>

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.