The Day of Judgment is fast approaching!

Stone’s own Golden Pollinator, Grahame, helps out with the sunflower planting
Stone’s own Golden Pollinator, Grahame, helps out with the sunflower planting

Stone Farmer’s Market was a great day for the Stone in Bloomers (SIB) when 102 children stopped at the now iconic 3 wheeler Piaggio, owned by SIB members Tracey and Grahame Neagus, to plant their giant sunflower seeds in pots to take home and grow.

Group member Grahame Neagus, who turned 50 years old on May 24th (please don’t tell anyone), dressed as a bumble bee. The theory was that dressed in such a way, the younger children would flock to the stall – wrong! The terrifying appearance of his black legs turned out to be a sight too far for many!

Jill Hood, Barbara Rochelle, with Sue Thursfield, Liz Gwyn Blonde and Anita Sproston from HSBC
Jill Hood, Barbara Rochelle, with Sue Thursfield, Liz Gwyn Blonde and Anita Sproston from HSBC

On May 15th a number of the local HSBC bank staff gave their “community hours” working with our Stone in Bloom group washing down the street furniture ready for the big paint work party which followed on Sunday May 18th. One passerby told us “It could only happen in Stone, bank staff and town councillor’s scrubbing the street furniture.” He congratulated all concerned and went on his way laughing.

Bev, Rob, Stve , Jill & Mark - did Bev get caught out brown handed?
Bev, Rob, Stve , Jill & Mark – did Bev get caught out brown handed?

It’s always rewarding when members of the public stop to say how much they appreciate all the voluntary hours we put in. Let’s not forget how many other voluntary community groups give up their time and one of the best examples is the Summer Festival group.

They are all now working hard, making ready for the popular week-long festival which begins on June 8th. Stone in Bloom will also be lending a hand on Carnival Day, so please visit our stand to have a chat, buy some of our plants and find out about our Stone in Bloom discount card which you can use in most of Stone’s independent shops and businesses.

Steve applying some wet paint - despite two clear notices, there’s always one who still takes the wight off and this year it was your Editor!
Steve applying some wet paint – despite two clear notices, there’s always one who still takes the wight off and this year it was your Editor!

Keeping with this year’s theme – golden pollinators, I’ve ordered a sunflower print umbrella (for judging day) from Glitz in the Bag in Granville Square – using my discount card and with other savings I’ve made on local shopping, I’ve already many times the £10 back that I paid for my card. Everyone’s a winner with a SIB Card – you save money shopping, we get vitakl funds to pay for the materials we use in cleaning and planting and the shops see their trade increasing as people are very definitely coming alive to the savings available.

The Big Clean Up Day

It’s a big ask – but vital to por progress in the In Bloom competition – could any community groups and interested residents you join us for our Big Clean Up Day. We shall be meeting at Westbridge Park at 10 am, Sunday June 29th to help us prepare our town for “judgment day” which this year is Friday July 18th. Please bring appropriate tools to litter pick and weed – gloves are advisable, and also something to drink – hopefully it will be a sunny day and it’s all too easy to dehydrate if you’re not careful. Some Factor 20 would also be wise. So we’ll look forward to seeing you all on the day!

For more details contact Chairman Rob Kenney on 07980 591719 orSecretary Jill Hood on 07736 413097. Follow us on Twitter @stoneinblooms