Stone In Bloom – helping make Stone Shine!

Rakes at the ready – Dawn Johnson, Grahame Neagus, Jill Hood and Rob Kenney.

After another successful year (Gold) the Stone in Bloomers want for nothing –
excepting warm mugs of tea and coffee … PLUS more readers to swell their ranks!

During the school’s half term break the 5th Stone Beavers played their part in helping Rotary with their Purple4Polio campaign by planting purple crocus corms provided by Stone Rotary club, in their Abbey Street bed. Next year’s spring will bring a flash of purple signifying that Rotarians throughout the world are helping towards totally eradicating Polio with their massive fundraising efforts.

Seeing purple – Stone Brownies planting crocus corms – let’s eradicate polio!

The Remembrance Day parade attracted a huge attendance and every year Stone in Bloom clear the plane tree area in time for the event, this year was no exception. We took away 28 bags of leaves and rubbish in the pouring rain and made the area surrounding the cenotaph safe and tidy for those who pay their respects. Our group waited for the parade to finish and out came our ladders as we began the task of putting up the Christmas
trees ready for the Christmas Lights Switch the following Thursday.

This year the traders and businesses in the Town were more generous than ever before in buying a tree at the very low cost of just £27 which includes a tree, lights, bracket and a battery and of course not forgetting us risking life and limb going up the ladders to erect the trees!

Ann Trinder and Tracey Neagus on Christmas
Tree duty in Stone High Street

On the actual night that we switch on the lights we go back up the ladders to put on the timers and the added bonus was it didn’t rain this year. It’s heart warming to know that the majority of the traders buy a tree because
they want to make our town look so beautiful during the festive season, so on behalf of Stone in Bloom and our residents and visitors, big thanks go to all of you who bought a tree making Stone shine .

Electing our new chairman was very well rehearsed this year, we asked that anyone who wanted to be chairman for the next two years step forward and eleven of us immediately stepped back leaving Grahame Neagus standing there, one of us quickly shouted seconded and that was that the rest is history!

Congratulations Grahame from our entire group we know you will do an excellent job.
From all of the Stone in Bloom volunteers we wish you all good health and hope you have a really great Christmas.

If you are making any New Year resolutions to do a bit more and are thinking about volunteering to give something back to the community, then please consider Stone in Bloom we have lots of fun during the hard work (there is very little gardening), and we have the satisfaction of keeping our town a desirable place to live and visit. Call Grahame for details on 0786 6002111.