Congratulations to our beautiful town – Stone in Bloom is absolutely thrilled to announce that the Royal Horticultural Society, Heart of England in Bloom has awarded GOLD to Stone in the Large Town Category.
Our group of volunteers would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who goes out there and does their bit. There are so many people who litter pick, weed and plant bulbs at their own cost each year but they prefer to remain anonymous as it suits them to stay in the background.
It’s a huge team effort, from traders who make their shop fronts and windows attractive, to the children who design their posters each year and we see them displayed in the windows in the High Street, and of course we can’t forget the contribution Streetscene make, both on judging day and helping us through the In Bloom year.
The group was naturally nervous about the impending result as we would be bitterly disappointed to not win gold. We knew we had gone above and beyond with the work we had done throughout the town, enduring a freezing winter followed by the scorching summer which frazzled most green spaces and Stonefield Park almost to a cinder. We couldn’t have done more than we did and it has paid off for us.
For those who cannot volunteer, we are grateful for your help in other ways. When we are out and busy, people will stop us to talk and offer encouragement. Quite often a lady will come and chat to us about what we are doing and a short while ago she said she had been looking out for us and handed me an envelope. It was a lovely surprise when I opened it and inside was a cheque for £500 – how very kind and generous. The money will go towards new tools and materials and the group will decide what else we need, putting the donation to good use.
The Stone Festival group has been kind to us too with a cheque which will help us buy bulbs and more fruit trees. It’s amazing how all of the various community volunteer groups recycle the money that Stone residents give and put the money to such good use. Not only does the money boost the local economy but it also provides entertainment and events, makes the town look beautiful and helps all sorts of well deserving groups.
After a few well earned weeks’ rest we were back to work at the beginning of October when we sell the Christmas trees to traders, take down the bunting which we leave up for the Food and Drink Festival, make sure the plane tree area is tidy for Remembrance Sunday and soon it’s time to put up the Christmas trees. We generally keep the town shining.
Stone in Bloom works on the ethos that if the town and surrounding areas look good, then people are less inclined to spoil an area with litter and graffiti and take responsibility for their own section of the town. We welcome you to attend our Stone in Bloom AGM to be held Monday, October 8, at 7pm in Stone Town Council chamber