July 7, 2011
photos: Britain In Bloom judges impressed by Highbridge visit
In Bloom competition judges were left 'blooming impressed' when
they visited Highbridge during their formal assessment of the
town on Thursday (July 7th).
Tony Moore and Nick Jones were given an official welcome to the
town by Mayor Michael Clarke and members of the Highbridge In
Bloom committee, as pictured, before they were taken on a tour.
group's Joyce Curtis, Pam Lyes, Bill Fisher and Phil Lyes showed
the judges around the many colourful displays that have burst
into bloom in recent weeks.
Pam Lyes, secretary of Highbridge In Bloom, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Our first port of call was the church garden, which the
judges much admired, then we went to the cauldrons around the
First World War Memorial in Church Street."
tour took in several of this year's impressive neighbourhood entries
at Morland Hall and Apex Parkn and we also stopped at the newly-constructed
bogey wheels at Walrow, which the judges were interested to hear
depict an important part of Highbridge's rich industrial history."
"They were also fascinated with the Walrow fishing lakes
where they met Fishing Club Chairman Maurice White, who gave them
an account of the old brickyard workings. Members also admired
the wild chicory growing there."
added: "Then we went on to Highbridge Station which they
were really impressed with, saying it is the cleanest station
they had seen in the whole area."
Community Rail Partnership have provided us with a new floral
container which has been planted up and they also provided poster
cases to display paintings by the children of Highbridge Dreamscheme."
judges said they very much admire the Dreamscheme and met with
several of the group's committee members who gave them an insight
into the running of the group."
was also a new large floral bed on the station approach road which
had been constructed by Sedgemoor District Council which they
agreed further enhanced the station car park area."
then went on to Arthur Burridge's community garden at Southwell
Crescent, and General Higgins House Gardens - both of which have
been entered in the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' contest, as was
Bill Fisher's Community Garden at Clover Way."
finished the tour by visiting the town centre to see Alpha House
gardens, the Town Green and Jubilee Gardens - all of which received
the judges' admiration."
Pam added: "Grateful thanks go to Keith Cann and his support
team at Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team for
all their hard work to make this judging day such a success."
And Trish Hart from Highbridge Dreamscheme told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The judges were very interested in the Dreamscheme and what
we are doing here in Highbridge with the youths. They were impressed
with what we had achieved with the display cases and the hanging
baskets and congratulated all the helpers."
town now faces a two-month wait to hear how whether the town has
followed its success of last year when it won a silver gilt award.
The Britain In Bloom awards ceremony will be held in Newquay on
15th September. Meanwhile, Burnham-On-Sea is now making its own
final preparations for the judges' visit to the town this coming