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Aylsham looking blooming lovely

Just Regional
Jul 20, 2017 2 mins read

Story BETH MEYER, pictures: DAISY JORDAN

Walking around Aylsham, it is difficult not to notice the abundance of stunning floral displays.

The Aylsham in Bloom team of Tracy Newsome, Shelley Hudson, Sheila Merriman, Wendy Sadler and Judy Marles have taken the project to a competitive level, holding the Aylsham in Bloom Trader’s Competition where local businesses were tested on their gardening and floristry skills.

This year’s competition was judged by Gay Webster, editor at just Aylsham, who said: “It was a really tough job to pick out the winners from such an amazing array. In the end I picked the winners for their ingenuity and originality, bearing in mind the space they had to play with.”

The In Bloom team are obviously enthusiastic about the competition and the way it brings the community together. Sheila said: “Moreover, it gives locals and visitors alike something to smile about when in Aylsham.”

Setting off from Bure Valley Railway, it was full steam ahead for Gay as each display was deliberated and debated. And, 33 displays later, Ducker’s Funeral Service was crowned the winner of the Inside Out competition, based on its representation of the business through its outdoor display.

The funeral tea display was put together by Olwen Lynskey and Martyn Burrell, with help from the whole of the Burrell family. The whole team was delighted to have won, with Martyn describing the experience as a “huge achievement”. Highly commended certificates went to Therapy Hair Salon and Spire Solicitors.

The overall winner was this year named as Carousel Chocolates, the first business to win the award twice, last time in 2015. “I loved the little display of flower ice-cream cones and how much care had been put into maintaining the floral displays,” said Gay.

Sarah Norman-Miller and her mum June Norman described winning the award for the second time as fabulous. Sarah said: “It wouldn’t have been possible without help from the whole family, including my children Kieran and Charlie. And mum has been in charge of the watering and feeding of the displays.”

They successfully depicted Carousel’s bright and cheerful mood by using an array of vibrant colours and creative ideas.

Aylsham in Bloom would be delighted to welcome new volunteers to help keep the town looking luscious and bright.

Anyone interested can email aylshaminbloom.weebly.com or 01263 734408.

 

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