Blooming good show for Aylsham!

Just Regional
Sep 12, 2016 2 mins read

Aylsham has won a Silver Gilt award in the Anglia in Bloom awards – all the more impressive considering it is the first year the town has entered the competition.

Aylsham in Bloom chairman Sheila Merriman said she was “ecstatic” with the result, which was announced on September 6 at an event in Gorleston where winners were announced for all six counties.

Anglia in Bloom is an enormous undertaking and covers communities across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Aylsham featured in the small town category, which means a population of between 2,501 and 6,000.

Frinton on Sea won the category and a Gold award, with three other towns also taking a Gold. Aylsham was next on the list with a Silver Gilt, alongside South Wootton.

“We are absolutely ecstatic, it has been a very long road to get to this point,” said Sheila. “A year ago one of the volunteers said ‘shall we enter the Anglia competition?’ It has all come from there.

“There are lots of people, businesses, schools and organisations who have come together to create a lovely environment around town, the number of flowers which have been on display has been so lovely to see.

“It’s important to say that this wasn’t just an Aylsham in Bloom entry. We coordinated it but it has been a much wider community effort. In fact some of the judges’ feedback made it clear that they could see how that community element played a huge part in the entry.

“Wendy Sadler deserves special mention and enormous credit, she really drove the project forward and worked very hard to get it off the ground.”

Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “The Anglia in Bloom communities across the six counties should be justifiably proud of this year’s achievements

“Standards have continued on from last year with excellent awards achieved, the outstanding community work, many resourceful projects and superb colourful displays.

“The key to success has again been community involvement where everyone gets involved and pulls together.”
The Aylsham in Bloom group is always looking for more volunteers, said Sheila, whether it be for watering, planting, leafleting or any manner of jobs.

Contact her on 01263 734408 if you would like to get involved.


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