The results are in!
Happy Bloomers came along to take part in our photo shoot on Monday, 8 October. There was plenty to celebrate! The community awards scooped by Marlborough were Alma Place - Outstanding. The Merchant's House - Outstanding. Old Victorian Cemetery - Outstanding. Waterfront Garden - Outstanding. Community Orchard - Outstanding. Stonebridge Wild Reserve - Outstanding. Preshute School - Thriving. St Peter's Churchyard - Thriving. Plume of Feathers - Improving. The Mead - Improving. Coopers Meadow - Outstanding. Marlborough College - Outstanding. And for the whole town - Gold! and South West Travel Association Trophy together with Sponsor's Cup for the most meritorious entry. We've added some celebratory photos to the galler below. Read more...
On Tuesday morning, 10 July, we welcomed RHS South West in Bloom judges Martin Abrahams and Sue Maddocks to Marlborough. There's more than ever for them to see this year, and we wish Marlborough in Bloom the very best of luck in the competition.
(L-R: MiB Chairman Steve Pascall, Town Clerk Shelley Parker, RHS judge Su Maddocks, Town Mayor Cllr. Lisa Farrell, Grounds Manager Nigel Weatherly, RHS judge Martin Abrahams and Bloomers Anne Crawley, Val Compton and Anna Forbes)
There was a real feeling of "everyone's a winner" in the Town Hall on the afternoon of Tuesday, 10 July at the end of a glorious day that really helped show our lovely town off at it's best to the RHS judges. Our thanks go to the Polly Tearooms for generously providing lunch for the judges and to Waitrose for the wonderful cakes. As well as refreshments, in the afternoon there were awards for the Henry George Garden Competition entrants, help from the extended family with Cathy and Pat Weatherly and Jenny Pascall behind the cake table, a rendition of 'happy birthday' to our Mayor led by MiB chairman Steve Pascall, and we even managed to film the BBC film crew, caught on camera with Anna Forbes and Val Compton, IYN entrants and MiB stalwarts... and Geoffrey the Otter. Well done everyone - now for the long wait until October when the awards will be announced.
We thought we'd share some of the pictures of the celebrations, judging day, as well as the work in the lead-up to it.