With special thanks to the townspeople of Marlborough who have so generously supported the Marlborough in Bloom 2016 campaign with donations and time spent cleaning up the town, to the local businesses who sweep their shopfronts and send staff out to volunteer, to the children who have jollied us all up with their art work and to our principal sponsors:
As you will see from our lists of sponsors and supporters we have had an outpouring of enthusastic support from businesses and organisations in Marlborough and the surrounding villages.
The committee has worked very hard to promote the work of Marlborough in Bloom and we have had good coverage in the local press.
This year we have 12 entries for the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood scheme and this has involved many hundreds of volunteers planting trees, restoring river banks, weeding and planting parks and gardens and litter-picking our streets. We reckon we must have totalled over 2000 hours of volunteer labour.
Marlborough Town Council has supported our efforts with grants and more importantly by allowing us to have the services of their Estates Manager and his team of groundsmen to build planters and fill them with recycled compost courtesy of Hills Ltd. and we are very grateful for their dedication.
The youngsters have responded enthusiastically to Marlborough in Bloom initiatives.
An Art & Educational project for the two junior schools in Marlborough, St Peter’s and St Mary’s, was organised by Wendy Osmond and Deb Turnell who engaged a local beekeeper to speak about bees to the pupils and showed them a hive with live bees in it. Afterwards the children were asked to create a bee in any way they liked. St Peter’s liked the idea of this competition and included it as part of their curriculum setting it as ‘homework’ for all the classes in the school, including the Resource Base where the children have learning difficulties. Two local artists, will judge the work and the winning entries from both schools will be displayed in shop windows on the High Street.
Cubs, scouts and brownies are involved with building raised beds around their Scout Hut and look forward to eating the results of their newly planted vegetables.
Waitrose have included us in their Community Matters scheme and the tokens are piling up in our local shop. Last year this raised over £300 thanks to the public's generous response.
Finally, all over town, the ladies of Marlborough are knitting and crocheting bees to decorate the shop windows on Judging Day. A specially commissioned Marlborough in Bloom flag will fly from the Town Hall, the church bells of St. Mary's Church will ring and the Town Crier will announce the arrival of the judges and welcome them to Marlborough.
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