News from Syston in Bloom

At the Queen Victoria on the evening of 23rd September our Chairman Howard Midgley welcomed a record number of residents to our annual presentation evening for the Front Garden Competition, the prizes for the children`s photographic competition were also awarded.
The children`s photographs are included in the fund raising calendar which is now on sale for £3.99 at the Community Centre, Post Office, Gamble & Hollis and The Secret Garden. Calendar competition winners
Presentations were made to Oscar Duncan-West, Callum Hancocks, Rebecca Morgan and Isobel Cox in respect of their photographs.
First prizes for the Front Gardens Competition were presented to Roy Palmer (front garden), Lorraine O`Brien (containers), St. Peter`s Court (community gardens) and the Queen Victoria (pubs & clubs). Brenda and HowardBrenda Lovett, was the winner of the SIB shield for the best new entry, our picture right showing her receiving her award from Howard Midgley. All entrants were presented with certificates and 20% off vouchers to use at Derry`s Nurseries, Cossington.
Special congratulations were made to Zoe of the Queen Victoria as she was presented with a Silver Award from East Midlands In Bloom, following her entry into the Pubs/Hotel Gardens section of the regional competition. Well done Zoe and many thanks for hosting our presentation evening and providing sandwiches.
Our thanks also go to County Councillor Dave Houseman and Town Councillor Mal Carnall for coming along to represent their councils.
Thanks to professional judges Malcolm Jones and Mick Eaton for judging the gardens for us this year and Alan Dayman from Derry`s for his continued support and sponsorship. SIB are grateful to you all for taking part in our evening and making the presentations.
Everyone appeared to enjoy the evening. The aim of SIB is to continue improving the appearance and cleanliness of the town which should, ultimately, improve on our score with East Midlands in Bloom, which was up by 12.5% on 2013. The support of residents is greatly appreciated.
The judges for Syston`s Front Gardens Competition this year observed many other gardens which were worthy of entry into the competition so if you are proud of your garden don`t be afraid to enter next year. The winner in each category receives a very worthwhile voucher to spend at the garden centre of their choice.

Howard Midgley with some of the winners of Syston in Bloom Competition at the presentation evening.
Howard Midgley with some of the winners of Syston in Bloom Competition at the presentation evening.

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Syston in Bloom Committee