In Bloom is Amazing!
What an amazing 2015!
History was made at the In Bloom Awards in September 2015 when Midsomer Norton not only won Gold in the Champions of Champions category but were also awarded the top prize jointly for the whole South West with Falmouth as ‘Winners of South West In Bloom’.
There was uproar from the Midsomer Norton In Bloom team who were ecstatic at their amazing win – in a category which included other major entrants in the Champion of Champions category this year such as Bath. Whilst Midsomer Norton has reached giddy heights in recent years with flowers – South West In Bloom is now much more about community engagement rather than just blooms and it was its community
“This is a truly amazing achievement and on behalf of Midsomer Norton’s residents I would like to thank the In Bloom Team, community group volunteers, the business community and contractors for their hard work and dedication during the last 12 months. It shows just what can be achieved when we work together as a community. The award presented by David Dimbleby last Thursday in front of an audience of 400 people representing the whole South West of England must count as one of Midsomer Norton’s finest hours”, said Paul Myers, Mayor of Midsomer Norton.
In terms of Midsomer Norton’s twelve ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards’ the town got six outstanding awards, three thriving and three developing . Individual results included the following and it is interesting to note that South West In Bloom rated the River Somer as an outstanding project:
Midsomer Norton Primary School – Outstanding
River Somer Management Team – Outstanding
Silver Street Local Nature Reserve – Outstanding
Swallow Housing Association – Outstanding
The Hollies Gardens – Outstanding
Wansdyke Play Association Saturday Club – Outstanding
Midsomer Norton Methodist Church – Thriving
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust – Midsomer Norton – Thriving
Welton Afterschool Club Initiative – Thriving
Midsomer Norton Community Allotments – Developing
Welton Primary School – Developing
Welton Village Group – Developing
A celebratory Civic Reception was held at Midsomer Norton Town Hall on Monday 28th September which was attended by over 60 members of the community who had taken part in this year’s In Bloom entry and who received their awards certificates from Town Mayor Paul Myers. At the reception the In Bloom participants voted to take up the opportunity to participate in Britain In Bloom next year which will see Midsomer Norton compete at the national competition level as well as the South West level.