The good - and the not so good 

August 2008                                                                                                                                     A NANTWICH IN BLOOM PAGE

A VISIT by Margaret Thrower and the Royal Horticultural Society judges is featured in the August report by Alderman Doug Butterill (Chairman) to the Nantwich in Bloom committee. But he also highlights the downside of keeping the town blooming.











North West in Bloom judge, Margaret Thrower (left), was in town on Thursday, July 24, looking at the entries of shops, pubs and other businesses. She took time out to look at one of the planters by St Mary's Parish Church. As it was the work of the Nantwich in Bloom Committee it wasn't one of the entries. She is pictured with Jean Hallam and David Smith, members of the committee, who escorted her around town. Margaret is the daughter of the late Percy Thrower, the television gardening expert.











PHEW what a month!

  My thanks to all concerned with helping out at Tatton flower show, then the judging with Margaret Thrower, the RHS Judging and the award presentation. All this on top of dead-heading, litter-picking and all we've done to make Nantwich look great.

   The various judges will, of course, make their decisions but we can be proud of all we have done or been part of.


THE railway station is now one that we can be proud to call "Nantwich Station". I am pleased to say that in the Best Kept Station in Cheshire competition we have been nominated for the final judging!

   The Cocoa Yard has shown what can be achieved with various groups all pulling together and making that extra effort.


THE new planters in Church Walk (see picture below) and in front of the Church are much admired, as is the town centre bed which we will now enter for the RHS Best Flower Bed competition.     



   The Borough's contribution has been great and, as usual, their co-operation has been superb.  The input from the business and community sections and help from all the schools not only make Nantwich look so good, but show that it has a heart! 


OUR Riverside, perhaps not as appreciated as much as it should be, is a jewel. I was delighted to hear the Cheshire Community Council judges say this area is as important as Queen's Park and should get equal funding! 

THE awards presentation evening (for local businesses, etc) was an outstanding success and I and others have received many accolades.


HOWEVER, there are always some downsides. I was very disappointed to see that Natwest Bank did not care enough to look after two small planters. To me, this is a very sad reflection on that establishment. They just don't seem to care.

   Someone - or more than one person - has been

jumping about in our town centre flower bed! I'm


grateful to David Hinde for helping me to try to restore it.


THE newly-relaid path from the Bowling Green car park is looking great. Let's hope the contractors have got it right this time.


WITH the imminent introduction of a new Council (for East Cheshire) and the understandable uncertainty this will bring, I believe we as a group should say: "Whatever happens we will try to do our best for our town."


I HAVE just heard of the death of Ron Jones. Ron used to keep the Lamb Hotel (in Hospital Street; now Chatterton House) and their floral displays helped them win the "Best Blooming Pub" competition on many occasions.


FOOTNOTE: Nantwich is the only town in Cheshire to be in the Britain in Bloom finals. The national results will be announced on September 24 and those of the North West on October 7.










BRITAIN in Bloom (RHS) judges - seen here in Church Walk - visited Nantwich on Wednesday, August 6, to see the town's efforts in the competition.

   Left to right are: Alderman Doug Butterill, Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom Committee; Mark Hulme, Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council groundsman; Charlie Griffies, Borough Deputy Parks Manager; David Smith,

Jean Hallam, and Janet Marks, all Nantwich in Bloom; Jon Wheatley and John Woodward, Royal Horticultural Society judges, and Connie Jones, Nantwich in Bloom.

   The results of the competition will be known in September and October.

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