Local Competition Results 2018

Wimborne in Bloom's Annual Prizegiving took place today, Saturday 22nd September at Allenbourn Middle School. It was just a week after the Regional Awards Ceremony at Brighton when the Town of Wimborne Minster had been awarded a Gold Medal for the fifth year in succession, also winning the Town Title and the County Award for most points across all entries in Dorset. Chairman, Richard Nunn expressed grateful thanks to all those who had helped Wimborne in Bloom to achieve such magnificent results.

School art and poetry category winners

Photo: The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb with the Schools Art and Poetry Competitions Winners together with Richard Nunn, Chairman, Wimborne in Bloom (back row left) and Susie Gatrell, Committee Member who co-ordinated the completions (back row right)

Once again the Prizegiving was split into two events, the first for the Schools Art and Poetry Competitions for which there was almost a full house and secondly the Main Wimborne in Bloom Competition including Art and Poetry for the Adults. The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb presented the prizes for both events. Local Nurseries and Garden Centres around the area provided garden vouchers to be spent at their centres for the Main Competition with Wimborne in Bloom supported by the Gin House and the Tap House funding the children’s prizes.

Adult category winners

Photo: The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb with the Adult Prizewinners and Richard Nunn, Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom (6th from left back row in turquoise jersey)

All prizewinners received a Certificate, these kindly produced and donated by Moose International, Winton and Wimborne Lodge with special thanks to Michael Randall for preparing them all. The main competition winners also received Trophies in the different categories.

Vouchers for this year's prizewinners were donated by the following Garden Centres/Nurseries and Traders in the Wimborne Area:

Main Competition

1. BEST SHOP Window Display to interpret- 'Wimborne Transport Through The Ages' (Trophy presented by Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade)
1 Friends of Victoria Hospital Charity Shop
=2 Present Company
=2 Gullivers Book Shop
HC Priest House Museum
HC Douch & Small
HC Red Cross Charity Shop
2. BEST OVERALL OUTSIDE DISPLAY – BUSINESS PREMISES
2a. Hotel, Guest House, Public House or Restaurant - within Town boundary (Trophy presented by The Daily Echo)
1 The Green Man (Kat & Scott)
2 The Riverside Cafe (Lisa Henton)
3 The Oddfellows Arms (Mari-Claire Parrin)
2b. Hotel, Guest House, Public House or Restaurant - Country District within 3 miles of Town (Trophy presented by Stewarts Nurseries)
1 The Stocks Inn (Drex & Sally Sibley)
2 The Horns Inn (Stephen Orr)
3 The Old Inn (Oliver Pickup & Connor Wiltshire-Hall)
2c. Business Premises (not entered in 2a or 2b) (Trophy presented by The Rising Sun)
1 Nicholas O'Hara
2 Douch & Small (Emma Regan)
3 Allendale Community Centre (Tanya Cripps)
3. BEST GARDEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WHERE AN ENTRANCE FEE IS PAID (Trophy presented by Cllr & Mrs Robin Cook Town Mayor & Mayoress 2006-2007)
1 Wimborne Model Town (Greg Hoar)
2 Priest House Museum and Garden (James Webb)
4. BEST CHURCH, CHURCHYARD OR MEMORIAL GARDEN (Trophy presented by Ruth Blaug)
1 The Minster Churchyard (Margaret Turner)
2 The Green Man Memorial Garden (Kat & Scott)
3 Wimborne United Reformed Church (Keith Dorling)
5. BEST SCHOOL GARDENS OR GROUNDS (Trophy presented by Anthony & Christine Oliver)
1 St John's First School (Katherine Anstey)
2 Wimborne First School (Sarah Hartley)
6. BEST FRONT GARDEN
6a. Annual, Perennial or Mixed (Trophy presented by Wimborne Town Lodge of Moose International, in memory of Alec Moore)
1 9 Pye Lane (Carole Crease)
=2 5 Hamilton Court (Karen Sherman)
=2 41 Grove Road (June Bealing)
=2 32 Greenhays Rise (Julia Cornborough)
HC 37 Wesley Road (Marilyn Osner)
6b. First-time Entry (Trophy presented by the Residents of Coppercourt Leaze)
1 20 Bankes Road (Hilary Wright)
=2 10 Victoria Place (Kim Armstrong)
=2 172A Leigh Road (Debbie Blackwell)
HC 2 Pye Lane (Paul & Jackie)
7. BEST BACK GARDEN (Trophy presented by Councillor Mrs. Ivy Ellis - Town Mayor 2002 - 2003)
1 7 Bourne Court (Roger Baker)
=2 6 Rowlands Hill (John & Carol Greening)
=2 31 West Borough (Susan Dibben)
=2 15 Cuthburga Road (Judith Hooper)
HC 32 Oakley Hill (Pamela Johnson)
8. BEST COMMUNAL GARDEN OR GROUP OF HOUSES INCLUDING RESIDENTIAL/NURSING HOMES (Trophy presented by East Boro Housing Trust)
1 Pye Lane Group of Houses (Carole Crease)
2 Allen Court Courtyard, East Borough, (Val Sims)
3 Webster Court, 4 Avenue Road (Diane Hopton)
9. PRIVATE DWELLING
9a. Best Hanging Basket (Trophy presented by Littlebanks Nursery)
1 41 Grove Road (June Bealing)
9b. Best Overall Display – Hanging and/or wall baskets, tubs or containers (Trophy presented by Joy Stride)
1 41 Grove Road (June Bealing)
2 16 Coppercourt Leaze (Barbara Maidment)
3 Moray Court area surrounding No.1. (Rosemary Willis)
10. BEST ALLOTMENT (Trophy presented by Brian & Val Baker)
1 Plot 36A Leaze site (Sue Wheeler)
2 Plot 49 Leaze site (Marion & Richard Burton)
3 Plot 65B Leaze site (Marion & Richard Burton)
11. BEST DISPLAY SURROUNDING A TOWN SIGN (Trophy presented by Millennium Mayor Cllr. Mrs Diann March)
1 The Tree Stump, Station Road (Keith Bartlett & Christine Oliver)
2 Victoria Road (Stella & Derek Foote)
=3 Leigh Road (John Burden)
=3 Julians Road (National Trust)

Art and Poetry Competitions

Some of the Art Competition winners

2018: Thu 28th June - The Wimborne in Bloom Art and Poetry Competitions have again received many excellent entries from all age groups and were of an exceptionally high standard giving the judges a challenging task in choosing the winners. The theme this year was 'Wimborne Transport Through the Ages'.

Wimborne in Bloom has been delighted with the continued and positive response from local schools. Entries were received from Wimborne First, St John's, Pamphill, Allenbourn and Queen Elizabeth's.

Photo shows some of the prizewinners with Richard Nunn (Chairmain Wimborne in Bloom) back left and Susie Gatrell (Secretaory Wimborne in Bloom) who co-ordinates the Art and Poetry competitions second row on the right.

The Children's Art Competition attracted over 400 entries. This year a local artist judged the children's work from Allenbourn and Queen Elizabeth's. The Town Mayor Councillor Mrs Kelly Webb judged the Primary Schools children's art. The Mayor commented on what a difficult task it was as there were so many talented young artists. The Primary Schools art is on display in Wimborne Library until Monday 16th July and the Middle and Senior Schools art is on display in The Minster until Monday 16th July.

The Adult Art Competition attracted a wide variety of interpretations on the theme with entrants using a range of media. These were judged by a local artist. Again entries are on display in The Minster until Monday 16th July.

The Children's Poetry Competition attracted over 50 entries and the Adult Poetry Competition was well supported. There were some very entertaining and creative entries. The judges commented that it was a pleasure to read them.

The Wimborne in Bloom Committee wishes to thank all entrants for the high standard of their work and for supporting these competitions, which, together with the support of sponsors, has made the competitions so successful over the years and continues to confirm the talent of Wimborne's artists and poets.

Sam & Joe's Challenge Bowl and the Civic Pride Award

Sam and Joes Challenge Bowl and Civic Pride Award recipients at Wimborne in Bloom social evening

2018: Wed 24th Oct - At this year's Wimborne in Bloom Social Evening presentations were made of the Sam & Joes Challenge Bowl - which was awarded to Geoff and Penny Savill for their much appreciated ongoing support of the in Bloom cause, and the Civic Pride Award was given to the Poet's Corner Group - Polly Addison-Lithgow, Robin Lithgow and David Emes (group member Phil Main was able to attend).