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Council announces two ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ competitions

Posted on Monday 1st April 2013 at 11:38 am by SH (Editor)

Competitions being held for Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2013.

Bradley Stoke Town Council, which last year set a target of winning a ‘Britain in Bloom’ prize for the town within the next five years, has announced two competitions intended to raise awareness of the project.

Residents can enter a Sunflower Growing Competition by collecting a sunflower seed from the town council office (at the Jubilee Centre) and completing a registration form. Judging will take place in September.

For those proud of their horticultural achievements, there will also be a Front Garden Award, to be judged over the summer. Residents can either nominate themselves or a neighbour.

The two competitions were agreed at the second open public meeting called to discuss the ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ project, held on 19th March.

Bradley Stoke in Bloom meeting on 16th April 2013.

Organisations that have shown support by attending the first two meetings include the Friends of Jubilee Green (who will promote the Sunflower Growing Competition at their community events), Southern Brooks Community Partnership, Sow and Sows Allotment Group and the Bradley Stoke Townswomen’s Guild.

The next open public meeting for the ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ project takes place at the Jubilee Centre on Tuesday 16th April (7:30pm start), when two guest speakers from the ‘Yate & Dodington in Bloom’ will attend to offer guidance. Everyone thinking of attending is encouraged to “bring a friend” and also invite neighbours who have good gardens.

Supporters of the project are also planning to generate interest by running a ‘Britain in Bloom’ stall at  the Bradley Stoke Community Festival in June.

The town council’s initiative follows the publication of a letter on he Bradley Stoke Journal website in April 2011, in which a resident bemoaned the lack of flowers/plant life in residential areas of the town.

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Council invites residents to Britain in Bloom start-up meeting

Posted on Monday 18th February 2013 at 9:03 am by SH (Editor)

Britain in Bloom meeting in Bradley Stoke.Residents interested in becoming involved in a project to brighten up Bradley Stoke are being asked to attend a meeting this Tuesday (19th February), where the town’s proposed entry into the Britain in Bloom competition will be discussed.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has called the meeting after agreeing to make a budget of £14,000 available for the project, a sum reduced from the £18,000 originally announced last year.

The move follows the publication of a reader letter in The Journal in April 2011, in which a resident complained of the lack of flowers around Bradley Stoke and called on the community to get together to brighten the town up.

Cllrs Robert Jones and Elaine Hardwick have agreed to take the lead roles in organising the town’s entry into the competition.

In a discussion on the matter at the September 2012 Full Council meeting, Cllr Jones said:

“We have talked a lot about this in the past but have come up against a brick wall when we’ve asked South Gloucestershire Council to help.”

“Lots of other parish/town Councils have managed to do something. We should be looking to enter [the competition] and win our category within five years.”

Councillors say they hope that the project will eventually become self-financing, with Cllr Hardwick suggesting that local companies could be approached for sponsorship.

Bradley Stoke has a stiff task ahead if it wishes to compete with the neighbouring town of Thornbury, which was last year crowned Britain in Bloom ‘Champion of Champions’ by the Royal Horticultural Society.

However, Thornbury’s chances of retaining its crown could be affected by drastic cuts being considered by South Gloucestershire Council, which could see the complete withdrawal of a £328,000 budget spent annually on areas of streetcare that include the provision of flower displays, hanging baskets and shrub beds.

Tuesday’s meeting takes place at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road [BS32 8HL], at 7:30pm.

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Bradley Stoke aiming to win Britain in Bloom within five years

Posted on Monday 3rd December 2012 at 11:12 am by SH (Editor)

Great Stoke Roundabout, Bradley Stoke.

Town Councillors keen to see Bradley Stoke enter the Britain in Bloom competition have set aside a budget £18,000 to drive the project forward.

The move follows the publication of a reader letter in The Journal in April 2011, in which a resident complained of the lack of flowers around Bradley Stoke and called on the community to get together to brighten the town up.

The Town Council has now responded by transferring £10,000 previously earmarked for ’roundabout enhancement’ to a new ‘Britain in Bloom’ budget and supplementing it with £8,000 transferred from the £10,000 previously reserved for ‘allotment provision’.

In a discussion on the matter at the September Full Council meeting, former Mayor Cllr Robert Jones  said:

“We have talked a lot about this in the past but have come up against a brick wall when we’ve asked South Gloucestershire Council to help.”

“Lots of other parish/town Councils have managed to do something. We should be looking to enter [the competition] and win our category within five years.”

Having assigned the budget, plans are now being made to get the project off the ground in the New Year. Last week’s meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee unanimously agreed to a suggestion from Cllr Jones that “an open public meeting be arranged for February 2013 to gauge support for the Britain in Bloom competition”.

Cllr Jones and Cllr Elaine Hardwick will take the lead roles in organising Bradley Stoke’s entry into the competition.

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