South West in Bloom judging for Beer

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:42 18 June 2010

THE South West in Bloom judging took place in Beer this week. Judges, Michael Foy and Lindsay Evans, were given a grand tour of the village by Ursula Makepeace and Kathy Boorman, of Beer Horticultural Society (BHS). Among the locations visited was the new

THE South West in Bloom judging took place in Beer this week.

Judges, Michael Foy and Lindsay Evans, were given a grand tour of the village by Ursula Makepeace and Kathy Boorman, of Beer Horticultural Society (BHS).

Among the locations visited was the newly transformed triangle plot near Pigs Path, Fore Street, the flower festival at St Michael's Church, Beer primary School, Puffins pre-school and Pecorama.

On the tour the judges were extremely complimentary about the little gardens of Marjorie Stear, George Hoare and June Giles, at Barnard's Farm.

And they were also suitably impressed with the flower festival, which this year fortunately coincided with the judging.

Mr Foy, who has been involved in South West in Bloom for 30 years, named the floral anchor display outside of St Michael's the 'Blue Anchor' in relation to the lobelia.

Speaking to the Herald Mr Foy said judging is 'not just about flowers' and the general atmosphere of the village is extremely important.

He said: "First of all it's about involving the community to make a pleasant environment to live in, and people working together. It's also about being carbon reduced and recycling.

"It looks as if good things are being done in Beer."

Following the judging Mrs Makepeace, chairman of BHS, said: "It went very well. Mr Foy said Beer was a model village as far as community spirit is concerned."

The results for South West in Bloom will be announced in mid September at a presentation ceremony in Yeovil.

The next events for BHS will take place in August. The Horticultural Society's bingo evening will be held on Monday, August 3 in the Mariners Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm.

A coffee morning will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 10am-12noon outside the Mariners Hall.

And the annual flower show will be held on Thursday, August 6. This will also be held in the Mariners Hall and begins at 2.30pm. Cups will be awarded at 4pm.

Henry and Norah Jaggers have kindly donated an allotment shield to be awarded to the entry with the highest number of points in the vegetable classes.


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