The 2017 Newbury in Bloom Presentation evening took place at the Corn Exchange, Newbury on 19 September 2017. The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr David Fenn, together with the sponsors presented the awards to the very deserving winners. There were a total of 39 entries received from local businesses, schools, almshouses, places of worship and allotments. All entrants were invited to attend on the evening and were presented with certificates for participating.
The winners were presented with a trophy, beautifully handcrafted and engraved by local Wood turner, Alan Hulford, together with a certificate and a prize from the sponsors for each category.
The winners and runners up were as follows:
Business – sponsored by Sundog Maintenance
Winner - The Newbury Pub
Joint Runners up – Weavers Walk and Naomi House & Jacksplace
Almshouses – sponsored by Volker Highways
Winner – Kimbers Almshouses
Runner up – Lower Raymond Almshouses
Schools – sponsored by Rivar Sand & Gravel Ltd
Winner – St John the Evangelist Infant and Nursery School
Joint Runners up – Falkland Primary School & St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Community Projects – sponsored by Volker Highways
Winner – New Leaf Horticultural Therapy
Runner up – Carnarvon Place Gardening Club
Places of Worship – sponsored by Sundog Hire
Winner – St Nicolas Church
Runner up – St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
Allotments – sponsored by Mole Country Stores
Winner – Jo Dobson, West Mills Allotments
Joint Runners up – Stanley Plumb, Wash Common Allotments & John Berry, West Mills Allotments
Councillor Sarah Greenall, Chair of the Working Group driving the campaign, said, “This is now our second year since renewing the campaign. This year we have added some categories and increased our entries. We are so pleased that we have had so many enthusiastic entries and the standard was fabulous. It was very hard to choose the winners as everyone did such a great job”.
Cllr Greenall continued, “I would like to congratulate everyone and thank the Corn Exchange, Newbury and Tesco Bags of Help together with all of the sponsors for their invaluable support in making this year’s campaign such a success.”