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Bleadon Parish Council Wins Awards

Posted on 17th November, 2019


Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) has won awards for its Bleadon in Bloom Project as announced in last week's published minutes. (Cllr) Hemmingway, (Cllr) Sharman, Rose Benjamin, (Cllr) Scaribrick and Cllr Williams also appeared in the Weston Mercury.

"Cllr Hemingway gave an update about Bleadon in Bloom saying that Bleadon had won a trophy for the Best Blue Campaign as well as the Britain (South West) in Bloom's Silver Guilt award. Members thanked Cllr Hemingway and all of the Bleadon in Bloom volunteers for all of their hard work and for making the village look lovely. It was RESOLVED that: the Clerk seek permission from the Hall Management Committee to display the trophy and certificates in the Coronation Hall" (14 Oct 19 Min 327.9

This project has cost in the order of £8K, with around £2.5K from resident precept/BPC reserves, the remainder from donations or volunteer time. In September Bleadon Parish Council also funded its project leader, Cllr Hemingway, to attend the awards ceremony in Newquay, Cornwall, where the Council was presented the following awards (09 Sept 19 Min 326.25):

Bleadon's District Councillor, Cllr Porter of Hutton & Locking Ward, is a South West in Bloom judge and was quoted in North Somerset Times (17 Nov 19): 

"A lot of places are doing this. It's amazing to see. The biggest issue will be people saying the council isn't doing its job. That's why the Blue Heart campaign came about, to say it's for environmental reasons."

Now that BPC has won these awards for the "village", residents look forward to the council's project group tackling some of the wider long standing parish environmental issues, although the project's next steps still appear to be village focussed.


The littered overgrown and now slippery A370 pavement is awaiting feedback and resolution from NSC since last December 2018. Or will this take a tragedy as seen elsewhere in North Somerset for this to be resolved? Also, the overgrown Public Rights of Way as legally maintained (or re-wilded) by NSC and landowners, as recently raised by residents this summer. Or perhaps these are waiting on NSC CIL payments from housing developers? 



-- NOTE:

"Pennant Class (copied from South West in Bloom website)

For those entries new to Bloom, some groups prefer to start off with entry our Pennant Classes. These were first trialed(sic) in 2013 and due to their success we have continued with the pennant scheme, with great success and with groups progressing up to the main competiton(sic). Entry is free for all 'new entries', there is no portfolio required. As with main entries there is 1/4 hr for press and 1/4 for a presentation (if entries wish to do one). For the village to small town catagory(sic) there is an additional 1.5 hrs and town to citties(sic) an additional 2.5 hrs for judging. The Pennant catagory(sic) is also aimed at Bloom groups that we may have lost over the years and is intended as a gentle step back into the main competition. The Pennant criteria is also more relaxed and there is less to meet, the awards and scoring are slightly different to reflect this. All new entrants will be provided with help and advice, we can also allocate them a mentor to give them some guidance in preparing their judging tour. Click here to download 2019 Pennant Marking Sheet, we have combined the marking criteria with the BID, Town Center(sic) & Urban catagory(sic) to reflect the changes in Bloom and to make it easier for the entrants to self assess.". Other awards can be found here.

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