Frome in Bloom contest proves a record breaker
A PACKED Christ Church parish hall played host to this year's annual floral contest presentation – with some blooming marvellous results.
Green-fingered geniuses rose to the occasion and ensured this year's floral display in Frome was of a high calibre for the Frome in Bloom competition.
There were a record-breaking 126 entries, the most the competition has ever seen and the event was this year compered by one of the leading lights in Frome amateur dramatics, Humphrey Barnes, who was accompanied by his wife, Gill.
The tropical weather seemed popular with the thousands of flowers, plants, vegetables, hanging baskets and displays around Frome.
Rewards for the hours of blood, sweat and occasional tears were presented to gardeners at the annual award presentation of trophies, cups and certificates.
The winner of the Frome Standard-sponsored sunflower competition was Hayesdown First School and there were trophies for the best gardens in local schools or colleges which this year was won by Farleigh Further Education College, in North Parade.
Some of the winners on the night were The George Hotel, for its amazing hanging baskets and floral display, St Louis School and Vallis First School, in the best allotments section, the Mount Community Association for it's community garden, the Westway Precinct for best business area, St Johns First School for the best school garden and JR Hardings and Sons, for best large business.
Frome in Bloom chairman, Ray Carver, said he was delighted with how the competition had progressed this year.
He said: "We were very pleased with the exceptionally high standard of entries we received this year and hope it continues in years to come.
"The children's entries were of a high standard and we have recorded a record-breaking year for entries.
"The only negative is the people who attend the presentation evening, despite the hall being packed to the rafters on the night, there is a lot of individuals and organisations that don't come along to pick up their awards, which is a real shame.
"We would also encourage more cafes, pubs and restaurants to enter, there were none this year and that is surprising seeing the amount of eateries in the town.
"I would like to thank all the entrants and sponsors and the hard working committee, who make the competition such a huge success.
"I would also like to thank out hugely popular compere for the evening, Humphrey Barnes, who presented the prizes and kept the audience entertained."