Results and overall winner of Mendip in Bloom
WELLS has been declared the best town in this year’s Mendip in Bloom competition.
The city also boasted many individual winners including the Britannia Inn which took the Owen Pippard rose bowl for best town licensed premises; the National Trust shop won the challenge trophy for best commercial premises and the town hall was declared the best public building.
Glastonbury’s St Margaret’s Chapel and almshouses won the best community garden award and the Crispin Community Centre in Street, which entered individually as there is no in bloom organisation in the village, was chosen by in bloom president Christine Potter as her overall winner.
Winner of the Mendip in Bloom Photographic Competition was Natasha Welch, of Cornwall Road, Shepton Mallet. Runner-up was 14-year-old Holly Wrench from Carlton Mews, Wells.
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Chairman Alan Gloak welcomed everyone to Friday’s awards ceremony. He said: “Alas this year we still have no representatives from either Street or Shepton Mallet, but I still hope that they get their in bloom committees sorted out for 2014.
“However Wells, Frome and Glastonbury came together once again to hold the 2013 Mendip in Bloom competition.”
Mr Gloak was presiding at his last awards event and there are fears that there may be no more Mendip in Bloom competitions because both Mrs Potter, of Frome, and Mr Gloak are standing down.
In a joint statement read by Mrs Potter, they said: “We have both been involved with Mendip in Bloom for many years, for me it’s 21 years and for Alan it’s 18 years.
“When the district council ceased to run the competition we became an independent group reliant on our excellent sponsors and judges to whom we are extremely grateful.
“Representation on this group has gradually diminished and these last two years Alan and I have continued the competition more or less on our own.
“As you may remember last year I retired yet here I am again and why? Because there was no-one else to do it.
“I realise that everyone leads very busy lives. Alan and I also have busy lives outside Mendip in Bloom.
“However sadly this is the end for us both. We have decided to call it a day. Thank you all for your support in entering the competition and making the job so pleasurable.
“I would like to thank Alan for his support during our time together.”
If anyone is interested in helping out with Mendip in Bloom they can find out more by contacting Mrs Potter at email@example.com.