Keynsham shines for In Bloom judges' visit days before theft

Published on: 07 Aug 2015

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Volunteers across Keynsham who have been creating floral displays, trimming grass and hedges, collecting litter, and tending their gardens to get the town ready for its South West in Bloom inspection can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Judges from the organisation visited the town on Friday, July 10, to take a tour and assess the standard of Keynsham’s entry in the regional contest.

Terry Porter and Lesley Jelleyman were welcomed by members of the Keynsham in Bloom committee at St Dunstan’s Church Community Gardens before climbing aboard a Keynsham Dial-a-Ride bus to visit the Memorial Park, High Street, Manor Road Wildflower Patch, Wellsway School, Scout HQ, Keynsham Allotments and more.

The tour ended at Keynsham Bowling Club for an exhibition on the projects across the town and lunch with the Keynsham in Bloom committee and supporters from across the community. The committee was also presented with a donation of £330 from Waitrose’s Community Matters initiative.

The committee’s efforts to brighten up Keynsham as well as impress the judges were marred several days later, however, by the theft of knitted flowers created by volunteers to decorate the roadside railings on Bath Hill near the entrance to the Memorial Park.

Around half of the display disappeared over the weekend of July 18-19 to the disappointment of the Keynsham in Bloom group and many residents, who took to Keynsham Town Council’s Facebook to share their views.

A post by the council revealing the theft had 22,300 hits as well as more than 80 comments in support of the group’s efforts.

KIB chairman Denise James said:  “We are a resident-led community group trying to make Keynsham a nicer place to live and work not only for us but also for those selfish people that seem to think it's funny to destroy other people’s efforts. We also had newly planted up containers tipped over last week along the High Street.”

Anyone with information can contact Keynsham Town Council on 0117 986 8683.

The South West in Bloom results will be revealed in September, with a presentation on September 24 at Dartmouth Naval College. A presentation for the winners of the town’s own Keynsham in Bloom competition will be held on September 29.

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