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Hethersett in Bloom 2007

Winners of the Hethersett in Bloom hanging baskets section was the Queen's Head Public House. On the left is part of the colourful patio area and above staff members Lorraine Chenery, Kris Koch and Donna Brown are pictured with two of the winning baskets.

Sprucing the village up and highlighting green issues are just two of the reasons that Hethersett holds an annual In Bloom competition. 

The contest is divided into four sections – gardens, hanging baskets, tubs and patios and is organised each year by Hethersett Parish Council in conjunction with the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). 

It all began in 2000 when parish councillor George Beckford bought four sacks of daffodils and, as the saying goes, from little daffodils mighty oak trees grow! 

The daffodils were planted by a number of volunteers along the B1172. HEAT was founded the following year and was adopted as a committee of the parish council. Since then thousands of additional bulbs have been planted in the village, alongside regular clean-ups and litter picks by all ages. 

Hethersett in Bloom stands alongside the village’s open gardens scheme and their entry in the Anglia in Bloom competition to make villagers aware of their environment and ways to improve it. As well as residents helping to improve the environment, the parish council also places hanging baskets at strategic points in the village. 

Staff and pupils at Old Hall School are joining in by digging out their own bed which they will shortly be planting. 

Results in the 2007 Hethersett in Bloom competition were as follows: Gardens – 1 Mrs Wade  Malthouse Close, 2 Mrs Wheeler Mill Road, 3 Mr Gross St David’s Road; Hanging Baskets – 1 Queen’s Head Public House, 2 Mrs Daniels Henstead Road, 3 King’s Head Public House; Tubs – 1 Mrs Wheeler, Mill Road; 2 Mr and Mrs Warnes, South Croft; 3 Mrs Woods Buckingham Drive. Patio – 1 Mrs Watts, Central Close; 2 Mrs Woods, Buckingham Drive; 3 Mrs Wheeler, Mill Road. 

This year’s open gardens event will take place on Sunday (1st July) from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission to the 13 open gardens is £2 for adults with children free. Proceeds from the event will go to local charities. Tickets are available in advance from Hethersett Library and the village charity shop. Tickets will be available on the day from the Village Hall car park or from individual gardens which will be marked by a scarecrow sign.  

 

  Hethersett in Bloom 2007 Presentation Evening

A special presentation evening for the 2007 competition was held in the village hall when certificates were presented to the winners and cheques presented to three local groups.

Chairman of Hethersett Parish Council, Charlotte Land, presented certificates to the top three in each category and paid tribute to all those taking part:

"I would like to thank all those who opened their gardens to the public who came from both within and outside the village. It gave the village a real chance to show itself off and enjoy itself," she said.

A cheque for £235 was presented to the Hethersett and District Aid in Sickness Fund and cheques for £115 each to the Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup and the Little Acorns Group.

This year's event raised a record £936.24. Some of this money will go to the work of the Hethersett Environmental Action Group (HEAT) for environmental improvements within the village.

The evening also featured a special presentation to former parish council chairman George Beckford to mark his outstanding contribution to environmental issues in the village. George is a leading light in the HEAT group.

 

Our montage below shows just some of the winners.

Top Row (left to right) - Mr John Gross (third in the gardens section); Charlotte land with Jill Wheeler who won the tubs section, came third in the patio section and second in the gardens section; Mrs Wade who won the gardens' section; Charlotte Land with Mrs Woods who came third in the tubs section and second in the patio.

Middle row (left to right) - Mr Warnes second in the tubs section, Charlotte land presenting cheques to the Hethersett and District Aid in Sickness group, to the Ducklings Playgroup and to Little Acorns.

Opposite - George Beckford with the presentation made to mark his outstanding contribution to environment issues in the village.