Silver gilt for Morley Bloomers
MORLEY scooped six awards at the biggest Yorkshire in Bloom contest ever held.
More than 400 people attended the awards ceremony at York Race Course, including a delegation from Morley in Bloom and other community groups.
Morley in Bloom’s entry once again received a Silver Gilt Award but individual Gold awards for Newlands Methodist Church and Fountain Primary showed the town has what it takes to win the top award in the future.
Volunteer and Churwell councillor Janet Harrison also won a community champion award for her work for the group and Seigen Close got a “thriving” award, in effect a second place.
Coun Harrison, who is in her fifth year as an in bloom volunteer said: “It makes me very proud to have coordinated the winning groups, the CAG Volunteers, the enthusiastic local businesses and the wonderful lads at Dartmouth Park who have constructed the best floral display beds Morley has seen in years, this year.
“All these groups have contributed to make Morley’s bid in 2012 the strongest we have ever entered.”
She added: “It is a pleasure to work with such nice people who are enthusiastic about improving areas where they live or work.”
She said Morley in Bloom already had plans to include more community groups and has ordered more than 6,000 bulbs to add to the 6,000 they planted last year.
Yorkshire in Bloom judges praised Janet for being the “inspiration” and “driving force” behind the group and for juggling her commitments to Morley in Bloom and Churwell Action Group with running a full time business.
Coun June Dawe, who helps tend the garden at Newlands Methodist church, said they were delighted to get another gold award for the garden they started 10 years ago.
“We are thrilled to bits. This is our 11th Yorkshire or Leeds in Bloom award and we are running out of window ledges.”
She added: “The nicest moment came when one of the judges just stood in our garden and said he was gobsmacked, that lifted our spirits.”
The church received two awards, a gold award in the private and charitable establishments section and overall winner of the places of worship section.
Judges who visited Morley in the spring and in the summer said Morley looked “resplendent” in its patriotic red, white and blue colour scheme and complemented the many groups working together to make the town a better place.
They reserved special praise for Fountain Primary School, saying: “Fountain primary school was a joy to visit and is a perfect example of what can be achieved when the natural environment is embraced by education.”
They added: “The enthusiasm, commitment, passion and dedication of the Morley bloomers were wonderful to see and the judges have no doubt this great group will continue to go from strength to strength.”
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