The Waddicar part of Melling Parish is looking lovely with Waddicar Lane being bedecked with summer flowers.
I represented Melling on Sefton Council for 12 years so still have an attachment to the area. Here’s some shots I took today of the work of the Melling in Bloom Volunteers:-
Following my decision not to stand for Maghull Town Council again (after 30 consecutive years of membership) and the fact that the electorate invited me to vacate my Sefton Council seat representing the western side of Maghull 3 weeks ago an important and rather sad consequential move was brought about.
The move? To resign my chairmanship of the Maghull in Bloom Steering Group.
More than anything this was the role that I had enjoyed doing over the past few years as a councillor. Indeed, I think it fair to say that I found the experience one of the post rewarding activities I have ever been involved with. You see working with volunteers who simply want to improve the environment of Maghull and make it a better, cleaner and nicer place to live is very uplifting. No political side, no egos, nothing but those volunteers wanting to put Maghull first.
Volunteer ‘Bloomers’ get their just rewards.
The Steering Group came out of an invitation to me from the volunteers a few years back to set one up. The problem had been bringing all the oganisations and bodies together so that progress could be made on ‘In Bloom’ projects. We ended up involving Maghull Station Volunteers, Melling in Bloom, Maghull in Bloom, Maghull Town Council, Sefton Borough Council, Ashworth Hospital, Kennet Prison, MADCOS (Maghull & District Cluster of Schools) and Sefton CVS to name just a few of the regular participants at our monthly meetings.
I like to think that the coming together each month of everyone who wanted to push the environmental agenda forward for Maghull worked and I really do hope that another Maghull Councillor will come forward to take the Group on to even greater success.
All I did was try to get people and organisations pulling in the same direction the work, as always, was done by the dedicated volunteers.
So sad to have to let this job of a lifetime go but having moved to Lydiate and not having any councillor responsibilities for Maghull any more the time had come to move on. I will really miss those monthly meetings and the great people who made them so enjoyable.
Today is judging day for for the hard working volunteers of Maghull in Bloom, Maghull Station Volunteers and indeed Melling in Bloom. A year of dedicated work will be looked at, commented upon and rated by judges from North West in Bloom.
Usually, these volunteer groups do very well indeed and I hope 2014 will be another successful year.
As I have said before working with the In Bloom volunteers is a delight. My small contribution is to chair their monthly steering group meetings and help them out whenever I can.
Here are 4 photo’s of work that has been inspired by the volunteers around Meadows Leisure Centre. It must bring a feeling of great pride in Maghull from all who see it:-
Fruit Meadows plants in KGV Park. When fully grown locals will be able to pick the fruit.
The interpretation Board at the Fruit Meadows.
Spectacular hanging baskets on Meadows Leisure Centre.
Even the car park at Meadows is in bloom.
The 2013 awards for North West in Bloom were held in Southport yesterday and today and they saw a number of success for Sefton’s diverse communities. Yesterday’s awards, which I was not at, saw Maghull Station Volunteers take two more awards. They are going to need a bigger trophy cabinet if they keep on winning as they have been in recent times under the determined leadership of Nigel Winchester.
Today I was at the second awards ceremony and the prizes kept rolling in for Sefton communities. Have a look at my photos below.
Of all the things I do and have done as councillor working with ‘In Bloom’ volunteers will always be one of my most rewarding activities. Their determination to improve their communities is inspiring.
Southport winners with Sefton’s Mayor Cllr. Maureen Fearn
Certificate won by Crosby & Waterloo in Bloom
The Crosby winners with Mayor Maureen Fearn
Cup won by Southport in Bloom
Southport won a another prize as well!
John and Anne Hill of Maghull in Bloom – middle and right in photo. They collected a Silver/Gilt award in the Large Town category for Maghull
Doreen Scott (left of Mayor) of Melling in Bloom picked up an award in the Small Village category for Melling