Melling in Bloom

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:-

Maghull – In Bloom volunteers strike gold again at awards ceremony

Maghull was awarded another Gold at the North West in Bloom awards ceremony, held recently in Southport which was attended by hundreds of volunteers from all over the North West.

The award winning work of the Maghull Station Volunteers on display at Maghull Station.

The award winning work of the Maghull Station Volunteers on display at Maghull Station.

This is the fourth time in 6 years that the town has received a prestigious gold award in the large town category.

While this award recognises the efforts of both Maghull in Bloom and the Station Volunteers, it also takes account of the work of other organisations and groups that help brighten up the town with colourful displays.

Flowering barrier planters at Maghull Square help smarten up the down at heel shopping centre.

Flowering barrier planters at Maghull Square help smarten up the down at heel shopping centre.

The Maghull in Bloom Volunteers also won 5 Neighbourhood Awards

Station Road – Level 5 Outstanding – This included the displays at the Station and Mogul pub as well as Tree View Court

Central Square – Level 4 Thriving

Maghull Leisure Centre Car Park and Courtyard – Level 4 Thriving

Maghull Fruit Meadow – Level 4 Thriving

Canal Litterpickers – Level 4 Thriving

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station

The Station Volunteers also won Best Station in the region again as well as an outstanding Neighbourhood Award.

A circular prize winning flower planter on Maghull's Westway.

A circular prize winning flower planter on Maghull’s Westway.

Congratulations to all those who have helped out over the past year and lets hope that we can repeat this success next year.

Maghull in Bloom – Going potty or is that going to pot?

Now being involved with ‘In Bloom’ means you learn things you did not know before, especially in my case.

Gardening to me has always been about cutting grass and hedges and that’s about it folks.

Last week I was taught how to pot up all kinds of plants, most of which I don’t recall the names off. We worked for 2 hours, about a dozen of us, and it is amazing how much potting up can be done amongst so many people in a couple of hours.

Here’s a photo of the In Bloomers going potty:-

3 volunteers potting up

3 volunteers potting up

Having been involved in Maghull in Bloom as a councillor it is now great fun to be one of their volunteers.

Maghull in Bloom – Day of Judgement for 2015

Sheila and I went along to the excellent end of judging party of the Maghull in Bloom and Maghull Station Volunteers this afternoon.

Beautiful barrier baskets on Westway.

Beautiful barrier baskets on Westway.

No one but the North West in Bloom judges know how well Maghull performed this year, as the results will not be published until the autumn, but there is no doubt that the growing band of ‘bloomers’ have been pulling out all the stops they can to improve Maghull and its railway station.

A blooming Maghull Station

A blooming Maghull Station

Having spent many years as a Maghull councillor working with the volunteers I now find myself (with Sheila) as one of their volunteers and I hope that volunteering will be just as enjoyable as helping them as a councillor.

Maghull – Two ‘In-Bloomers’ get Civic Award – £6,000 for Woodlands Charity

Thursday evening last saw Maghull Town Council run its annual Civic Awards night and a good time was had by all.

The evening started off with Maghull’s Mayor, Joan Deegan, presenting Woodlands Hospice with a cheque for £6,000 from her fund raising activities.

This year the winners of the Civic Award were husband and wife team Anne and John Hill who do a great deal for Maghull in Bloom.

I have known this dynamic pair for a number of years so was delighted to both nominate them for the award and to hear that my fellow councillors had supported the nomination. In accepting the award from the Town Mayor Joan Deegan John Hill said that they saw it as an award for all the Maghull in Bloom volunteers. He is of course right as it is team work that brings success year upon year for this excellent community group.

They are pictured her left to right – Madeleine & John Harrison, Doreen Prescott, John and Anne Hill – celebrating with fellow In Bloomer Volunteers.

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And the Maghull volunteers also won a gold medal at the North West in Bloom awards for 2014!