Kingston in Bloom 2013 winners - including a former tax official and schoolchildren - pick up their awards (From Surrey Comet)
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Kingston in Bloom 2013 winners - including a former tax official and schoolchildren - pick up their awards
The winners of Kingston in Bloom 2013, including a former tax official and a group of schoolchildren, received their awards last night.
Kingston Mayor Penny Shelton handed out prizes and awards at a ceremony in the Guildhall on Monday evening.
Janet Turnes, landlady of the Wych Elm pub for more than 30 years, won best blooming pub. She said: “It is about creating an attraction for passersby and a nice environment. Customers love it.”
Debbie Gilmore, a teaching assistant at Grand Avenue Primary School, said: “We have had allotments at the school for the fourth year. All year groups have two allotment spaces. It is good for them to know where food comes from.”
Pupil Alice Clarke, 11, from Berrylands, said: “It is quite fun and I like getting in the dirt and getting a bit messy.”
Aimee Moorhouse, 10, said: “At home I haven’t got a garden but at school it is nice because you can do it.” But she admitted: “I don’t like vegetables.”
Chandra Ananthacumarasamy, a former tax official, who also won best front garden in 2004, said: “The garden means peace and tranquillity to me, colour and also nice birds.”
This year’s organiser Sarah Partridge Finucane thanked John Lewis, Cappagh, Radio Jackie and the Surrey Comet for backing the awards and giving out prizes.
She said of this year’s competition: “When you see the joy it does bring to other people and to see their efforts being recognised is great.”
Joyce Lodde, 90, who volunteers at Age Concern’s Raleigh House received the Mary Rollinson Community Garden award in memory of the winner of the award in 2011.
She said: “It is absolutely wonderful. The garden gives a great deal of pleasure to the members.
“There’s over 100 plants there. The centre manager says ‘fewer plants Joyce!’”
Graham, Mary Rollinson’s widower, said: “I’m glad for Joyce. She worked so hard on the garden.”
• Best Front Garden – Mrs Chandra Ananthacumarasamy of Parkside Crescent • Best Public Building – David Freeman of St Pauls Church, Hook • Best School – Debbie Gilmore and her pupils at Grand Avenue Primary School • Best Hanging Baskets – Mary Graham and Jan Mahon on a houseboat on the Thames • Best Blooming Pub – Janet and Carlos Turnes of the Wych Elm pub in Kingston • Mary Rollinson Community Garden - Joyce Lodde, Cathy Weight and Margaret Tomkins at Raleigh House
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