Upton in Bloom



Forthcoming Events
Regular   Working parties every 2nd Monday, meeting at 2pm in locations to be advised
    Working parties every 4th Saturday, meeting at 2pm in locations to be advised
    100 Club winners
    RHS Britain in Bloom Judging Guidelines


17th   Upton Traders Christmas Fayre
    Memorial Tree names
30th   Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette - Diamond Jubilee Rose Bed
14th   We are planting 60 rose bushes, named 'Diamond Jubilee' as a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.
13th   At our AGM Jackie Surtees was re-elected Chairman, Simon Wilkinson Treasurer and Andrea Oliver Secretary.
25th   RHS Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony in St Andrews, Scotland
16th   Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette
15th   Heart of England in Bloom Award Ceremony in Wolverhampton
8th   We moved the troughs from the bridge to the Kings Head River Terrace in preparation for the bridge painting
8th   A rather nice picture of our displays on the Old Bridge Abutment has been added to the Geograph website.
5th   Pictures of the RHS Britain in Bloom judging from Peter & Peggy Booth
4th   Floral Displays

RHS Britain in Bloom judging went well. The judges, John Woodward and Mel Henley, were picked up from Bristol Airport and arrived in Upton at about 3.40pm, in plenty of time for the 4pm start. Brian Williams, Jackie Surtees and the Mayor Cllr Andrea Morgan welcomed them with coffee and a presentation showing Upton in Bloom's year of work and fundraising took place in the Kings Head and they were then taken on a tour of the town, atarting with the riverside.

At various points during the tour John and Mel were introduced to members of the Committee and members of the public and they really appreciated the enthusiasm with which they were greeted. We showed them the Recycling Centre, and they were very impressed with the 66% recycling achieved over the last 12 months and also the range of items that are recycled. They walked through the new Riverboats Children's Centre to the Primary School playing field and saw all the plastic bottles collected for the greenhouse. Thanks to Hannah and her Mum who were there to say hello and show them them the Big Green Eco Club raised beds.

The Cemetery, Chapel and allotments were much admired. Berrow Court looked immaculate as always, and Enid Loynes told John & Mel about the Ham. A walk down Fisherman's Alley took us to the riverside and thence to see Mr Bill & Mrs Lizzie in Barbara Hartley's garden in Dunns Lane. The tour finished with a walk along Waterside to Bridge House, and then to the Old Churchyard. Members of the Royal British Legion and volunteers were waiting to greet them, and The Bones were playing & singing with gusto.

After talking to the Malvern Gazette, John & Mel were taken to Great Malvern station to catch a train to Swansea at the end of what must have been a very long day for them - starting with judging at 8am in Jersey.

Thanks to Claire & Grahame Bunn for the welcome in the Kings Head; Peter Booth for organising the welcome on the Old Churchyard; Sarah Walton for opening the Riverboats Children's Centre; Hannah and her Mum; Peter & Linda and residents of Berrow Court; Enid Loynes; Bill Hawkes; Rowan, Kay & Mark - The Bones; the Royal British Legion; the Malvern Gazette; Betty Williams for giving us the front page of the Upton News, which was presented to John & Mel; the Mayor, and all our volunteers.

After judging, the Committee met at the Kings Head for a welcome glass of Pimms - thanks again Claire & Grahame!

1st   Working party meeting at the Old Churchyard at 10am to edge the footpaths and any necessary tidying
29th   Working party meeting at the riverside beds at 10am to edge footpaths and tidy
28th   Working party meeting at the Old Churchyard at 10am to wash bins and bollards, moving to riverside
26th   Working party meeting at the Cemetery Chapel at 10am to weed and tidy
25th   Working party. Meeting at Upton Primary School at 2pm to weed and tidy
24th   Local in Bloom results
6th   Novelty Garden competition - a Bucket Garden. The Heart of England in Bloom judges selected Claire Bunn as the winner of the 19 and over competition and Poppy Staite of the up to 11 years.
    Heart of England in Bloom judging.
2nd   Local in Bloom competition was judged by Duncan Coombs.
30th   Working party: 10am - spreading bark chippings on the beds opposite Panes Garage (subject to confirmation of delivery then)
27th   Working party: 10am - railings and bollards on the riverfront
24th   Baptist Church Flower Festival
23rd   Working party: Old Churchyard, 10am - litter bins and sign cleaning
20th   Working party: weeding Prices Lane/some of School Lane, 10am (to allow enthusiasts to watch Wimbledon in the afternoon!).
4th   Planting displays
26th   Last night we said farewell to Rosemary Webb as a Committee member. Rosemary decided it was time to retire due to issues of health. She joined us many years ago and was a valuable member throughout her time with us.
24th   A picture of wildflowers found over the last few years in the Wildflower Walk behind the Recycling Centre in Hanley Road car park. The flowers below the red line are ones we planted a couple of years ago but haven't yet shown themselves, unlike about five which have flowered for the first time this year.
    Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette
3rd   We are taking part in The Great British Elm Experiment. Having already decided to purchase two disease-resistant Elms, we found a lot of information on work being done to re-establish the Elms tree in the British countryside. The Experiment is being run by the Conservation Foundation. A 100 year old Elm tree in Bromsgrove.
1st   Folk Festival weekend and the Human Fruit Machine was in action again!
27th   Another boat move! The boat at Upton Marina was in a state of collapse so has been replaced with a new boat donated by Mrs Lawley of Hill End. Morrison Construction kindly collected the boat for us and brought it to the Marina. Colin Smith did some surgery on it, and a lot of volunteers helped empty the old boat, move it, put the new boat in place and refill it with the compost and plants. Almost two months with negligible rain means that the compost is like dust, so the plants may not survive. Our thanks to all the volunteers, Colin, Rowan Thomas & Brian Williams. The boat will be painted before Summer planting! Pictures
23rd   Giant Easter Egg Draw. The egg was won by Mr Chris Taylor.
The Cromwells Chocolates egg was been kindly donated by Upton Newsagents
16th   Table Top Sale in the Memorial Hall. Tables £5. Ring Sylvia Dawson on 01684 593904 to book a table.
26th   Emptying and moving the troughs and boat.
19th   Table Top Sale in the Memorial Hall.
14th   2pm Moving plants from troughs on Minge Lane/Old Street corner and boat at the end of the Old Road (opposite the Fire Station to Old Churchyard bed in advance of moving the containers due to WCC Highways work for the flood defences. Alos planting RHS Britain in Bloom trees along the fence at the Surgery. Volunteers very welcome!
2nd   We laid paving stones on the bed in the Old Churchyard
1st   100 Club first draw and winners
29th   We planted Black Poplar trees
24th   Upton in Bloom in the Worcester News
21st   Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette
8th   We planted bulbs received from Webbs of Wychbold.


18th   The Memorial Tree names
    Our Christmas Draw was won by Angela Conway, of No 24 Old Street.
10th   Calendar page
9th   Information on our 100 Club & application form
27th   Our Human Fruit Machine at the Victorian Christmas Market
20th   Table Top Sale in the Memorial Hall.
18th   Pudding Evening in the Tudor House Museum. Including the first appearance of The Pudding Shop's Upton Pudding.
13th   Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette
11th   Over the last few weeks we have been clearing displays & beds of geraniums and begonias. The geraniums are in storage for the winter, and the begonia corms have been cleaned and will be stored in Twning before being started into growth in the spring.
28th   Our Awards in shop windows
23rd   Working party meeting at both Tunnel Hill displays or the roundabout beds to lift geraniums for storage. 2pm.
20th   Can you save 2 litre plastic bottles please. We need them to help Upton Primary School build a plastic bottle greenhouse. When you have a few, please leave them in a plastic bag, having washed them and removed any labels, either with me or at the Primary School. Thanks!
19th   Upton in Bloom in the Worcester News
14th   We welcomed three new members to our Committee last night. Plans for our entry to Britain in Bloom and the Heart of England in Bloom were discussed and several fundraising events discussed.
13th   Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette
7th   Annual General Meeting. At a well attended meeting, Jackie Surtees was elected Chairman, and Simon Wilkinson Treasurer. Existing members of the Committee agreed to keep Upton in Bloom going for another year and enter the Heart of England in Bloom 2011. The nomination for the RHS Britain in Bloom 2011 will be accepted. The Chairman's Report was read out. Our first meeting for the 2011 season will be at the White Lion Hotel on Wednesday 13th October at 7.00pm. If you would like to join the Committee, or become a Friend of Upton in Bloom, please feel free to attend.

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Pictures © Jackie Surtees