Hottest day of the year for Marlborough in Bloom judging

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

Judges Kim Parish and Tim Elley stand beside Mayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton, Mayoress Susan Barrett-Morton and MiB Chair Anne Crowley on the steps of the Town Hall, flanked by the Marlborough in Bloom Committee Members and Volunteers who made this year's entry so strongJudges Kim Parish and Tim Elley stand beside Mayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton, Mayoress Susan Barrett-Morton and MiB Chair Anne Crowley on the steps of the Town Hall, flanked by the Marlborough in Bloom Committee Members and Volunteers who made this year's entry so strong30+ degree heat and a dazzlingly blue sky helped Marlborough look its best on the hottest day of the year when the judges from the Royal Horticultural Society arrived to review the Town's entry in the South West Tourism Cup category of South West in Bloom.

"We are truly blessed with such wonderful weather" said Marlborough in Bloom Chairman Anne Crowley.  "Such an enormous effort from all the volunteers, the Committee, Richard Beale and the Estates team will make today a success, and everything looks absolutely stunning" she added.

Judging today is for the main Town entry and also two of the ten 'It's Your Neighbourhood' entries - The Merchant's House and Kennet Place, with judges returning on 28 July to view the remaining eight.

'Bee' Cup Cake'Bee' Cup CakeThe judges embarked on a two and a half hour tour of the Town, covering the High Street area with it's many 'Bloom' features from St Peter's in the west, including the Hughenden and Hillyer's Yard displays, and walking past the many shops in the High street that are either 'Bee'd' up or Vodafone, Valentiner Designs, White Stuff, Fair Isle or Food Gallery Express who were displaying the winning awards from the competition held for the pupils of St Peter's and St Mary's 'to create a bee'.

The judging route also included Wye House and the Community Orchard, Coopers Meadow, The Green and The Parade.  A large amount to cover on a very hot day.  Then back to the Town Halll for refreshments and 'Bee' Cup Cakes, and a group photograph of everyone involved who made this year's entry happen - the volunteers, committee, Town Council team including Shelley Parker, Town Clerk and Estates Manager Richard Beale.

When will Marlborough find out how successful this year's entry has been?  At Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton, on Thursday 6 October.  With today's weather as a boost to make the Town look at it's finest - who knows, maybe a good omen.........

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Royal Horticultural Society judges Kim Parish and Tim Elley with the Marlborough in Bloom team - L to R: Richard Beale - Estates Manager, Shelley Parker - Town Clerk, Steve Pascall - MiB Committee, Kim Parish - RHS Judge, Claire Russell - MiB Committee, Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton - Mayor of Marlborough, Anne Crowley - MiB Chair, Cllr Alexander Kirk-Wilson - MiB Committee, Tim Elley - RHS Judge, Diana Cooper - MiB Committee, Mike Tupman MBE - Town CryerRoyal Horticultural Society judges Kim Parish and Tim Elley with the Marlborough in Bloom team - L to R: Richard Beale - Estates Manager, Shelley Parker - Town Clerk, Steve Pascall - MiB Committee, Kim Parish - RHS Judge, Claire Russell - MiB Committee, Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton - Mayor of Marlborough, Anne Crowley - MiB Chair, Cllr Alexander Kirk-Wilson - MiB Committee, Tim Elley - RHS Judge, Diana Cooper - MiB Committee, Mike Tupman MBE - Town CryerTown Cryer Mike Tupman MBE showing a clean pair of tonsils with his 'shout' to announce the arrival of the judgesTown Cryer Mike Tupman MBE showing a clean pair of tonsils with his 'shout' to announce the arrival of the judgesMarlborough in Bloom's specially created flag for this year's 'Bee' themed entry flies proudly over the Town HallMarlborough in Bloom's specially created flag for this year's 'Bee' themed entry flies proudly over the Town HallOne of Marlborough's ten 't's Your Neighbourhood' entries - the Waterfront Bee Hospital in Kennet PlaceOne of Marlborough's ten 't's Your Neighbourhood' entries - the Waterfront Bee Hospital in Kennet PlaceVal Compton, chief medic at the Waterfront Bee Hospital and also driving force behind the whole Kennet Place 'It's Your Neighbourhood' entry Val Compton, chief medic at the Waterfront Bee Hospital and also driving force behind the whole Kennet Place 'It's Your Neighbourhood' entry

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