Now it’s shop windows in bloom!
The Ely in Bloom campaign is gathering steam! As the date of the judgesâ€™ visit is announced, a wide range of different projects begin to produce results for all to see â€“ and now comes a call from Elyâ€™s new Mayor for local shops and businesses to play their part in getting Ely that coveted top gold award â€“ which could mean a place in the national Britain in Bloom context next year.
Elyâ€™s new mayor Cllr Bryant Watson has personally backed Ely, Chettisham and Stuntneyâ€™s first ever entry into the competition with a financial donation and the announcement that the campaign will become one of the beneficiaries of this yearâ€™s Mayoral charity appeal.
Cllr Watson and the Lady Mayoress have addressed a letter to all local businesses urging them to get behind the drive to put Ely and district in the floral forefront â€“ and also to raise awareness that the judges, who will visit Ely on 13 July, will be looking for far more than just well-tended flower beds. Aspects they will consider include breadth of local support, tidiness and sustainability â€“ as well as evidence that work goes on throughout the year and not just for the judgesâ€™ visit!
During the visit the judges will embark on a specially-planned tour and en route will meet representatives of the many local groups involved. They will also view evidence of other initiatives, campaign publicity and year-round activity.
Now local shops can get in on the act with the announcement that a window-dressing competition to mark the visit of the judges will be held. Entrants will need to create a display on an Ely in Bloom theme for 13 July â€“ and judging will be undertaken by the Mayor, who is also to donate a small trophy for the winner.
Financial support for the campaign has also come from Elyâ€™s Atrium Club and Budgenâ€™s Supermarket. More support is still needed and window stickers and leaflets will be available to spread the word.
For more information on the window-dressing competition and other initiatives contact Alison Callaby at East Cambs District Council on 01353 616386 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.