Ely In Bloom 2005

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Now it’s shop windows in bloom!
The Ely in Bloom campaign is gathering steam! As the date of the judges’ visit is announced, a wide range of different projects begin to produce results for all to see – and now comes a call from Ely’s new Mayor for local shops and businesses to play their part in getting Ely that coveted top gold award – which could mean a place in the national Britain in Bloom context next year.

Ely’s new mayor Cllr Bryant Watson has personally backed Ely, Chettisham and Stuntney’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 year’s Mayoral charity appeal.

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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 – 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 – as well as evidence that work goes on throughout the year and not just for the judges’ 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 – 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 Ely’s Atrium Club and Budgen’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: ely.perspective@eastcambs.gov.uk.