Several weeks ago a letter from Erewash Borough Council arrived informing me that Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard had won an award in the Business, Commercial and Places of Worship category of ‘Ilkeston in Bloom’. We were to attend the presentation on the afternoon of 10th October at Morley Hayes.
Susan Bell and myself went along. We were photographed on our way in and apparently the photos will be part of a display of Erewash in Bloom in the Town Hall eventually. The Mayor was there, to make the presentations with the help of the Green Space and Street Scene Team from the Council. We were awarded joint second in our category and judging by the other entries we will have to up our game considerably to win first place…… Who knows? Well done to all who have helped clear graves and plaques, helped plant narcissi and snowdrops, deadheaded roses and generally helped in the care of our churchyard.
The Youth Club and Playgroup deserve a mention for their planting and Cantelupe Kids’ Club also gained second place in their category. Their beautiful garden no doubt helped us to win our second place too. Congratulations to all those green fingered people.
Ilkeston was also awarded a Gold medal for their entry into East Midlands in Bloom. This was their first Gold and the efforts of The Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard were noted by the judges on the day they visited the Market Place. We can all say we contributed to Pride in Erewash.
A special thanks should go to Jamie and his council gardening team in the Churchyard. They have been helpful, planting the area by the steps, clearing particularly difficult overgrown memorials and encouraged us with helpful discussions.