Town tops scoreboard to gain hat-trick

Deborah Barker (4th right) Chairman of Caistor in Bloom with left Don Morgan, Michael Galligan, Louis King, Robina King, Lauri Fox, Jean Hackney, Mike Stopper, Neil Birks and Gwen Thompson at the CIB awards.  (Lin) EMN-140923-084506001
Deborah Barker (4th right) Chairman of Caistor in Bloom with left Don Morgan, Michael Galligan, Louis King, Robina King, Lauri Fox, Jean Hackney, Mike Stopper, Neil Birks and Gwen Thompson at the CIB awards. (Lin) EMN-140923-084506001

Caistor has received a golden accolade at this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition as well as being named category winners.

This is the fourth Gold and a hat-trick third title of Best Large Village for the town.

And while the Caistor in Bloom volunteers are justifiably proud of these recognitions, it is the receipt of a discretionary award that sums up the work put into the town - the Committee Award for community effort.

“This is the best accolade we could have been given, as it represents the tremendous support that is in effect all year round for our group,” said Deborah Barker, chairman of Caistor in Bloom.

Judges from East Midlands in Bloom visited Caistor in July and were clearly impressed with what they saw to give the town top marks.

“We are all delighted with the award; it really shows how strong the community spirit in Caistor is,” said In Bloom secretary Jean Hackney.

“It is an outstanding honour and one that everyone should be very proud of.”

And among those helping to keep Caistor looking spick and span are operatives from West Lindsey.

“We have an excellent working relationship with the District Councillor, Town Council and residents,” said Street Cleansing Supervisor Simon Smoothey.

“We are pleased to have helped Caistor achieve Gold, and it is a reflection of the level of service we provide.”

Other awards were given to the Crocosmia Gardens and Hope House Garden, which received the Frank Constable Award.

The White Hart scored Silver and 
Systematic Print Management a Silver Gilt for their efforts, while Whitegate House Kindergarten also scored silver in the Best School Garden Special Award.

And all this success means Caistor has again been invited to participate in the 2015 Britain in Bloom national competition.