Caistor group gets on the road thanks to £10k grant

Caistor in Bloom's new vehicle which will aid watering and other activities EMN-140624-120414001
Caistor in Bloom's new vehicle which will aid watering and other activities EMN-140624-120414001

A local community group has become fully mobile thanks to a significant funding boost from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund.

Caistor in Bloom is celebrating after receiving a Lottery grant of £10,000.

And the money has been put towards the purchase of a ‘set of wheels’.

The Kubuto Street Legal Vehicle cost more than £12,000 to get on the road, with additional funds coming from the Caistor & District Lions Club, £1,000, and Caistor Town Council, £1,180.

The nippy utility cart will be used to help with the extensive job of watering and many other horticultural activities undertaken by the group of enthusiastic volunteers.

“This is a real boost for the group” said committee member Michael Galligan.

“The amount of man hours it will save is immeasurable”

And there will be an official welcome for the vehicle at 10am this Saturday, June 28, at the Multi Use Centre in South Street.

The day will also see Caistor in Bloom holding one of their regular BigTidyUps, which will be delayed by 15 minutes from its usual start time of 10am.

As always, litter picks, gloves and bags will be supplied and there will be free refreshments to sustain the volunteers.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and help keep our Gold standard and award winning town tidy,” said group chairman Deborah Barker.

Since the group formed in 2009, the group has undertaken many projects around the town.

And their successes in both East Midlands in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions have been well documented.

But things don’t end there and group chairman Deborah Barker and the team of volunteers are always looking at new ways to enhance the town.

One of the latest projects has been the introduction of a traditional wagon at the Grimsby Road junction, opposite the Montessori School.

The wagon, owned by the late Ron Vickers of Stone Farm at Thoresway, has now been planted up.

“This is a pivotal location to display this feature reflecting the agricultural history of our area. It will hopefully attract more visitors to the town.”

The local Brownies have been busy planting sunflower seeds as part of their centenary celebrations.

The group will also be working with volunteers from the National Citizen Service once again , who last year cleared the North Kelsey Road bank reading for planting.

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