Celebrations as tremendous town wins ‘Best Kept’ title

Caistor in Bloom volunteers EMN-150910-135507001
Caistor in Bloom volunteers EMN-150910-135507001

Caistor has been celebrating after winning a top ‘Best Kept’ award - just weeks after picking up gold at East Midlands in Bloom.

The town has been named as Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Best Kept area, in the tough ‘past winners’ category of the competition.

It is the first time Caistor has won this category - after winning the ‘market town’ group in 2011, 2012 and 

Caistor town councillor and Caistor In Bloom chairman Deborah Barker said: “It’s just amazing.

“It’s even bigger than winning best market town.

“It’s a bigger coup as it’s a harder category.

“Everyone in the town has done bits and pieces here and there.

“It’s another feather in the cap for Caistor.”

Judges award points for things such as bus shelters, notice boards and recreation areas.

They also look at ‘community spirit’ – and Caistor was awarded full marks for this.

Coun Barker said: “We got 15 out of 15 for community spirit - that’s what pleases me the most.

“It’s down to all the volunteers, groups like Caistor Goes and the Lions.

“It’s about partnership working.”

Last year Caistor came second in the ‘past winners’ category, with Crowland taking the title.

CounBarker said: “This year we’ve beaten everybody.

“Places that really are good and have done it for quite some time.”

The competition is entered by Caistor Town Council. Judges visited the town at the end of September.

Read next week’s Rasen Mail to find out if Caistor has been successful in the Britain in Bloom competition.

Police and MP praise for town

MP Sir Edward Leigh said: “I am tremendously proud that once again communities in the constituency have come cream of the crop in the CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Town competition.

“I am particularly proud to congratulate Caistor on their win in the Past Winners category, along with Nettleham who came in as runners up.”

And Sir Edward paised the town’s ‘dedicated’ residents.

He said: “I know that it is all due to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and the parish and town councils that our communities are some of the loveliest in the country.”

Speaking at Caistor Town Council’s monthly meeting, police officer Chris Bell also congratulated Caistor In Bloom members.

He said: “I would like to congratulate Caistor In Bloom on a job well done.”

PC Bell explained how he had recently been on a training course in Nottinghamshire when an officer from another force recognised Caistor as ‘the place that always wins In Bloom’.