The days leading up to Wednesday 15th July were very busy for Brighter Boroughbridge and District members. They beavered away, particularly at Chatsworth Grove, where rain had encouraged the weeds to flourish and drought, prior to the rain, had killed some of the heathers and all the pansies.
Why was there so much activity? They were preparing for the visit of John Stanley, the judge for ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section of Yorkshire in Bloom. They met him in the car park and he was shown before and after pictures of the areas that have been improved. He took photographs, with his phone, of the wooden insects and the sign on the fence saying they were made by Jenny Ruth Workshops and painted by pupils at Boroughbridge Primary School. They then moved to look at Chatsworth Grove and he seemed to notice everything and asked lots of questions. Finally he was shown the roundabout with the four circles and poppies and he was complimentary. He said he had enjoyed looking at the circles when they were first designed for the Tour de France but this was the first time he had seen them close to, now transformed into a memorial garden. It was an enjoyable meeting and John was very encouraging. Naturally the group are hoping for a favourable judgement.
It is always good to relax after tension and the next evening the second social gathering for the group happened at The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge. On the first meeting there had been only eight or nine people but this time there were over twenty. There was a lot of laughter as Sharon Longcroft had devised yet another of her quizzes, very loosely based on horticulture. There was also a raffle and afterwards many people lingered and chatted, enjoying the relaxation. It was generally declared a good night out and the date of the next one, should you like to join them has been proposed as 1st October.