Ken steps down after a golden period for Market Harborough

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The chairman who helped bring a golden period to Market Harborough has stepped down.

At the Market Harborough in Bloom Volunteers’ (MHiBV’s)Annual General Meeting held on Monday, March 5, Ken Hook - who has been chairman for the past three years - stepped down as an officer and will be replaced by Barbara Tallis.

Over the three years of his chairmanship, MHiBV have had some fantastic East Midlands and Britain Bloom results.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, they were category winners in East Midlands in Bloom (joint category winners in 2015), receiving gold on each occasion.

The icing on the cake was in 2016 when they were invited to enter Britain in Bloom - and in September at an awards ceremony in Birmingham they received gold in the large town category.

Pat Hook will also be stepping down from her role as secretary. Both Ken and Pat have been involved with MHiBV after it was formed 21 years ago.

Ken said: “I would like to thank all of the many organisations who have supported MHiBV over many years including the following: Harborough District Council, Leicester County Council, FCC Environment, MH Rotary Club, Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity, the donations received, local traders and businesses for their sponsorship of the planters in and around the town.

“The highlight for me as chairman was without doubt the Britain in Bloom award. To achieve gold takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication over a long period of time and without the volunteers it would not happen.

“Although I’m stepping down as chairman I’ll continue to volunteer in any way I can to help the new chair, Barbara Tallis, and wish her all the success in the future as the group continues to flourish.”

If you would like to get involved or would like to know more about MHiBV, visit MHiBV.org.uk or search ‘Market Harborough in Bloom’ on Facebook

Alternatively, email them at: mhib.volunteers@outlook.com