Town strikes gold in what has been a memorable year for Market Harborough

Harborough in Bloom volunteers celebrate winning Gold and joint winners with Bleper pictured in Welland Park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Harborough in Bloom volunteers celebrate winning Gold and joint winners with Bleper pictured in Welland Park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

In a year when Market Harborough has been singled out as one of the best places to live, the town can now say it is one of the prettiest too.

In a year where Market Harborough has been singled out as one of the best places to live, the town can now say it is one of the prettiest too.

Many hours of hard work from local volunteers has resulted in a gold award from the East Midlands in Bloom awards on September 16.

The Market Harborough in Bloom Volunteers (MHiBV) were announced as joint winners with Belper in the large town category at a packed East Midlands in Bloom ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Course.

The judge said she received a warm welcome at the headquarters of Market Harborough in Bloom in Welland Park from the volunteers, who took them on a thorough tour of the whole town, covering schools, homes, parks and pubs.

Margaret Richards , coordinator at MHiBV, said the volunteers are absolutely delighted. She added: “Everyone works so hard all year round but without other peoples involvement this would not have been possible.

“We would like to thank Harborough District Council, Andrew Granger & Co, Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity, Leicester County Council, The Litter picking group, Three Swans, all the businesses who have supported us, people and shops who have helped with the watering, Welland Rivers Trust, Murphys Taxis, Shire Press, Harborough Mail, Hfm, Rotary Club, Lions Club, FCC, the seven Primary Schools, and the Scouting groups, Leicester Mercury, all the people involved with the judges route,family, friends and neighbours who have all got involved.

“Whose valuable support enabled us to reach this standard.

“A big thank you to Steve and Sussie who do a wonderful job in Welland Park, it is stunning.”

And that was not the the only success that night for the Harbough district. J. Stamp & Sons also won gold, while judges gave an award to the volunteers of St. Nicholas, Little Bowden for their church grounds.

Market Harborough Church of England Academy received silver in the best school garden award.

The Three Swans Hotel won gold and were category winners.

Esme Durham of the 5th Market Harborough Brownies was runner-up in the East Midlands in Bloom Children’s Digital Photography Competition with her photograph of French Lavender.

On top of this success, Market Harborough also won Best Medium Station at the East Midlands Trains Stations Awards - in the first year it had entered the compeition.

The town beat off competition from Chesterfield and Loughborough at a ceremony at the Hallmark Midland Hotel, Derby, last Friday 
(September 18.

MHiBV has been planting the station for about 15 years and this year have planted extra containers, hanging baskets, wild flowers and made willow butterflies. The station staff water all the containers. MHiBV’s Ken Hook said: “Congratulations to Karen Miller and all the wonderful staff at the station.

“It’s always good to receive acknowledgement for the work we do but we do not do it to gain awards we do itbecause we all like to see our lovely town looking as good as we can make it, for everyone who lives in the area, works and visits our lovely town”.

“We have already started planning for next year so why not get involved with a fantastic group of volunteers.

“Send us an email at MHiB.volunteers@outlook.com and check out our community facebook page Market Harborough in Bloom.”