Once again, Beacon Hill Nature Reserve, St. Margaret’s Parish Church and The Grange have all re-entered the South & South East in Bloom competitions and let’s hope that they will all be as successful as hitherto – if not more so. Conversely, the ‘Brighton in Bloom’ awards scheme has been terminated on account of the City’s austerity programme.
Having been in the ‘Hot Seat’ for some 12 years; I have reluctantly decided to stand down, which equally applies to Valerie, who has done much of the RIB’s clerical work behind the scenes and therefore, an extraordinary AGM has been arranged for Thursday 28th September in the Whiteway Centre at 7.15pm.
Apart from the election of officers, there is to be an in depth discussion, as to our future commitments and this will be an open meeting for all in the village to attend, in the hope that we will be able to attract some more willing helpers in order to cope with the extra number of planting locations inherited from the B & HCC.
On a more positive note we must congratulate Declan & John in Ye Olde Black Horse for their outstanding floral display, together with Juliet in the Open Art Café for the abundance of planted containers that adorn the outside of her premises. Also the response for sponsorships of the hanging baskets is greatly appreciated and we must voice our thanks for the many donations received from our village residents, not to mention the generous support from the Parish Council and B & HCC’s Community Fund.