The pride of Cheshire

Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019 It’s bloom­ing marvel­lous! Con­gle­ton has once again been recog­nised as a gold stan­dard town Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019

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When we fea­tured Con­gle­ton in Cheshire Life in Oc­to­ber, we wrote that ‘com­mu­nity spirit is at the core of ev­ery­thing they do’ in the town. And we weren’t the only ones to no­tice, as that sense of civic pride helped it to win the cov­eted over­all cham­pion prize at the Best Kept Vil­lage awards.

The com­pe­ti­tion is or­gan­ised by Cheshire Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and cel­e­brates the im­por­tant work done by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in keep­ing and car­ing for their en­vi­ron­ment.

Judges, who made a num­ber of vis­its be­tween April and Septem­ber, said Con­gle­ton is well cared for and at­trac­tive to all who visit it, and added that it is a busy com­mu­nity which strives to keep up high stan­dards of care. The town was pre­sented with a plaque and a paint­ing by for­mer Cheshire Life artist Gor­don Wilkin­son.

And there were more cel­e­bra­tions when Con­gle­ton won its eighth con­sec­u­tive gold large town award at the North West in Bloom cer­e­mony and a gold award at the Na­tional Bri­tain in Bloom fi­nals in Belfast.

The town was also awarded a top three place – from a group of 76 fi­nal­ists – for in­volv­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple and it came close to be­ing named the best large town in the UK. The In Bloom judges were full of praise for Con­gle­ton, giv­ing it gold in all three cat­e­gories: hor­ti­cul­tural achieve­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Cllr David Brown, the chair­man of the Con­gle­ton in Bloom group, at­tended both the awards cer­e­monies. He said: ‘It is great to see Con­gle­ton get­ting such fan­tas­tic recog­ni­tion at lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional level. These awards are for the whole town. It’s a mas­sive town-wide ef­fort and we are ab­so­lutely de­lighted.

‘We have re­ceived gold on the na­tional stage three times in

five years. To be a whisker away from win­ning the best large town in the UK cat­e­gory is a huge credit to all those in­volved. As a town we re­ally did pull out all the stops, and de­spite the scorch­ing sum­mer and be­ing just days away from a hosepipe ban, we man­aged to keep all the plants alive. We re­ceived some great com­pli­ments from visi­tors and res­i­dents for the parks, round­abouts, hang­ing bas­kets and troughs.

‘As al­ways, it’s been a huge com­mu­nity ef­fort and the

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