Saturday, 24 October 2009

New faces boost to annual Bloom competition

There were a number of new faces among residents and businesses supporting the annual Vale in Bloom competition.

Organised annually by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the event comprises competitions for Barry, Penarth and rural villages, with the best of the bunch being judged against each other to determine overall Vale in Bloom winners.

Winner of the overall and Barry front garden awards for the second successive year was Norah Bawn, of Brookfield Avenue, who has enjoyed much success in the competition over a number of years.

A double success in consecutive years was also recorded by the Glenbrook Inn with a colourful and welcoming display in the Vale and Barry commercial categories and by Y Bont Faen (Cowbridge) in the Vale and villages schools categories.

In Barry, newcomer Wayne Pitman (Newgale Close) won the hanging basket category with an excellent display, and Peggy Hughes (Jenner Road) repeated last year’s success for the best entry from a disabled gardener.

In Penarth, there were once again a large number of high quality entries. Dennis and Ann Lush (Tudor Close) continued their winning ways in the front garden category and achieved the double with their attractive hanging basket display.

Lacey Beth Lloyd (St David’s Crescent) went one better than last year to win the children’s category and W Smith (Catherine Meazey Flats, Queens Road) improved on a third spot in 2008 to be crowned best disabled gardener.

The Marie Curie Hospice and Cogan nursery repeated their 2008 successes in the residential home/sheltered housing and schools categories, the latter sharing top spot this year with near neighbours Cogan primary.

In the villages competition, Lily Matthews, of Church Row, Pendoylan, produced the best front garden, with close neighbour Mr I Morrison securing third spot. New entrant Longmeadow Court (Cowbridge) finished top in the residential home and sheltered housing category.


Front garden: 1, Mrs N Bawn, Brookfield Avenue; 2, Mr D Bryant, Aneurin Road; 3 (joint), Mr and Mrs J Nicholls, Myrtle Grove, and Mrs T Williams, The Parade.

Hanging basket: 1, Mr W Pitman, Newgale Close; 2, Mrs Bawn; 3, Mrs S Clements, Beverley Street.

Disabled gardener: 1, Mrs P M Hughes, Jenner Road; 2, Mr R Darer, Glanmor Crescent; 3, Valeplus, High Street.

Residential home/sheltered accommodation: 1, Ms A Gore, College Fields Nursing Home, College Fields Close; 2, Mr and Mrs Hogg, Brecon Court.

Commercial: 1, The Glenbrook Inn, Dobbins Road.


Front garden: 1, Mr D and Mrs A Lush, Tudor Close; 2, Mr D Jones, Summerland Crescent; 3, Mrs R Philpot, Uppercliff Close.

Hanging basket: 1, Mr and Mrs Lush; 2, Mrs A Goddard, Cawnpore Street; 3, Mrs Philpot.

Disabled gardener: 1, Mr W Smith, Catherine Meazey Flats, Queens Road; 2 (joint), Mrs Philpot and Castle Avenue Day Centre.

Children: 1, Lacey Beth Lloyd, St David’s Crescent; 2 (joint), Ellie Kihlberg, Molly Parker and Liam Parker, Cawnpore Street.

Residential home/sheltered accommodation: 1, Marie Curie Hospice, Holme Tower, Bridgeman Road; 2, Ty Dewi Sant Residential Home, Myrtle Close; 3, Catherine Meazey Flats.

Schools: 1 (joint), Cogan Nursery, Cawnpore Street, and Cogan Primary, Pill Street.


Front garden: 1, Mrs L Matthews, Church Row, Pendoylan; 2, Mrs S M Davies, Nant Isaf, Wenvoe; 3 (joint), Mr I Morrison, Church Row, Pendoylan, and Mrs M James, Grove Road, Llandow.

Commercial: 1, Longmeadow Court Residential Home, Druids Green, Cowbridge.

Schools: 1, Y Bont Faen Primary, Borough Close, Cowbridge

Overall Winners

Front garden: Mrs Bawn.

Commercial: The Glenbrook Inn.

Schools: Y Bont Faen.


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