Earl Shilton blooms with help from Earl Shilton Building Society

Earl Shilton in Bloom has yet again received an award for its entry into the annual East Midlands in Bloom competition – with a donation from Earl Shilton Building Society helping towards a bigger and better display for 2016.

Earl Shilton in Bloom’s entry was commended for a third successive year, being handed a Silver Gilt Award by the competition organisers. The display centred on this year’s theme of ‘turning grey spaces green’ and was pieced together with the help of over 20 volunteers from the local community.

Earl Shilton Building Society continued its long-standing support for Earl Shilton in Bloom with a donation to fund self-watering hanging baskets used for the display.

Bev Hockton, of Earl Shilton in Bloom, said, “We are very appreciative of the support received from Earl Shilton Building Society. They have been ardent supporters since the group was formed.

“We are a volunteer group and rely on donations and small grants to purchase bulbs and plants to display in the town. Planters are made from recycled wood and our ethos is very much about sustainability and improving the environment we live in for the benefit of all.

“Various community groups have been involved this year, including Community House, Bethel & Bethesda Residential Home, United Reformed Church, St Simon & St Jude Church Brigade and the local doctor’s surgery, where we created a beautiful garden for the dialysis patients to look out on whilst having their treatment.

“The town has been transformed into an oasis of floral abundance by the volunteers, improving the footfall and benefiting the shops and businesses alike.

“None of these events could happen without the generosity of the local people and the business community.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of Earl Shilton Building Society, added: “We have an established partnership with Earl Shilton in Bloom and are delighted to be supporting them once again.

“Many of our staff live locally and, along with the rest of the community, they always look forward to seeing the town at its colourful best each year. We are delighted to have played our part in another successful year for Earl Shilton in Bloom.”

In previous years, Earl Shilton in Bloom has claimed a Silver Award, a Judges’ Award and a Gold Award for Chris’s Fish & Chip Shop in the East Midlands’ Best Commercial Garden in 2014.

Last year’s theme used a colour palette of pink, purple, red and white to create a vintage feel, and the 2014 design included poppies and a giant army boot, marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Earl Shilton Building Society offers donations to local good causes through its ‘In the Community’ fund. Any local group in the Earl Shilton and Barwell areas interested in taking advantage of the fund can apply via the Society’s website. Requests will be reviewed regularly with a decision made on individual merits and funding availability.

All types of community groups, charitable organisations, teams, clubs and schools can take part. However, to ensure the scheme remains truly local, applications will only be accepted from the following postcode areas, LE, CV9 to 13 and DE11 to 15.