Filby are back in Britain in Bloom 2019 representing East Anglia in the National Finals. We face stiff competition from the five other entrants in the Village Category. These are Norton-in-Hales, from Shropshire, who were RHS Champion of Champions in 2015. Middleton-by-Wirksworth, an East Midlands entrant from Derbyshire and Tanfield in County Durham both gained a Silver Gilt in Britain in Bloom in 2018. Tiny Green Moor, with a population of just 90, was a Category Winner, gained a Gold Medal and was declared Best New Entry to Yorkshire in Bloom 2018 and St. Aubin, on the south coast of Jersey, has the advantage of its climate.
If you would like to sponsor our campaign call 01493 369250. Be part of the team to bring the village trophy back to Norfolk. Work starts now for 2019, starting with the back beds on the Pound that have been revamped under the guidance of Ian Richardson. and a new planting area at Poplar Drive. The drought garden at the Playing field has been restoned and new plants added.1400 Polyanthus have been priced out by Percy Hudson and David Thompson and 3000 Bulbs have been planted in pots ready to put out. This Saturday work commences for 2019, starting with the back beds on the Pound that have been revamped under the guidace of Ian Richardson. and a new planting area at Filby Close. This Saturday work continues at Poplar Drive taking on board judges comments from 2017. The beds are being extended and using Summer Perenials for planting. The School vegetable patch has been revamped and extended, allowing for growing in straw bales, which were succesful last year. The drought garden at the Playing field has been restoned and new plants added. Meet at the Farm opposite the Post Office at 9am. A Filby in Bloom Jigsaw is available from Filby Post Office, depicting sixteen pictures of Filby in Bloom. A new range of confectionary is also available with clotted cream fudge, shortbread, mint humbugs, chocolate chip and lemon crisp cookies. A new range of Filby in Bloom Polo shirts are available at the Post Office. They are green with the logo, in small, medium and large sizes. The Filby in Bloom year planners are, also, available free from Filby Post Office.
The results are in for Anglia in Bloom 2018. Congratulations to all involved with Filby in Bloom. We won the Best Village, today, at Bury St Edmunds with a Gold. We have won this 17 times in the last 20 years. We, also, won the Environmental Quality Award. Filby Bridge Restaurant and Filby Church received Gold Awards, and Filby School, the Pound and Filby Broad received judges' nominations in their categories. (Photographs from Ellen Mary Webster). All Results
Best Show garden! Not only did they capture a Gold Medal but Filby's Primary School and Little Blossoms Nursery's exhibit at the Norfolk Show, also, won best in show. The award was presented at the School's garden party, on 29th June. The children conducted an experiment by comparing crops planted in straw bales, in hay bales and in conventional soil. Vegetable and fruit plants are suggested to be about 25 per cent more productive in bales than they are in the ground. This can be attributed to more oxygen to the roots, together with unlimited water (straw is like a sponge and holds an amazing quantity of water) and nutrients. Added to this, heat from decomposition of the straw means that crops are produced earlier, the cropping period is extended later in the year and the produce is generally larger. Eclectic mixtures of vegetables (and some strawberries) were planted and the pupils are looking forward to measuring and tasting their produce later in the year. They are, also, looking forward to showing off their work, now returned to the school, to the judges as part of the village’s entry into this year’s Anglia in Bloom Competition. Pictures
Next meeting - Tuesday 8th January 2019, 7pm. A talk on Fairhaven Water Gardens. The Club meets, in Filby Village Hall, at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month. All are welcome. Those wishing to become members may pay an annual membership of £12. Guests are charged at £3.00 per meeting, redeemable against the subsequent purchase of a membership fee. Refreshments are free at all other meetings. Check the Filby Village Hall website for further details, look out for more information in the Village Life section of the Yarmouth Mercury or contact Caroline on 01493 369145 or Sue on 01493 369291. The Club now has its own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/filbygardeningclub. More information.