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.
Work continues every Saturday morning from 9am. If you would like to help or get involved at any other time call Adrian on 01493 369250. Meet at the Farm opposite the Post Office at 9am. The judging date for Anglia in Bloom is Wednesday 10th July 2pm. Judges are Nolan Mills & Chris Durham, the same as last year plus Paul Robson, a trainee judge.The date for judging Britain in Bloom is Thursday 1st August. 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.
On 2nd May, 2019, Percy Hudson retired from the Parish Council, after serving the village for over 50 years. During that time, he has worked with the Filby in Bloom team since we started back in 1990 and each year comes up with ideas for the flower bed on Thrigby Road corner, this year being no exception. To mark his dedication and contribution to the Village, the Bed is, now, to called the “Percy Hudson Bed”, complete with a brass plaque. In proposing this, Adrian Thompson, Chairman of Filby in Bloom said “ It is important to recognize the contribution made to the village and Filby in Bloom by the older generations, they were in at the beginning when things were tough, but with their help we have achieved National recognition”. This bed was enlarged in 2015. Its terracing was replaced by a slope, and, on the advice of 2014’s judges, during 2015, height was introduced into the display with Nicotiana sylvestris at the rear. Last year’s judges thought that the trellis behind the bed needed attention and attention it got. The bed was completely re-built with 17 railway sleepers and the grass fronting was re-turfed.
Next meeting is the Garden Party 2pm to 5.00pm. Sunday 7th July (Members and their invited guests, only). The Club usually 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.