Saltburn in bloom - a community affair
What's the blooming point?
Britain in Bloom is an all-inclusive campaign, organised by the RHS, that encourages communities of all sizes to make positive and lasting improvements to their local areas for the benefit of local people. The campaign is the largest of its kind in Europe and incorporates floral features, permanent planting, wildflower meadows, planting for nature, fruit and vegetable gardening and much, much more. Other elements include cleanliness and tackling issues of litter, graffiti, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
The RHS encourages all communities to get involved to help create safer, cleaner and greener local environments.
Saltburn’s efforts are organised by the Saltburn '500 Club in association with town businesses, organisations and local councils, and sponsored by the Parish Council.
Anyone wishing to contact the organisers for information or to help as volunteers please contact on 01287 624046
Saltburn in Bloom AGM 2013
Saltburn in Bloom held its AGM on 14th February 2013 in Saltburn Library at 5.00pm.
As a result of the AGM the new committee is as follows:
Chair - Lynda Parkes
Vice Chair - Peter Hartley
Treasurer - Stuart Smith
Minutes Secretary - Pamela Collings
Secretary - Sue Featherstone
Committee Members - Miranda Kelly, Joyce Howard, Ingrid Salomonsen
At the end of the AGM a vote of thanks was given by Miranda Kelly to everyone involved with Saltburn in Bloom during the past year. Special thanks were given to Jackie Taylor for all the work she had achieved in the past 25 years.
Thanks to our outgoing Vice Chair, who is taking on the role of Treasurer for 2013, he will continue to be a valuable member of the committee. Thanks to Di Milburn for all her splendid work as treasurer and to Kath West as secretary and for sorting out sponsor lists.
Thanks were also given to Tony Lynn for his support with our latest interpretation project and to Veronica Boland, Gary Cummins, Tracee Hall-Young and Eddie Guy.
The Gardening Team had worked really hard during the year and was a great asset, thanks to the members too. Also, thanks to Sue Featherstone for securing funding for the interpretation project and for her hard work preparing the way for us to attain charitable status.
We are grateful to those who help at the coffee mornings and table tops and to those who help on special occasions when hanging baskets are put up and taken down.
We have an excellent team and hope that 2013 can be as successful as last year
Saltburn in Bloom volunteers are nearing completion of the latest project of creating interpretation boards for significant parts of the town and environs. Booklets giving further information will be ready soon. The booklets will be available from the library and an announcement will be made as soon as they are in. There will be a display of books of local interest and information on Saltburn when the booklet is launched.
2011 - Saltburn in Bloom
Spring judging is in April and Saltburn is in the national finals. There will be a table top sale in the Community Centre on Saturday, 12th March. Donations of food and help gratefully received. The outside table top sales (Station portico area) begin Sunday, 6th March from 9.00am to 2.00pm. To book please phone 01287 624046. £6 per space except on the Folk Festival weekend in August which is £8. Redcar and Cleveland is hosting Northumbria in Bloom this year and arranged meeting is on Tuesday, 8th March. Volunteers are needed, please, to help with the upkeep of the planters, contact 01287 624046.
2010 - Northumbria in Bloom - another Gold
Judging day for Northumbria in Bloom was Tuesday, 13th July, starting at 10.00am. On Saturday 10th July there was a big town tidy up. Thank you to the businesses, organisations and residents of Saltburn for all your support. Thank you also to all those who helped litter pick and clean up. The town looked beautiful. Please help keep our town tidy, not just for judging day but all year round. New Amberol planters have been installed and planted on Marine Parade, not only with shrubs and salad but also with small salad items, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, etc. The committee would like to offer a thank you to Bill Johnson who constantly litter picks and keeps the area along Marine Parade clean and tidy.
The 2010 awards ceremony took place at the Oakwood Centre, Stockton on Tees on Monday 13th September. The Presidents Award for an outstanding contribution to Northumbria in Bloom by a private individual was won by Stuart Smith. Lauriston Care Home was awarded a Silver Gilt in the Ron Grubb Memorial Trophy for the best kept grounds of a care home, residential or convalescent home. The Saltburn CIU Home was awarded Silver Gilt in the Whitley Bay Guardian Trophy for the best effort for upkeep of the external premises of Public Houses or other licensed premises. The town itself was awarded a Gold in the Best Coastal Resort category and won the Amberol Trophy for overall winner.
2009 - Northumbria in Bloom Golden award.
The results of the 2009 Northumbria in Bloom competition were announced and presentations made at a ceremony in the Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre in Durham City on 14th September. Over eighty entries reached gold standard in their class this year with judges looking for much more than pretty flowerbeds in spring and summer. These days floral excellence is vital but not enough and permanent, sustainable planting involving trees and shrubs, conservation projects, cleanliness and year round community effort are all included in the final marks.
This year Saltburn was awarded the gold medal and Amberol Trophy for the Best Seaside Resort. Best conservation project and Gold Medal was awarded to Saltburn Valley Gardens. Best railway, bus or metro station: Saltburn Railway Station. Saltburn Golf Club was awarded a Gold Medal as one of the best kept sports premises. An RHS Neighbourhood award was given to Laurel Road.
Locally, Stanghow received Gold for the Best Small Village and Eston was awarded the Best Urban Community Award with Lingale being recognised as the most improved entry. Both Stanghow and Eston have been selected to represent the North East in the prestigious 'Britain in Bloom' national competition.
Children from Salburn Primary School planted new bulbs at the Police Station in November 2007 in preparation for the 2008 season.
Teacher Lucy Turnock and her teaching assistant Julie Crowe are pictured with some of the children, PC Stuart Smith and Ray Hensby, the deputy chairman of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council.
The hard work payed off as the police station was judged to be the best garden worked by volunteers in the annual town garden competition.
The town was awarded the Amberol Trophy after winning a silver gilt award in the coastal resort section of this years Northumbria in Bloom. Judges commented that Saltburn's public awareness campaign was "first class and faultless". They said the "absence of litter was amazing. The town looked clean and sparkling throughout and the beach area was spotless despite many visitors."
Suggestions for improvements included expanded daffodil planting on large grassed areas, more floral displays on Marine Parade, more perennial planting, as at the community centre and police station, and schools to introduce some wildflowers and ponds.
2007 was a very good year.
2007 was the 20th Anniversary of Saltburn’s first entry in the Northumbria in Bloom Competition and the 7th year of entry in the Britain in Bloom finals. Saltburn was as winner of the Silver-Gilt award in the Best Coastal Resort section of Northumbria in Bloom and also received a Silver award in the Britain in Bloom Competition.
Of the 68 finalists that had been selected from the 18 UK regions to compete in the UK finals 14 finalists received Gold, 26 received Silver-Gilt, 24 received Silver and 4 received Bronze awards. Saltburn was competing as a finalist in the Coastal Resort category alongside Bognor Regis, Cleethorpes, Criccieth, Great Yarmouth, Lytham, North Berwick, Sidmouth, St Helier, Westbourne, Whitby and Whitehead. Cleethorpes was announced as the category winner. The gala ceremony took place on 26 September at the Coventry Cathedral, hosted by Coventry in Bloom. The Awards were presented by actress Susan Hampshire.
The picnic area on Marine Parade, funded by Impetus Environmental Trust, was opened by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland on Thursday 20th September. A ship’s anchor has also been placed on land at the top of Saltburn Bank as part of 2007's planned improvements to the towns floral displays.
In 2005 PC Robin Butler, who at the time was the Community Officer for Marske, and Saltburn PC Stuart Smith, approached PD Teesport, Middlesbrough on the River Tees regarding the obtaining of an anchor for each of the towns. They were able to supply two anchors which had been dredged up from the River Tees having been lost on the river bed by shipping. Marske were the first to install their anchor on the roundabout in the High Street.. The Saltburn anchor was kept until funding was available and decisions were made as to where it should be sited. In June 2007 with the help of funding from the Local Environmental Committee, Saltburn In Bloom were able to go ahead with plans for bringing the anchor to the town. It was first taken to Castle Engineering in Marske where it was shot blasted and painted. Alfred McAlpine then installed the anchor on the garden at the top of Cart Bank. It was decided to place the anchor here because of its close proximity to the sea. In 2008 the Anchor will be illuminated at night and the garden bed in which it is situated will be re-developed with a sea-side theme. Included in this are two metal lobster pots which have been made by inmates at the metal workshops at Kirkleavington Prison.