Caistor In Bloomers look to go one better and share secrets of success
THE new year has brought a new challenge to Caistor In Bloom.
Its gold award for East Midlands last year means it will join the other 15 regional winners in the UK finals this year.
It will be a big challenge for Lincolnshire's hilliest town which not too many years ago was best known for its crumbling buildings and run-down appearance, but before the new campaign is launched, Caistor is sharing its secrets to success, giving help to a fellow Wolds town.
The Louth In Bloom committee was awarded silver gilt in the large town category of the East Midlands In Bloom competition, which is inspiring them to go for gold next summer.
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The town had entered the competition for the first time this year and the success follows on from being named Britain's Favourite Market Town in a public vote through the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards.
The East Midlands In Bloom judges have now produced a report on Louth to give the group pointers to work on for the year ahead.
Mayor of Louth Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders, said: "So many of the towns getting awards had their parks and gardens maintained by their local councils, so that makes the achievements of our dedicated volunteers even more fantastic.
"Louth has once again achieved recognition for its wonderful environment and community spirit. I hope it will inspire us all to do even greater things next year."
To this end they decided to contact Caistor members for some hints and tips on how they can really go for gold in 2013.
President Ernie Brown said he was delighted to be asked and gave a lively talk on how Caistor achieved swift progress in this prestigious competition to now go forward to represent the region for Britain In Bloom for 2013.
Samantha Phillips, Louth Town Partnership co-ordinator, said to Ernie: "Thank you so much for coming. I think we all went away feeling very inspired. We really appreciate your offer of attending some of our meetings."
Caistor had met up with Gainsborough In Bloom a week earlier with the same aim of making Northern Lincolnshire – both West and East Lindsey bloom in 2013. This time it was Caistor chair Deborah Barker who made the journey.
Caistor In Bloom stages its launch day on Saturday, January 26, from 10am to noon in Caistor Town Hall. Anyone is welcome to go along and see how to get involved. The group's town tidy up day is on Saturday, February 16, from 10am to 2pm, from the multi-use centre.
Volunteers are needed and for further details call Deborah Barker on 01472 851883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caistorinbloom.co.uk