Ponteland growing for gold yet again

Ponteland in Bloom winners. Photograph Keith Robertson
Ponteland in Bloom winners. Photograph Keith Robertson

A FANTASTIC range of floral displays and green projects has enabled a community to achieve further Northumbria in Bloom success.

After winning its first gold in the competition last year, Ponteland received the same accolade at the 2013 ceremony in Sunderland.

From Main Street and Broadway in Darras Hall to Ponteland Park and outlying areas, residents and businesses have done their bit to add some colour and improve their local environment.

There were some individual awards too, with residential care home Athol House, Ponteland Bowling and Tennis Club and Prestwick Allotments getting a gold award and The Diamond Inn a silver gilt.

Mary Short, of Athol House, was entered as ‘outstanding contribution by a volunteer’, but was pipped to the post by another entrant.

Joyce Butcher, Chairman of the town council’s Northumbria In Bloom working party, said the judges told her that Ponteland had achieved its highest ever mark.

She added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to bits with a second successive gold award.

“We’re also delighted with the results in the other categories and there are many other examples of people and businesses in our community doing wonderful things.

“They include a lovely display by Mrs Hutchinson at the entrance to Ponteland heading north on the A696 at Clickemin, the flowers by residents at Cecil Court, great flower boxes by Nicholson & Morgan solicitors and Alan and Liz Mee have done some great work at the rockery on Main Street.

“Patrick and Janet Cooper did the excellent display along the path that leads to the entrance of St Mary’s Church and the Friends of Ponteland Park showed the judges their beautiful wildflower meadow and the recently completed dipping platform.

“Among the new features this year was some displays around the War Memorial by the Memorial Hall’s caretakers.”

She also thanked the council’s contractors – Iain Clough, Michael Champion and Jim Scott – for their efforts.

There was a big Ponteland presence at the ceremony, as residents Marian Foster and David Goodchild were the master of ceremony and visual presentation co-ordinator respectively.

Morpeth also won a gold award and the other accolades for groups, people and business in the town were as follows: Abbeyfields First School (gold), Bluebell Woods (gold), Emma Evans (merit award), Morpeth Bus Station (silver gilt), Morpeth Chamber of Trade and Sanderson Arcade (gold), Rutherfords of Morpeth (gold), Tom Ridley (merit award) and Waterford Lodge (gold).

Rutherfords sourced the flowers for its display from Heighley Gate and Stanton Hall.

Managing Director Richard Rutherford said: “We’re delighted to achieve this award and we’re pleased that so many people have made lovely comments about our displays.

“The whole town strives hard to look wonderful each year and we try and help as much as we can. Everyone here is involved and Gill Rutherford has done a fantastic job with the window displays.”