We've planted a tree in memory of Graeme

Published on: 30 Jan 2017

ALL of us at Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom hope that 2017 brings the same beautiful displays as last year. We are already planning and ordering the displays for the summer with Chris, as usual, trying to get the best prices!

Chris has been out helping to plant further trees around the area. They have planted a group of trees on the green at the end of Cleeve Park Road and Badminton Road and also a tree near the Britannia memorial on Overndale Road. This is in commemoration of Graeme Riley who passed away last year. He was a D&BH Parish councillor for many years, doing a great deal for our community, so will be sadly missed. We are also waiting for the newly planted trees in Kings George V to blossom. These were funded by Cotswold Homes and marked the Queen's 90th birthday. They should provide a beautiful display by the entrance to the park so do keep an eye out for these.

We have also been looking at expenses for this coming year and Chris is working hard to find sponsors to help towards these costs. If anyone has a local business and would like to sponsor us then please do get in touch. A very worthy cause as the flower displays give so much pleasure to local people and all of the money we raise is spent on planting.

Sorry, but I must go back briefly to Christmas and tell you about our Father Christmas competition. We asked children to find the names of our Father Christmases in the Downend shops. We had a prize giving day when the winners came up to the Kustom shop in Downend.  We would like to thank the children for taking part aThey were very excited to get their prizes and posed so nicely for our pictures. 

I would also like to thank the lady that came to Men and their Tools this Tuesday morning. Her husband passed away a while ago and she has offered to donate any tools that he had towards the group. Dave was really pleased as they are desperate for more tools especially as the number of men attending is growing.  He is off to visit the lady today to collect these tools and we know that they will be put to very good use. If anyone else has anything they think might be useful and would like to donate then please let us know - the men meet in King George V Playing field pavilion off Sutherland Avenue on a Tuesday morning so do go along and see them.

I did look on the internet to find more things for the men to make, especially for Easter.  Unfortunately I didn't find many Easter items but I did find some fabulous snowmen made from pallets so watch this space for Christmas 2017!

At the moment we are awaiting some sign of our spring bulbs and I scour the grass verges for any indication of new shoots. If and when you do see them please take care when walking on the grass verges!

I also did another talk about our work - this time to Christchurch Christian Fellowship - it was lovely as I saw quite a few people that I had not seen for a while and it is always good to catch up. After the meeting they also did a collection towards our planting - thank you to them. This time the power point presentation and projector also worked perfectly which was a great relief! Anyway, I hope by the time I speak to you next month we will have some signs of life in our spring displays and that once again they will be filling Downend and Bromley Heath with much needed colour in these damp dark days. 

If anyone wants to contact us at D&BH in Bloom please look on our Facebook page for details: DownendandBromley HeathinBloom. 

Look forward to speaking to you next month          

 Jackie Baker


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