Halstead is bloomin’ beautiful

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 
Ian Jarvis and Mike Rees
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232247009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Ian Jarvis and Mike Rees Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232247009

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There’s no let up in Halstead in Bloom’s ambition as it looks to bring yet more success and golden prizes to the town.

With the Anglia in Bloom judges arriving on Friday final preparations are under way, but the hardworking volunteers from Halstead found time to show the Free Press around the town.

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 
Mary Winters, Joan Gibson, Christine Laurance and Margaret Tyler
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232316009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Mary Winters, Joan Gibson, Christine Laurance and Margaret Tyler Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232316009

With a list of awards including numerous golds at Anglia in Bloom, two best town in East Anglia prizes, a Queen’s award for volunteering, gold at the invitational Britain in Bloom and a runner-up prize in the best town in Britain category, it would be easy for the members to down tools for a year and take a well earned rest.

Instead they have been back at it again, designing and creating beautiful floral masterpieces that they hope will not only win gold, but most importantly bring visitors to the town, boost local businesses and bring the community together.

A reasonably confident Joan Gibson, plant designer for Halstead in Bloom, said: “I think it looks good. We’ve had quite a few compliment from residents which is gratifying.

“But you can never tell because the judges see things that maybe we don’t.”

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232302009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232302009

This year there is a very royal theme with the causeway decorated in purple and gold to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, while there is also a floral crown and a shield.

The rest of the town has been given a makeover of softer feminine colours, again harking back to the Queen’s special year, but avoiding the red and blue that Mrs Gibson feels everyone else will be doing.

There are also floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Workers Educational Association in the public gardens and to the 20th anniversary of Anglia in Bloom by the hospital.

Mrs Gibson said the aim would again be to win gold at Anglia in Bloom level.

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232437009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232437009

She explained that the awards were based on much more than just the flowers themselves, with links to local businesses and schools and an understanding of sustainability and recycling taken into account.

Nevertheless the committee, the many volunteers and the town as a whole will be hoping that a year’s worth of hard work will be once again rewarded with gold.

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232357009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232357009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 
Joan Gibson plant designer and Margaret Eskins Chairman
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232409009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Joan Gibson plant designer and Margaret Eskins Chairman Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232409009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING
The town bridge, Halstead town centre.
The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. 

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232153009

HALSTEAD: ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING The town bridge, Halstead town centre. The award winning Halstead in Bloom in being judged on the Friday. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232153009