Villagers in Alford have once again played host to judges from East Midlands in Bloom. East Midlands in Bloom is an annual competition, held as part of the Royal Horticulture Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign, designed to encourage communities to improve where they live and work.The judges came to consider not only Alford’s floral displays, but in addition its horticultural achievement and environmental responsibility, as well as community participation. Glynis Docker, member of the Alford in Bloom team, said: “We fulfilled all these principles, especially the community participation – with our monthly litter picks, and of course The Great Alford Pirate Mouse Trail, in which young and old have supported. “We successfully toured the town visiting places of interest for the judges, before returning to the Manor House for refreshments. We asked as many people as possible to wear a stripy t shirt for the day to show their support, and even the Market … [Read more...] about Judgment day over in Bloom efforts and other Neighbourhood News
OTHER than a love of the limelight, what does Love Island star Zara McDermott have in common with Rylan Clark-Neal, Jessie J, Frankie Bridge and Jesy Nelson? The answer is that these big names all come from the "golden triangle" - a fame-hungry corner of England which has become a breeding ground for famous faces. This star-studded pocket of Essex - which covers the patch between Buckhurst Hill, Brentwood and Upminster - is also home to S Club's Jo O'Meara, actor Gary Lucy, Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays, Mollie from S Club 8 and X Factor contestant Joe Cox. And that's before even getting on to the cast of Towie. The GC, Chloe Sims, Sam Faiers, Mark Wright and Ferne McCann are among the area's best-known offspring . But how did this area - which includes Romford, Hornchurch and Chigwell and where no two parts are more than 15 miles away - become such fertile territory for aspiring stars? Ambitious parents send their kids to stage school What many of the stars in … [Read more...] about This golden triangle has bred stars from Love Island to Little Mix so is it Britain’s most fame-hungry neighbourhood?
Steampunks from around the UK gathered at the Royal Oak pub in Candlesby last week for East Coast Steampunks’ meet-up. Group organiser Christina Gee said: “It was a packed, full house at the meeting with steampunks from all over the country and a really fun night with steampunk band Captain Caleb’s Rockett Dogs performing - and they were fantastic.” East Coast Steampunks is based in the Spilsby area. Their next meeting is their ‘Strictly Come Steampunk’ event which takes place at the Royal Oak on June 26, at 7.30pm. All are welcome.Burgh le Marsh* CorrespondentThis is the last edition of the Standard in which long-standing correspondent Eileen Chantry will have contributed items for publication.Eileen would like to thank everyone for their support over the last 32 years and for all the kind words, good wishes, cards and gifts which she received.“Thank you all,” she said. In future, editorial should be sent to … [Read more...] about A full house at steampunks’ meeting and other Neighbourhood News
The garden at Willow Cottage, in Gravel Pit Lane, Burgh le Marsh, opens for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) on Monday, May 28, from 2-5pm. Visitors to the garden, home of Bob and Karen Ward, are promised winding pathways to discover and tranquil spots where they will long to linger. Admission is priced at £4, but free for children. There will be home-made teas, home-made produce and plants for sale. For more NGS events in the area this week, see the Neighbourhood News entry for Spilsby.* SpilsbyOpen gardensTwo gardens near Spilsby will open this Bank Holiday Weekend for the National Garden Scheme (NGS).First, the two-acre garden at the Manor House, Hagworthingham, home of Gill Maxim and David O’Connor opens on Sunday, May 27, from 2-5pm. The garden is on a south facing slope, partly terraced and well protected by established trees and shrubs. Admission is priced at £3.50, but free for children.There will be home-made teas and plants for sale.Dogs on short leads are … [Read more...] about Winding pathways and tranquil spots and other Neighbourhood News
Youngsters from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, in Alford, have raised £11,100 for the child and adolescent mental health charity YoungMinds. The cause was this year’s chosen charity for the school.Fundraising events included a fun run, a spinathon, and a non-uniform day. Will Robinson, of YoungMinds, said: “This is absolutely amazing and an overwhelming donation! Over £11,000 is a huge amount and will make a significant difference for our charity this year. Thank you so much.”* BratoftEucharistThere is an 8am Eucharist service at St Peter and Paul’s Church on Sunday, May 20.* Burgh le MarshChurch‘Welcome home’ said Father Terry to the congregation as the parish church re-opened on Sunday after being closed for six months for repairs. Currently the church will only be open on Sundays or for weddings and funerals as work is still continuing.Father Terry has expressed his appreciation to Burgh school for allowing use of its hall for Sunday … [Read more...] about Youngsters raise more than £11,000 for charity and other Neighbourhood News