A COMMUNITY campaign that encourages villagers to work together to improve where they live will launch next week.
Organisers of Greatham In Bloom will hold a coffee morning to kickstart this year’s campaign and generate interest among residents.
It will also raise money towards this year’s drive when Greatham hopes to win gold in Northumbria In Bloom which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Dorothy Clark, chairman of the Greatham in Bloom committee, said: “It is about having pride in your village or wherever you live.
“It is not just flower beds like it used to be, there is such a lot to it including recycling and general cleanliness.
“We have won something every year for a lot of years.
“We won a gold medal in jubilee year and we are hoping to win one for this year.
“If everybody does a little bit outside their door or in their street it makes a big difference.
“At judging time everyone rallies round and we are grateful for all the help we get.
“We have got to raise funds for what everything we have to buy and the coffee morning is to help with that.”
As part of this year’s campaign, a book commemorating Greatham’s First World War soldiers named on the village war memorial will be produced and delivered to every house in the village.
The war memorial will also be spruced up with bright planters.
The booklet follows a similar successful project to commemorate the Second World War several years ago.
The coffee morning takes place at Greatham Community Centre on Monday, April 7, from 10am too noon.
It will feature cake and gift stalls and a raffle.
Admission is £1 and includes the price of a coffee and a scone.
Greatham has entered Northumbria In Bloom since 1985.
Judges for the competition will visit the village on the Monday, April 10 in the morning.
Judge Val Giles, who is also secretary of Northumbria in Bloom, will return for a second year and will be accompanied by a trainee judge.