Greatham villagers pull out all the stops for Northumbria in Bloom

Northumberland in Bloom judges Tom Pattinson and Robert Germany(right) pictured with Brian Walker(left) and Dorathy Clark of Greatham Village.
Northumberland in Bloom judges Tom Pattinson and Robert Germany(right) pictured with Brian Walker(left) and Dorathy Clark of Greatham Village.

VILLAGERS have been pulling out all the stops as they get ready for judges from a community contest.

Greatham will undergo its summer inspection by judges from Northumbria In Bloom on Monday, July 14.

Local organisers say residents have got behind the village’s entry in the competition which celebrates its golden anniversary this year.

Volunteers have been busy planting flowers all over the village and working on community projects linked to the start of the First World War.

Dorothy Clark, chairwoman of Greatham In Bloom, which spearheads the village’s entry in the regional competition, said: “People who have never been involved before have done things.

“We did plead for a big push with it being the 50th year of Northumbria In Bloom, and people have really got behind us.

“It has been wonderful this year.”

A resident provided a rich variety of plants to add to the attractiveness of the village including poppies and species of plants that attract wildlife as requested by judges.

The village’s war memorial is also being tidied up as part of Greatham’s entry in the best village category.

A special service will be held at the memorial on August 4.

Afterwards people will be invited over the road to Greatham Community Centre where war memorabilia will be on display.

Locals are also producing a booklet on men named on the war memorial which will be provided to every household in Greatham.

A similar project was held several years ago to commemorate the Second World War.

Dorothy added: “It is all coming together very nicely. We are so proud of how people have supported us this year.

“Even if we don’t win, it is nice for the village and that is what we do it for.”

Next weekend, residents will be asked to join in community litter picks and encouraged to tidy up the area around their homes ready for the judges’ inspection on Monday.