Help Greatham to look blooming

Greatham is blooming marvellous as the village wins gold in the Northumbria in Bloom competition. Pictured, from left, are: Ann Murray, Harry McIntyre, Brian Walker and Dorothy Clark.
Greatham is blooming marvellous as the village wins gold in the Northumbria in Bloom competition. Pictured, from left, are: Ann Murray, Harry McIntyre, Brian Walker and Dorothy Clark.

IT is all systems go in Greatham as the village prepares to welcome judges from a prestigious competition.

Volunteers have been working hard to make the place look its beautiful best as it once again enters Northumbria In Bloom.

Judges from the competition will be inspecting the village’s efforts when they arrive on Thursday morning.

The Greatham In Bloom committee, which spearheads the village’s entry, is asking residents to help by keeping their small part of Greatham spic and span.

Thursday’s visit follows April’s inspection which went well despite the unsettled weather.

Brian Walker, of Greatham In Bloom, said: “Once again please look around your home and your street and remove weeds and litter. We had enormous support for the spring judging for which we are very grateful. We would also thank Hartlepool Borough Council, who sent out teams to help prepare the village. Although the weather was very overcast Greatham looked lovely for the judge’s visit.

“Most impressive was that, despite the wind, we only spotted one piece of litter while showing the judges, Val Giles and Sophie Straker, around.

“Last year we retained our gold medal which is fantastic but more than the Northumbria in Bloom competition this is about keeping where we live a pleasant place to be with a community that obviously cares and takes pride in itself.”

Two community litter picks will also be held tomorrow at 10am and 6pm and all helping hands are welcome.

They will last around an hour and volunteers should meet at Greatham Community Centre in Front Street to get involved.