Edwinstowe in Bloom (EiB) held its first committee meeting on 26th October and at that meeting made the decision to become a formal independent organisation. EiB has now been set up as an unincorporated association with a constitution, a bank account and policy and procedures.
Acting officers were elected to be ratified at the next AGM; they are now looking to recruit new members and asking everyone to show their commitment by completing the membership form and to pay a nominal fee of £3.00 per annum. You will still be able to volunteer without becoming a member, but you would not be involved in any decisions or able to vote at committee meetings. Membership forms will be available from Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre and the Parish Council Office or you will be able to download it from their Facebook page.
This month’s activities included the usual task of sorting out the flower beds for the winter and maintaining all the hanging baskets and planters. On 15th November EiB held a social gardening event with the aim to get people from the community involved in planting the bulbs purchased last month.
After the bulbs were planted, starting with the corner of Boy Lane, Edwinstowe, everyone retired to the Dukeries to have chat with fellow volunteers over a hot drink. EiB has decided that this is a way forward to make the work less of a chore and more of a social event.
Each year St Mary’s Church Edwinstowe holds a Christmas tree competition. This year the competition runs from 24th to 27th November and Edwinstowe in Bloom has decided to enter a Christmas tree. The tree will be a rustic tree from the forest, provided by the RSPB Sherwood Forest. In recognition of the achievement of winning a silver award in the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition in their first year, the tree will be decorated with silver ornaments.
EiB would like to wish everyone a really happy Christmas and hopes that 2023 is a good year for everyone.