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Anglia in Bloom Seminar 2016 - Otley College, Ipswich

On Thursday 27th October, delegates from the 6 counties of the  Anglia in Bloom region will be attending the Autumn seminar and judges surgeries to be hosted and held at Otley College Charity Lane, Otley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9EY CLICK HERE FOR MAP LINK OF LOCATION


Above left and middle  - Anglia in Bloom Chairman Bob Ollier Welcomes delegates to the 2016 seminar generously hosted by Otley College

Above right - Anglia in Bloom President Brian Thornton thank hosts, delegates, speakers and sponsors for attending the 2016 seminar      Pictures by Terry Bane


Bob Ollier, Chairman of Anglia In Bloom welcomed everyone to the Autumn seminar and thanked Otley College, for supporting Anglia in Bloom and hosting our annual Seminar, Bob proudly emphasized to the 120 attending delegates that 2017 will be the 21st anniversary of Anglia In Bloom and although we are still in 2016 this Autumn seminar is the right time to get everyone thinking and preparing to work towards achieving Community, Horticultural and Environmental Excellence in 2017.


Above left  - Anglia in Blooms Joan Gibson and Julia Smith meet, greet and register Wisbech's Brian Massingham to the 2016 seminar generously hosted by Otley College

Above middle and right - Amberol's Jim Campbell gives a presentation about Hanging Baskets and Floral Containers       Pictures by Terry Bane

Bob said “We had a varied and most interesting program which all our delegates found interesting and informative, including PowerPoint presentations from Amberol’s Jim Campbell, international “Hanging Basket and Floral containers” supplier showing products in action with various communities across the Anglia region, UK and world, Simon White of Peter Beales Roses gave a presentation of “Simons Top Twenty Roses”, during lunch time Otley college’s Martyn Davy gave a guided tour around the campus.


Above left  - Peter Beales Roses Simon White talks to Norwich in Bloom's Jo Chiddick about rose pruning at the sponsors Trade Space

Above middle and right - Simon White gives a presentation about Simons Top Twenty Roses for Community Plantings      Pictures by Terry Bane

After lunch Alison Findlay from RHS Britain in Bloom Outreach gave a presentation about communities in the east of England who were helping “Greening Grey Britain” followed by Anglia in Bloom Judge Philip Fellar and Chair of Judges George Dawson presentation for entrants to understand “The Importance of Photographs During the Judging Process”, to manage and prepare photos of community activities and to demonstrate evidence, development and fruitful achievements of projects”.


Above left and middle - RHS Britain in Blooms Outreach Alison Findlay gives a presentation about Greening Grey Britain

Above right - George Dawson and Philip Fellar explain how to make the most of community photographs during the campaign judging process      Pictures by Terry Bane

In between the presentations Judges surgeries took place giving entrants the opportunity to speak to judges who visited their community during July, many questions were asked, judges provided feedback, suggestions and ideas of how improvements might be achieved for 2017.


During the seminar their was opportunity for the delegates to visit the Anglia Water Services Ltd and Barcham Trees Sponsors Trade Spaces to collect information and meet sponsors.

At lunch time delegates, speakers, sponsors and the Anglia in Bloom Team were treated to a personal tour of the campus and greenhouses.




Above left right and bottom - Martyn Davy takes Delegates on a tour of the Otley Campus                                                                                       Pictures by Terry Bane


Brian Thornton, President of Anglia in Bloom made a special thank you to our generous seminar sponsor and host Otley to Amberol for their long established sponsorship and support, Kingsley Health Care in their first year as a proud major sponsor and 2016 sponsors Anglia Water Services Ltd, Lubbe Lisse, Marketing Force Services and Persimmon Homes


The RHS Britain In Bloom 2016 Finalist Achievements

Bob Continued, I would also like to congratulate this years 2016 entries in the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Britain in Bloom competition, who achieved: 

(Urban Community) – Mancroft (Norwich) Silver Award
(Village) Fordham Silver Gilt Award

(Large Town) Wisbech Gold Award

(City) Colchester Silver Gilt Award

(Coastal) Great Yarmouth Silver Gilt Award


The Anglia in Bloom Trustees and Judges congratulate each community - Well done to you all, Anglia in Bloom are very proud of your achievements, The standard of Bloom entries in the Anglia region was again outstanding in 2016.


Norwich - Communities In Bloom 2016 International Challenge Finalist

The Anglia in Bloom Trustees and Judges wished Norwich every success in this years Communities in Bloom Finals with results being announced on Saturday 29th October, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and  Norwich achieved the maximum 5 Blooms (over 82%) and a Bronze award


The RHS Britain In Bloom 2017 Finalists

Bob Continued, we are pleased to announce that Anglia in Bloom’s entrants into the RHS Britain In Bloom 2017 Finals are to be:


(Urban Community) – Mancroft Ward (Mancroft in Bloom - Norwich)
(Village) Filby

(Town) Halstead

(City) Leighton Linslade

(Coastal) Hunstanton

(Business Improvement District) Norwich BID





OUR NEW CATEGORIES were a great success this year, we expect more entries in 2017 full details can be found at










We are also encouraging more Business to support their local Bloom communities and work together to make a BID (Business Improvement District) entries in 2017; we are delighted to send our first BID representative, Norwich to the national RHS Britain in Bloom Final 2017.


Please send your 2017 entries to Chair of Judges George Dawson

Entry Forms and Entry Fee details can be found at:


We Want Your Community To Join Our Environmental Campaign In 2017


During our judging each year we drive through many villages, towns and cities and see some great examples of community projects, attractive and clean shopping areas, well maintained housing estates, good landscaping and many displays of flowers, we regularly wonder why they are not entering and getting recognition for all their achievements, so we are asking for 2017 “Please Do Showcase Your Community In 2017”.

We are very keen to encourage new entrants, these can be Villages, Towns, Cities, Coastal resorts, Urban communities and just about any Community project across the whole of the Anglia region, we would like any interested community to get in touch and discuss the potential for their community to enter in 2017, we will be travelling across the Anglia region giving talks and presentations and advice to all who get in touch, “We want your community to showcase your proud achievements and be part of the wider Anglia in Bloom Community in 2017”


If Your Community Would Like To Be Part Of Our Bloom Family Please do contact:

Bob Ollier 077 033 24132 or email and/or

George Dawson on 01493 700394 or email




10.00am Arrival and Registration for 10.30am start


NB Delegates for the question and answer session please leave short questions on a card and hand in on arrival. We will try to answer all questions at the end of the seminar or by email at a later date.


Hot and cold drinks will be available from 10.00am and remain for self-service throughout the day.


10.30am Bob Ollier – Chair of Anglia in Bloom – Welcome, safety announcements and Seminar Overview.


10.35am Jim Campbell – Amberol – Hanging Baskets, Planters and other products in Action


11.00am Simon White – Peter Beales Roses – Simon's Top Twenty Roses


11.30am Judges Surgeries - A maximum of 10 minutes for each community with their judges


12.00 1.30pm Lunch was served with a choice of a roast with vegetables, vegetarian option, quiche and jacket potatoes plus a choice of hot or cold dessert.


12.00 - 1.30pm Tour of Otley College – Martyn Davey, Curriculum Quality manager for Land based studies, Otley and Easton Colleges


1.30pm Alison Finley RHS Britain in Bloom – Greening Grey Britain


2.00pm Managing, Preparing, Labelling and Getting Your Community Photos to Judges ON JUDGING DAY

                George Dawson – Anglia in Bloom Chair of Judges and Philip Fellar – Anglia in Bloom Trustee and Judge


2.30pm Trees Pest and  Diseases – Otley and Easton College Lecturer 


2.50pm Judges Surgeries


Question and Answer Session - Questions with Answers will be put on website to save time


3.25pm Announcement of the nominees representing the Anglia region in the 2017 RHS Britain in Bloom finals.


3.35pm Brian Thornton – President of Anglia in Bloom – Thank You to delegates, guests and speakers attending speech.


3.40 pm Finish





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