THE three Lockwood ward villages, Moorsholm, Stanghow and Lingdale have again achieved gold medal standard, and together with the small village of Margrove Park, who achieved a silver, Lockwood Parish villages just about swept the board in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom.
And as if things couldn’t get any better at the recent presentations in Guernsey, Stanghow were declared winners in the national Britain in Bloom Competition, equalling their 2010 success. This is what the citation said about Stanghow’s gold medal: “The remarkable thing about visiting this small village is that absolutely every property and road is visited as part of the tour; nothing is hidden, all is on view – and every front garden is beautifully gardened.
.”Your outstanding work has increased the grant funding from the Parish Council, and has had huge influence on neighbouring villages by also getting them into Bloom. This small village is a wonderful example of just how powerful Bloom can be”
Lockwood ward councillor, Steve Kay said: “As Redcar & Cleveland Councillor for Lockwood ward in East Cleveland, I congratulate all three villages I represent for their magnificent successes in Northumbria in Bloom. Incredibly, Moorsholm, Stanghow and Lingdale beat off fierce competition from all points in the North East and again covered our area in glory.”
At the annual Awards Ceremony at Spennymoor, all winners collected their prestigious awards from Lady Elsie Robson, widow of former England and Newcastle manager, Sir Bobby.
Moorsholm won gold and came top of the medium-sized village category, retaining the Wansbeck Trophy, which they won for the first time last year.
Stanghow again reached gold standard and top place in the small village category. In doing so, they picked up the BBC Radio Newcastle Trophy for the fifth year in succession; the first time this feat has been achieved. Stanghow resident and ‘in Bloom’ stalwart, June Murray, was the deserving winner of the President’s Award for her outstanding voluntary work.
The judges commented: “The Resident Association works hard to keep the village in an immaculate condition,” and said: “The seating areas throughout the village are surrounded by first class sustainable planting and annual bedding and have spectacular and breathtaking views.”
Secretary of Stanghow Residents’ Group, June Murray was surprised and delighted to be awarded an individual Trophy, receiving the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Private Individual to Northumbria in Bloom.
June said: “Stanghow’s success is the achievement of the dedication of everyone on the village working together to keep Stanghow looking good all year round.”
Lingdale, remarkably, achieved three gold medals. The village as a whole took gold in the large village category and won a special gold medal for its unique Wildlife Meadow (on the site of the former shale heap.)
In addition, Lingdale Primary School achieved gold and was joint winner of the Cowell’s Garden Centre Trophy in the schools’ Growing Together category. Lingdale also took silver-gilts for the United Reformed Church garden and the horticultural contributions of East Cleveland Motors and Moorcock Row. Resident Gloria Robinson and Coast & Country tenant advisor, Clare Taylor, won certificates for their outstanding ‘in Bloom’ contributions to the village.
Mike Jefferson, Chairman of the Lingdale Lift Off Community Group said: “This is thanks to the outstanding efforts made by more and more residents and businesses taking pride and introducing floral displays as well as actively assisting our community group to maintain the image of our village.”
Kevin Wilson, Neighbourhood Manager for Loftus & Lockwood Wards said: “A very well done in terms of yesterday’s award ceremony. Lockwood villages appear to have ‘swept the board’ once again and then a bit more too.
“On behalf of the Neighbourhood Team, I’d just like to say that you are all a pleasure to work with.”
Ian Solomon chairman of Lockwood Parish Council told Coastal View: “What an amazing achievement for Lockwood and the people who work so hard and take such pride in the appearances of the villages where they live. Well done to everyone involved, you have made us all proud.”
Steve Kay added: “Lingdale, Stanghow and Moorsholm have a joint population, including children, of just 2,000, yet, year after year; these three neighbouring Lockwood villages continue to set a standard admired throughout the North East and beyond. I am proud to represent the magnificent people who freely give up their time to enhance our area. Well done to them all.”