Pateley Bridge goes for gold once again

Pateley Bridge in Bloom

2:13pm 13th July 2017
(Updated 2:24pm 13th July 2017)

Pateley Bridge has dug deep to impress judges in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

On Monday afternoon, they were welcomed at the Methodist Church by Air Commodore Simon Bostock, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, who is also a resident of Nidderdale.

Keith Tordoff, Chairman of Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, then introduced other members of the welcoming party, including the Mayoress of Pateley Bridge, Veronica Hawkesworth, and Jack Mears, who was honorary guest as previous Chairman of Pateley Bridge and Bewerley in Bloom.

Also present were the Reverend Mike Poole and his wife, Julia, along with Pateley Bridge Town Councillor Tony Brown, Karen Mills from Harrogate Borough Council, Kirsty Shepherd and Tim Ledbetter from Niddedale Chamber of Trade.

Pateley Bridge in Bloom

Members of Pateley Bridge in Bloom with the competition judges

The 1940s coach, which used to run between Ripon and Pateley Bridge, took the party to St Cuthbert's Primary School, where they were met by Headteacher Lynette Brammah, Liz Milner from Nidderdale AONB and pupils who have been involved in gardening projects.

The judges were introduced to Aisha Lewin, the winner of the logo design competition for the Pateley Bridge in Bloom bid.

After inspecting the children's work, which included recycled planters with floral displays including one in a toilet, the judges got back on the bus and headed to Bewerley.

At Bewerley Grange Chapel, they were met by Dan Fletcher, Chairman of Bewerley Parish Council, and Bewerley Parish Councillor Roger Newson-Smith, as well as other members of the council and residents.

The judges were shown the improvements made by volunteers from Bewerley in what had been a very short space of time.

The bus then took the party back to Pateley Bridge, where the judges were particularly impressed by herb pots on display at Spar.

Next stop was Dacre Son & Hartley Estate Agents, which has supported the Pateley Bridge in Bloom group with a large financial contribution towards its bid.

In Kings Court, the party enjoyed tea, coffee and cakes courtesy of Donna and Julie from Just Delicious.

The judges were mightily impressed with the flower biscuits specially made for the occasion.

Before leaving the courtyard, Yvonne from Swish Flowers presented the judges and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant with bouquets.

One of the judges commented that she had never been presented with flowers on an inspection before and it was "a lovely touch".

The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant then said that he would take them home for his wife, saying that he had bought them for her - we think he was joking.

Pateley Bridge in Bloom

A special presentation in Kings Court

The party next visited Simone Galleries, where Heather Simone had put on a special display of floral paintings which everyone took time to admire.

Walking up the High Street, the party met business owners who had stayed open late, including Angela Stocks from Serendipity and her son, Andrew, who had both spent many hours making ribbons and then decorating buildings around town.

At Kendall's Butchers, the judges had their taste buds tickled by the special 'Yorkshire in Bloom' pork pie on display in the window.

The judges said that they were impressed by the number of businesses which had got behind the bid and sponsored planters with floral displays on the High Street.

Once back at the Methodist Church, Keith Tordoff thanked the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for supporting their bid, the judges for coming and also the many people who had volunteered and made Pateley Bridge and Bewerley look the best that they have been for many years.

The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant was then asked to say a few words to close the day and judging.

He said that he had to remain impartial, but that Pateley Bridge is "the best place in God's Own Country".

The winners of Yorkshire in Bloom will be announced in York on Tuesday 12 September.

Pateley Bridge in Bloom

A blooming marvellous pie

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