Two of the Darley Dale in Bloom committee travelled to the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield last month to receive the news that the group had been awarded a Silver Gilt certificate this year in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. While it was disappointing to drop down from the Gold that had been awarded for the last three years, the committee were delighted that a richly deserved Judges’ Award had been made to Chris Townsend and her volunteers for the Peace Garden at St Helen’s church in Churchtown.

The results were announced to a packed audience of town councillors, representatives of the local business community, schools, other organisations, volunteers and supporters at the Darley Dale in Bloom Celebration Evening at the Whitworth Centre on 26 September. After a presentation of the group’s work, including mention of the proposed Sensory Garden in  the Whitworth park, the Silver Gilt certificate was presented to Mary Myers, the Mayor of Darley Dale and Chair of the Town Council and the Judges’ Award to Chris Townsend. The chair of the DDiB committee, Barbara Newton, also read through the judges’ recommendations and appealed for any help with areas such as the group’s Facebook page and website, and taking photographs of the beds and other displays, events etc throughout the year.

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