This week we have been focusing heavily on planning for the 30th July when judges Sandy Scott and John MacLennon will assess our efforts for the Coastal Village in Bloom competition for 2015. We submitted our portfolio on 26th June which outlines all the work which has been undertaken in each of the key areas of Horticulture, Environmental Responsibility and Commmunity Participation.
2015 was always going to be a bigger challenge than our 800th year as we had to develop and consolidate our work to ensure a strong and secure future for the village. The importance of this was brought home to us at the beginning of the year when a number of our core volunteers developed serious illness which limited their ability to participate. Having said that, all these men have fought back with great courage and determination and have remained very involved to the surprise of us all. In some cases their committment in all weathers has been so great we have worried that they have been doing too much. However, as with all the volunteers, their achievements have been immense and we could not have done it without them. So, this week saw us rehearsing our proposed tour with the judges and refining our timings etc. There is so much to tell them and so much to see that it is impossible in the time allotted for the judging. However, we will do our best to ensure that they see the very best of East Haven when they visit on the 30th.