Another gold for bloomers

Portishead in Bloom committee with the gold flag awarded by South West in Bloom.

Portishead in Bloom committee with the gold flag awarded by South West in Bloom. - Credit: Archant

PORTISHEAD gardeners have struck gold in the Champion of Champions category in the South West in Bloom annual contest.

Ken Windibank with his Community Champion award.

Ken Windibank with his Community Champion award. - Credit: Archant

Members of Portishead in Bloom (PiB) returned triumphant from the regional awards ceremony in Trowbridge last week, after retaining gold medal status for the seventh year running.

In addition, long-term PiB volunteer Ken Windibank, was one of only four people in the South West to receive a special award for his dedication and contribution to the local community for the contest.

PiB chairman Sandy Tebbutt said: “I am delighted Portishead has retained its gold medal award and thrilled for Ken, whose years of dedication have been recognised by the judges.

“Once again we were up against some very stiff competition but all the hard work paid off and we are all very pleased the town can fly the gold flag once again.”

With the regional award under their belt, members of PiB are now waiting with baited breath for the results of the Britain in Bloom national competition, which will be announced on October 16.

* Portishead in Bloom is currently inviting nominations for the John Daws Cup which is given in memory of the late John Daws, one of the group’s founders.

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It is awarded to somone who has made an outstanding contribution to the town.

The cup will be presented at the group’s AGM which takes place at the Folk Hall in High Street on November 21 at 7.30pm.

The organisation is also currently seeking sponsorship for tubs and baskets in the town.

Nominations or sponsorship enquiries should be sent to Sandy Tebbutt at 45 Nore Road, Portishead, BS20 6JY, or by email to

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