IT MAY have been bucketing down on Tuesday morning but Studley was shining as the Britain in Bloom judges inspected the village as part of the hotly contested competition.
Studley in Bloom chairperson Gill Liebthal admitted her heart had sank at 7am when she saw a pile of litter by the bus stop opposite the Tesco store, but the Bloom team of volunteers quickly cleared the area up and gave the village the once over ready for the arrival of judges Geraldine King and Andrew Jackson.
Not only that but Stratford district council also played its part by sending the road sweeper round to make sure the village looked its best.
“It went really well – obviously we won’t know anything until October, but we had lots of positive feedback and there were lots of things they were impressed with,” said Gill.
“They were astonished at the amount of traffic on the A435 though.”
And she praised everyone who had helped make the day go so well, from the volunteers and sponsors to the ladies of of the Daytime WI who once again put on a splendid lunch for the judges, and provided them with enough provisions to keep them going to their next port of call that day, in Preston.
However the work of Studley in Bloom isn’t over.
“We will carry on, we won’t stop and come the end of this month we will put in our order for winter plants and on we go,” said Gill.