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Norton In Hales Village Celebration Evening

Parishioners of Norton in Hales enjoyed the latest Village Celebration Evening held at the Jubilee Hall on October 1 st . The evening supported by the Parish Council is an annual event to celebrate the beauty of our village and the work that so many people put into the village as a whole as well as their own gardens. Councillor Peter Eardley (Chairman of the Parish Council) welcomed an audience of around 40 people and thanked the Village In Bloom Group and all associated with it for their hard work throughout the year. Ann Holland, Chair of the In Bloom Group then presented the awards for the Best Front Porch competition (results listed below), the first year that these awards have been made. Ann is now a National Judge for Britain in Bloom and went on to describe her first year in this role, travelling literally from North to South – St. Andrews to the Channel Islands.

This year’s guest speaker was Duncan Shough who presented the awards for Best Front Garden Competition (also listed below). He went on to give a fascinating talk about his 35 years of experience in the world of horticulture, providing the audience with a host of useful gardening tips along the way. A splendid buffet was provided by the Parish Council and their helpers as has been the case in previous years. It was good to see some of our newly arrived parishioners at this event and in the coming year it would be great to see even more people who have recently moved into the village using these functions as an opportunity to get to know their new neighbours and the village as a whole.

Best Front Porch Competition Results

1st Hazel Cottage

2nd 16 Pear Tree Croft

3rd 14 Napley Drive

Best Front Garden Competition Results


14 Napley Drive

4 Church Meadows

Hazel Cottage

Tudor Cottage

Pear Tree Cottage

Highly Commended

The School

Talbot House

Highfields Farm


1st Lavender Cottage

2nd North Lodge

3rd 8 Napley Road

Sue Walton, 3rd place for Front Porch and commended for Front Garden

Guest Speaker Duncan Shough with Parish Council Chair, Peter Eardley

Lyn Blackburn, Winner of the Front Garden Competition

Attendees at the event

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