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SEATON: Now let’s go for gold

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

URSULA Makepeace has made a passionate plea to the residents of Beer to help the village win gold in the 2014 Britain in Bloom competition. The chairwoman of the Beer Horticultural Society, who is also a parish councillor, has sent an open letter to villagers asking for their support to make sure Beer looks its best when the competition judges arrive on July 2nd. “They (the judges) are very critical and want to see Beer in pristine condition,” said Mrs Makepeace. “It would be very helpful if you could tidy up and remove all weeds outside your patch, i.e. front garden or patio and your part of the pavement. “Kevin (Hale) is ultimately responsible for keeping the area of the route weed-free but it would be wonderful if you assist him. The rest of the village and I would also be very grateful.” The judges will spend almost three hours in Beer beginning their inspection at 10am at Pecorama before taking in Beer Church of England Primary School. They will then continue down Causeway towards the Alms Houses before heading into the centre of the village and onto the seafront for a visit to the Fine Foundation Centre and Charlie’s Yard. The inspection tour will end at the Dolphin Hotel for a presentation and the chance to meet members of the community and Beer Horticultural Society. Last year Beer was awarded a Silver Gilt Certificate by the Britain in Bloom organisers, a decision that Mrs Makepeace criticised and felt did not reflect the efforts made by people in the village. For a while she was ready to quit the competition but, after meeting the judges and with the support of fellow parish councillors and members of the public, decided to give it one more go in 2014. Since then she and her team have been busy in the village and on Thursday morning (May 29th) will be planting all the containers in Fore Street.

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