Bray scoops gold at Britain in Bloom awards

Grace Witherden

Hard work has paid off for the Bray Enhancement Committee as the village has taken home gold in the regional Britain in Bloom awards.

The award was presented to the committee at St Mary’s Church in Amersham at the awards ceremony on Thursday, September 15.

Judges had visited Bray on Monday, July 18, to examine the villlage’s entry for this year’s regional competition which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxon.

Parish councillors Margaret Pierce and Sandra Kiely who are on Bray Enhancement Committee, travelled to the awards on Thursday.

Margaret said: “I was thrilled to receive the awards on behalf of the committee and for the community.

“The judges awarded us with a gold for our entry, best in category and a special award in horticulture.

“They liked our choice of plants, the range and the colours and the participation from the community. I could not be more pleased.

“We had the brownies, the guides and pre-schools involved as well as Jesus Hospital and commercial sponsorship. They said there was a strong community presence.

“The competition brings the community together.”

This year the colours in Bray were mauve, blue, burgundy, pink and white, which were decided by the enhancement committee.

Bray was up against Cuxham in South Oxfordshire in the small village category.

Julie Graham, who is also on the committee, said: “The report said we had high floral impact and strong community participation.

“They also noted how clean the village was which comes down to our community litterpick the night before.”

Chris Graham added: “It could not be possible without the residents of Bray, even though the committee organises it, it is the community which makes it successful.”

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