‘Fantastic community spirit’ leads to Anglia in Bloom award for Waterlees StreetPride group

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 September 2017

Waterlees in Bloom litter pick: Organiser Jenna Bristow, Circle Housing's Jamie Gowler and Stella Dobbie, and organiser Chris Stevens. Picture: Steve Williams.

Waterlees in Bloom litter pick: Organiser Jenna Bristow, Circle Housing's Jamie Gowler and Stella Dobbie, and organiser Chris Stevens. Picture: Steve Williams.


“Fantastic community spirit” has led a StreetPride group in Wisbech to win an award.

Waterlees litterpick in JanuaryWaterlees litterpick in January

The Waterlees in Bloom StreetPride group won the ‘Best Urban Community’ award and received a silver gilt from the Anglia in Bloom competition.

Chris Stevens, manager of Oasis Community Centre and the Wisbech Community Development Trust, said: “The award was achieved by the combined efforts of different organisations and residents, to improve the Waterlees ward and impress the judges.

“We may have lacked lots of floral displays, even though we have increased the number who have taken part, introduced some large permanent planters around the ward and our only pub had a magnificent display, but the thing that impressed the judges most was the fantastic community spirit.

“This ward may be the most deprived in Cambridgeshire and in the top 10 per cent in the whole country, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t take pride in where we live and it shows that if you work well together, you can achieve great things.

“The partners involved were the staff and pupils at the Orchard Primary School, staff and children at the Spinney Adventure Playground, Rose Lodge staff and residents, The Locomotive Pub, residents of Twin Parks, who took time to show the judges some of their amazing gardens, John Campion for the flower bed on Lynn Road, PCSO Steve Staniforth for sponsoring one of our flower tubs, Bob Snow, a resident who donated a lot of the plants, Rebecca Robinette (Fenland District Council) who supported the Street Pride team, Maria Walker (Clarion) for bringing some new ideas and plans for the future, the Oasis Community Centre and the army of volunteers who have done sterling work on the ward, planting, litter picking and weeding.

“So this award is a great recognition of all their hard work and in creating a great vibe within the community.”

For more information about any of the activities happening at the Oasis Centre, contact Cherry or Jenna on 01945 46156.

Visit https://www.angliainbloom.co.uk/ for the full list of Anglia In Bloom 2017 winners.

More news stories

Two Cambridgeshire council leaders today call for Mayor James Palmer to come clean over the rapid – and surprise – departure of the £150,000 year chief executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Yesterday, 17:19

Half a million pounds could be ploughed into the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech to create a state-of-the-art fitness facility - at the cost of the indoor bowls club losing their hall.

Yesterday, 15:14

Concerns about “overcrowding” at HMP Whitemoor have been raised by Steve Barclay MP – less than a week after a protest about safety at the site.

Yesterday, 20:20

An SOS plea has gone out to find volunteers in Wisbech to befriend people feeling lonely and isolated.

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Wisbech Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy