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

Waterlees in Bloom litter pick: Organiser Jenna Bristow, Circle Housing's Jamie Gowler and Stella Do

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

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

Waterlees litterpick in January

Waterlees litterpick in January - Credit: Archant

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.”

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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.