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Crowds turn out for service at Peace Garden

Above and left, the unveiling of the Peace Garden in Bury St Edmunds.

Mariam Ghaemi
West Suffolk reporter

  A special place where people can come to remember the horrors of genocide and learn from the past has been opened in Bury St Edmunds.
  Crowds gathered at the new Peace Garden in the Abbey Gardens yesterday Holocaust Memorial Day for a service led by the Reverend Canon Matthew Vernon from St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
  The Memorial Garden Trust raised more than £11,000 for the project and the centrepiece of the new space is a one-and-a-half metre tall teardrop, a symbol of persecution and human suffering.
  For a number of years this location has been where a service has taken place to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
  Canon Vernon said: “We gather here each year to remember the Holocaust and other terrible acts of genocide and today we open our new Peace Garden.
  “This is a place to remember and
reflect, a place to learn from the past and a place to renew our commitment to building a better world, a place for all people who visit the Abbey Gardens.”
  He spoke of the importance of remembering the stories of people affected by Holocaust, including Eva Clarke who was born in a concentration camp in 1945.
  Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, said: “The Peace Garden, whenever you come here of course it brings back memories.
  “One thing we hope children will learn from history is to do better than we have done.”
  The Peace Garden also commemorates the murder of 57 Jews in the town on Palm Sunday, March 19, 1190.
  The garden, installed by Urban Forestry, includes 57 cobble stones – one for each victim of the 1190 massacre – and two benches.
  Children from Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary School and St James CEVA Middle School were involved in the service.

East Anglian - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blacksmith incorporates symbol of peace into new piece of art

Metal designers Nigel Kaines (left) and Kevin Baldwin, who are designing and making a new piece of public art for Bury St edmunds.

Mariam Ghaemi
West Suffolk reporter

A blacksmith has said he is “thrilled” to be given the chance to design a new piece of public art which will be at one of the gateways into Bury St Edmunds.
  Nigel Kaines, who has run Stowlangtoft-based Designs on Metal for 30 years, has come up with a design for a sculpture at the Mount Road/Lady Miriam Way roundabout at the edge of the Moreton Hall estate.
  He said working on public pieces was particularly rewarding.
  “Myself and Kevin Baldwin [who is also working in the project] are thrilled to be part of it,” he said.
  The brief was to include a B17 Flying Fortress plane as these heavy bombers were based nearby at Rougham Airfield during the Second World War. Mr Kaines, whose work in
Bury includes the crown at the Southgate Green roundabout, has come up with a replica of the iconic tail fin of the plane, while incorporat-ing a dove of peace. He said he thought of what people were fighting for as inspirition for his design.
  “I thought, surely, what was in the hearts of everyone fighting in the Second World War was that there would be peace and prosperity for their own families and the future of the country, and freedom.”
  The sculpture will be made from galvanised steel, but not all of it will be made in-house at the Stowlangtoft forge due to its size. The piece will be about 5.5m tall and 10m long.
  Bury-based Morrish and Partners engineers are working to ensure the sculpture is structurally sound. The scheme is a joint project between Bury St Edmunds Town Council and Bury in Bloom.

To donate, contact bury in bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser on 01284 766955.

East Anglian - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser with the statue of the wolf.

The statue of a wolf which is part of a Bury St Edmunds legend will be illuminated tomorrow to coincide with the town’s festive lights switch on.
  The wooden wolf sculp-ture and metal crown at the Southgate Green roundabout symbolise the tale of the wolf guarding the severed head of King Edmund, who became a saint.
  Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser said: “Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom are delighted that Bury St Edmunds Town Council and Suffolk County Council have funded the lighting of St Edmund’s wolf and crown on the Southgate Green rounda-bout which will be switched on
this St Edmund’s Day – November 20 – to coincide with the Christmas lights switch on.”
  According to the legend, after Edmund was killed in 869, a wolf guarded his severed head until it could be reunited with his body.
  St Edmund was the Patron Saint of England from 869 until 1350.
  The statue is carved in oak by Suffolk sculptor Ben Loughrill and the steel crown of St Edmund was forged by Stowlangtoft blacksmith and metal designer Nigel Kaines.
  The wolf sculpture project was co-ordinated by Bury in Bloom and the Bury Society.

East Anglian - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Design for new sculpture is unveiled

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The design of a new sculpture for Bury St Edmunds, with the view towards Bury

The design of a new sculpture for Bury St Edmunds can be revealed.

Bury in Bloom and Bury St Edmunds Town Council, which are working together on the project, have announced the design from local blacksmith Nigel Kaines from Designs on Metal at Stowlangtoft.

The steel sculpture, featur-ing the tail section of a B17 Flying Fortress bomber, is destined for the Mount Road/ Lady Miriam Way roundabout at Moreton Hall.

The square A on the tail fin denotes the 94th Bomb Group, which was stationed at Rougham Airfield from June1943 to December 1945.

Support from Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Rougham Tower Association, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Taylor Wimpey has already been pledged to the project.

We are now looking for further sponsorship from local businesses, councillors and, as interest has previously been shown by the public, we would like to invite anyone who wishes to do so, including those with a connection with the airfield, the chance to donate towards the project Please contact Melanie Lesser Bury in Bloom 01284 766955 or e-mail Melanie@buryinbloom.org.uk.

East Anglian - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dedicated Steve’s award a fitting tribute to Mike

Abbey Gardens head gardener Steve Burgess won the Mike Ames Award, named after the Anglia in Bloom founder member, pictured below.

The head gardener at Abbey Gardens brought home the Anglia in Bloom “Oscar” yesterday after winning the Mike Ames Award.
  Steve Burgess, 57, has been working for Abbey Gardens since 1984 and for the last 15 years as head gardener.
  The prestigious award was this year named after Mike Ames, the former Bury mayor, councillor and founder member of Anglia in Bloom who died earlier this year.

  Speaking before the ceremony, Mr Burgess said: “It was totally unexpected. It is excellent and a big achievement. It reflects the work of my team, the landscaping team and the site cleansing crews that all done
their bit.”
  Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, Melanie Lesser, said: “It is fitting that Steve won this award. Mike Ames was a big part of our town and it was a great way to remember him.
  Chair of the judging panel George Dawson said: “This award is like Anglia in Bloom’s Oscar. It is our most prestigious award and the winner is always kept a complete secret.
  “Mike Ames was very important to Anglia in Bloom as president so this year the award has been named after him.”
  Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom said: “Mike was a founder member of Anglia in Bloom in 1996, he will be missed by everybody, he was well known to all for his larger then life bow ties that he wore with his Green Anglia in Bloom blazer.
  “As Mike always said we must now move on, and so I am delighted and proud to announce that Anglia In Blooms new president is Brian Thornton.”

Awards glory for our glorious gardens

Matt Reason

Gardeners from across Suffolk and Essex are celebrating Anglia in Bloom success after months of green-fingered graft.
  The winners were announced yesterday at an awards ceremony in Gorlestonon-Sea, with Halstead failing to hold on to the overall award after holding it for two years running.
  Bury St Edmunds’ parks received high praise, with Gold for Nowton Park and Abbey Gardens, which also won the best newcomer award.
  The town also achieved a Silver Gilt award in the large town category, which is down from a Gold last year.
  This year saw the introduction of the Mike Ames Award, in memory of the former Bury mayor, who died earlier this year.
  Earning this award was Bury’s own Steve Burgess, head gardener at Abbey Gardens and servant of the town for 30 years.
  Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely delighted with Steve Burgess getting the Mike Ames award.
  “It has been a good year for Bury with Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park winning gold. We are obviously disappointed with the Silver Gilt.
  “We will have to try and find out what we could have done better and try and get back to Gold next year. I know a lot of other towns who were previously Gold were also surprised to find out they got Silver Gilt.”
  “We really were hoping after last year’s Gold to do it again this year, it is disappointing but that doesn’t mean we aren’t proud of our work.”
  Mrs Lesser, who lives on Albert Street, added: “We had far more volunteers this year with 150 to 200 people getting involved, which was brilliant.
  “The awards are a great credit to the Abbey Gardens Friends who show how good volunteer power can be. They go down and help out Steve and his team and have been brilliant for Bury.
  “It was a great tribute to Mike Ames, who obviously meant so much to Anglia and Britain in Bloom. His son Jonathan presented the award to Steve and all the judges were wearing colourful bow ties in memory of Mike.”
  Over in Sudbury the town equalled last year’s outing, earning Gold in the town category while Belle Vue achieved Silver Gilt in the small park category, down on Gold from last year.

  Chairman of Sudbury in Bloom Nick Irwin said: “I am very pleased with it. The judging criteria changes every year, which makes it very difficult to work out what the judges are looking for.
  “It is absolutely brilliant. It is great that we have got Gold again for the second year running, I am very pleased. “The people of Sudbury can hold their head up and be proud of the town and their efforts in helping us.”
  The 62-year-old, who lives in Melford Road, added: “Everyone worked very hard with a special thanks to the Town Hall staff and the members of public who went that extra mile to show their pride in the town.”
  Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “This year standards have continued on from last year with excellent awards achieved.
  “The outstanding community work, many resourceful projects and superb colourful displays have all added to these standards.
  “Continuing on from last year, the key to success has been community involvement where everyone pulls together, gets involved and then delivers.
  “Communities are also recognising the importance of sustainable displays coupled with good horticultural standards, delivering outstanding floral displays.

  “I wish to congratulate all the communities and neighbourhoods in the East of England, for the enthusiasm, commitment and effort made to improve, develop and sustain local environments across our region, it is a great credit to you all.”
  Julia Smith, secretary of Halstead in Bloom, which won a Gold award and best town, said: “We are thrilled to bits. It is a great achievement to get a Gold award and best town again.
  “We are never confident, we knew we had done our best and we had to hope it was good enough, and the judges thought it was.
  “We have just had the judges’ report and it was excellent. There were no areas for improvement so we were very pleased about that. All we can do is keep trying to do our best.”
  Colchester also managed to scoop a Gold award. Dave Harris, secretary of Colchester in Bloom, said: “We are over the moon we have got Gold again. Getting Gold every year is no mean achievement, it takes a lot of work.
  “It is good to know we have been recognised as holding our head up. I am skipping with joy.
  “Castle Park is the jewel in our crown and I really think we can hold it up nationally as a treasure, and for that accolade I am not surprised but it’s nice to know it has been recognised.”

Anglia in Bloom awards ceremony at the Ocean Room in Gorleston.

  In Woodbridge, mayor Geoff Holdcroft said he was “absolutely delighted” by news of a silver gilt award from Anglia in Bloom judges for the town’s Elmhurst Park.
  The town council shared its pride following the announcement in the small park category, which rewards spaces up to 10 acres.
  Elmhurst Park was also included in this year’s list of Green Flag award winners by the Keep Britain Tidy group.
  It was the 13th successive year that the park – the only directly managed town council park in the UK – had been given the national standard award for green spaces.
  Town clerk Chris Walker said the award complemented all the hard work put into the park’s horticulture and staging of public events.
  Halesworth is celebrating earning Gold this year, after a Silver Gilt in 2013. Town council chairman Annette Dunning said: “It’s amazing, it’s really good.
  “Congratulations to Tamsyn Imison (Halesworth in Bloom co-ordinator) and her fantastic team.”
  Last year the team won a Silver Gilt, but managed to go one better this year.
  Mrs Dunning added: “It’s fantastic news, we had no idea. It’s been lovely to come and see them win it, they’ve worked hard for it.”
  This year’s overall winner was Norfolk village Filby, which picked up several awards on the day.
  Frinton in Bloom won the gold award in the Best Small Town category. Chairman David Foster said: “It is a good team effort by the volunteers; all individuals but backed by local and district councils to help us achieve this gold award.
  “The judges from Anglia in Bloom felt Frinton on Sea had colourful and diverse garden displays, and is well supported by the community making Frinton on Sea an enticing location for the discerning visitor and a pleasant area for the residents.”

East Anglian - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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