Stowmarket Town Council: Ready, Stow, Grow!

The Stowmarket Town Council discuss their Ready, Stow, Grow competition and we catch up with the Town's Mayor

As summer approaches, we’ve decided to launch a garden competition for Stowmarket.

Ready, Stow… Grow! is open to all our residents, businesses and community groups whether you’ve got a back garden nature reserve or terrariums in jam jars. Send us photos of your green-fingered creations to be in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes!

There are seven competition categories to enter:

  • Hanging baskets, pots and troughs
  • Community and communal gardens
  • Wildlife and eco gardens
  • Large gardens
  • Little gardens and patios
  • Edible gardens
  • Young gardeners (under 16s)

Send your photo entries and a short description of what is shown in the picture to via email or by 5pm on Sunday 11 July. Please send only one entry per category and state your name, contact details and the category you wish to enter. If you’re not sure which category matches your entry, feel free to drop us an email on the same address.

We are very lucky to have prizes kindly gifted by Emma’s Florist, an independent Ipswich-based florist and plant shop based that attends our Thursday market every week with their now-famous horsebox, Bessie. Judging will commence after the July deadline so don’t worry if you don’t hear from us until the end of July. To keep up to date with further Ready, Stow… Grow competition announcements and other town council news follow us
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A Word From Your Mayor

As I write this month, the weather remains unusually cold for the time of year, but there are occasional glimpses of warmer times ahead. Stowmarket, like all other towns, has sprung back into life, with non- essential retail opening its doors again. What a relief! We have reached another milestone in the lockdown easing and it’s great to see the market offering a full choice again with non-essential traders returning. Alongside retail reopening, this has made a noticeable increase in footfall in town.

After much hard work by all involved, The Regal has opened its doors to filmgoers once more and David Marsh and the team look forward to welcoming you back to the venue. There are films to suit everyone’s interest in the programme. I have had the privilege to see the site on several occasions during the building works and have taken a keen interest in the development. It’s a fantastic transformation blending the old and the new. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project, the building does do our town proud!

Councillor Keith scarff (pictured with his wife sarah)

Moving forward once again, those of you who are keen gardeners might try entering the town council’s Ready, Stow… Grow! competition which you can read about above. Why not have a go, we would love to see what you green-fingered residents are up to. Good luck with your entries!

Finally, Sarah and I are pleased to announce that our first event that can go ahead will be on July 31 at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre. We are using a static bike to ride 75km between us to raise funds for my two mayoral charities, Mid Suffolk Citizens Advice and Red Gables Volunteer Centre.

Would you consider sponsoring us?

We have set ourselves a target of £1,000. Whether we can reach this will be up to our sponsors, but we are looking forward to the challenge.

Look out for the launch of our fundraising page via the town council website and social media platforms in due course.

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