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Tree vandals strike on Mitchell Brow.

Over the weekend of 22nd July a 12 year olld oak tree and a couple of cherry trees were cut down by vandals. These trees are thin the Dalston Consedrvation Area, to this constitutes an offence, which has been reported to the police. Click here to view the damage.

May 2016

Jubilee Garden

Planting of the Bee and Butterfly Bed

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May 2016

Hugely successful Plant Sale organised by Dalston Gardening Club


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May 2016

Painted Bus Shelter

Dalston Scouts have made an excellent job of painting the bus shelter on the west side of The Green.

Thank you to the organisers

May 2016

New Planters at Entrance to the Forge

Due to the generosity of two Friends of Dalston in Bloom we have been able to purchase the above planters which have been positioned close to the entrance to The Forge. These have been planted by Bobby and Anne Nichol with plants provided by local residents

May 2016

Dalston Mill Race Tidy-Up

Work has started on tidying-up the northern end of the Dalston Mill Race. We have not received permission yet to actually go into the stream and dig out the mud and rubbish which has accumulated over the years. However, the Environment Agency, who have their hands full with the flood work in Carlisle and elsewhere in the County, will we hope come and visit before too long, allowing us to apply for a licence to do more work. In the meantime, Alan Dinning, Steve Withers, Ann McKerrell, Ronnie Auld and Pat Jackson along with contractor Ronnie Wilkinson, made huge progress along the margins on Friday 13th May 2016.


May 2016

Our Commerative Flowering Cherry is in full bloom

Go and see it - it is in the Churchyard


Station Gardeners in Full Swing

This year our Station Gardeners have made a wonderful start to the season with this fabulous bed of tulips which really brighten-up our platforms.

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Picture by David Wilcock

Baker's Celebration window - wonderful Crown by Craig Mitchell

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Celebrations in Dalston

Dalston residents came out in force for the 8.30pm lighting of the Beacon, on Thursday April 21st 2016, which was part of a chain of nearly 1000. The first beacon was lit by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle. Dalston's highly experienced team of bonfire and firework display presenters from Dalston Recreation Association, helped by many more volunteers such as Peter Ebbatson, Ian Newton and others put on a great show on The Green.

Fireworks on the Green

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Open night - Wednesday 13 April

ON Wednesday 13th April as part of our 20th Birthday celebrations, we held an Open Night in the Victory Hall, inviting guests to join us.

Our demonstrator was the always popular Patti Dawson from Morlands, Penrith, who held the attention of everyone as she weaved her magic with her flowers, creating exquisite displays. Colours ranging from deep red roses combined with the emerald green of chrysanthemum, springlike blossom with tulips, exotic orchids, lilies, and many more blooms played a part in her creations.

After the flowers the Club members served a substantial supper buffet, the chatter and laughter of everyone filling the hall.

I would like to thank everyone for the part they played in making the night the great success it was.

Pam Coke - Chairman

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Pictures by Liz Auld

Dalston in Bloom - Britain in Bloom Volunteers Coffee Morning - St Michaels 19th March 2016

The Dalston in Bloom Steering Group held a very successful coffee morning to raise awareness about Dalston's entry into the 2016 Britain in Bloom competition in the Large Village category.

This event was very well supported by Dalstonians with over 100 attending between 10am and 12 noon.

30 of the attendees put their names on a volunteer register for future contact.

Ronnie Auld, the Steering Group Chairman, outlined what will be involved. He was assisted by Alan Dinning (Mill Race), Stuart Hudson (Gardening Club), Cynthia Millar (Station Project) and Liz Auld (Cumbria in Bloom). Some money was raised for St Michaels and Dalston in Bloom, although money rasing was not the main objective.

With grateful thanks to Dalston Bakery who provided the most delicious scones which were enjoyed by all. Thanks also to the ladies of the Steering Group who made the coffee and kept everyone replenished.

9th March 2016 - Heard that Dalston annual recyled compost from green bins etc. is 30 tonnes. Fantastic. Some of that will be coming back in to Dalston for Britain in Bloom.

9th February 2016 Just added a Twitter account to Dalston in Bloom. Anyone wanting to Tweet about Dalston in Bloom, then use the Tweet button on the navigation bar above.

2nd February 2016 A meeting of the Dalston in Bloom Steering Committee was held at Forge Green.

29th January 2016 - The Dalston Festival AGM was held in the Bridge End Inn. Alan Dinning, Chairman announced that the theme for the 2016 Festival would be Britain in Bloom. As well as the annual scarecrow competition, there would be two other competitions - decorated garden gates and wheelbarrows. Ronnie Auld gave a very brief outline of the BiB competition and announced that he was extremely hopeful that judging would take place during the Festival week (confirmation will come in a few weeks when the RHS has worked out the judges schedule).

RHS Finalists Seminar Birminham - this event was held in Thorpe Hall, Birmingham on Thursday 29th January 2016. Ronnie Auld reported and Liz Auld had attended this event in Birmingham on the 28th. Liz was representing Cumbria in Bloom as well as Dalston.

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