Riverside, Summer 2016

Map of our displays & work


Working party. Tuesdays at 9.30am. Ring Jackie on 592336 if you would like to join us






100 Club winners and application form



RHS Britain in Bloom Judging Guidelines



Sponsorship. Businesses and individuals support us by sponsoring our floral displays.

  Upton in Bloom mugs  
20th Planting boats & barrels
11th We took Tomato plants for Upton Pre-School children to plant
6th Planting troughs and lamp post baskets at Cornerways Nursery, Twyning
2nd 1st 'crop' from the Library beds
Upton Library
30th The Duck Race at Folk Festival
Anstey Morris
29th & 30th Lower High Street, selling ducks for the Duck Race. Race at 5pm 30th  
18th Planting herbs, Tomatoes & Runner Beans in the Library beds
Upton in Bloom
15th Giant Easter Egg Draw
Easter draw
11th Tidying the Tudor House Museum garden
7th Selling Giant Easter Egg Draw tickets
4th The Queen's 90th Birthday tree
The Queen's Tree
4th We weeded along the riverside.
Upton in Bloom
2nd Trip to the National Memorial Arboretum
NMA trip
31st We attended the Heart of England in Bloom Spring Seminar at Malvern Cube.  
28th Tidied Hanley Road riverside beds.
Upton in Bloom
21st Sowed seeds in the Library beds and tidied Fisherman's Alley
Upton in Bloom
14th We split more Snowdrops and cut down the ornamental grasses above the Old Bridge Abutment
Upton in Bloom
7th We split the Snowdrops on the Old Churchyard & tided the centre bed
Old Churchyard
4th Great British Spring Clean Over 25 people came to help picking litter in Hanley Road car park and it's environs. Lots of litter collected, although not as much as last year's 'Clean for the Queen', probably because there haven't been any floods since then. Scouts took part as a contribution towards their 'Community Service' badges.
The Great British Spring Clean
27th The bulbs we planted in Hanley Road beds are flowering.
21st We cleared the second Library bed  
15th Upton in Bloom's trip in the Malvern Gazette  
14th We started work on the beds outside the Library in preparation for planting vegetables.
11th We tidied the courtyard at the Tudor House Museum in preparation for a visit by Google photographers on Wednesday 15th.  
31st We weeded the bed on the Old Churchyard, then dead-headed the riverside barrels  
17th Working party weeding along the length of the flood wall  
13th We are featured in a Taylor Wimpey promotional booklet
Taylor Wimpey
11th Ye Olde Anchor Inn Hamper Draw  
10th We planted more Woodland Trust trees on the Picnic Area  


  2016 Review  
24th The Anchor Inn Hamper draw at approximately 12 noon  

Christmas Hamper draw

  Memorial Tree  
16th Bingo at the Social Club, raised a total of £170. Thank you to all who organised it and those who took part.  
13th Our 2016 Awards were put into the cabinet in the Council Chamber at the Memorial Hall  
  We planted ferns in a shady spot in Fisherman's Alley. Also Euphorbia, Heuchara, Anemones, Rudbeckia, Euonymus, Daffodils & Dwarf Iris in Hanley Road beds.
10th Selling Christmas Hamper tickets in High Street.
26th Christmas Market - Our new mugs, made locally in Longdon, were on sale  
25th Tree planting in the Malvern Gazette  
22nd We moved plants in the bed by the Willow tree to make the bed, which is very dry, smaller. The emptied area will be sown with grass seed.


16th Tree Planting Event  
27th RHS Britain in Bloom results in the Malvern Gazette  
26th Upton in the Malvern Gazette  
25th With a donation from one of our supporters to buy bulbs, we bought 300 Crocus, 100 Winter Aconite and 50 Dwarf Iris which we planted in Hanley Road beds this morning.  
20th Annual General Meeting. 7pm in The Anchor Inn. All welcome!  
18th Press Release from the RHS about Britain in Bloom  
17th The awards & ceremony  
14th Upton was awarded a Silver gilt at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony. We were also awarded 'Overcoming Adversity' award, and Jackie was awarded 'Community Champion Award'. A great night for Upton in Bloom!
Britain in Bloom
20th We cleared the riverside troughs and saved the compost to spread on Hanley Road beds later in the year.  
15th Lovely celebration dinner, courtesy of Pundits! Thanks to Sultan for dinner & the photo.  
  RHS Heart of England Awards Ceremony in Aldridge  
10th A rather nice review about the town on TripAdvisor, which includes: "Upton Upon Severn is a pretty place with lots of flower baskets & nice architecture plus a marina with boats for sale (checked those out for our adventure in 2017, boating along the French canals. Upton is well worth a visit, as is the Swan. Note: Upton is a finalist in the Britain in bloom competition or similar & it shows. Very pretty."  

RHS Britain in Bloom judging

Judging in the Malvern Gazette

14th Heart of England in Bloom Judging on Tuesday went very well, in spite of the rain! One of the judges exclaimed 'Oh wow!' at her first sight of the barrels on the riverfront! Thank you to everyone who took part speaking to the judges as we took them on a tour of the town and were on the Old Churchyard to welcome them at the end of the tour. And thank you to Claire at The Anchor Inn for a lovely buffer. Results in September. Next judging on 2nd August - RHS Britain in Bloom. Report in the Malvern Gazette  
12th RHS Heart of England in Bloom judging.  
3rd Cromwell returns After an absence of a year, Cromwell is back on the Old Churchyard. Planted by Brian Williams, transported by Trevor and Dom Jeynes, lifter into position by Mick Panes - thank you all.  
June Lots been done, not much time for reporting.  
19th Planting troughs and lamp post baskets at Brian's nursery  
17th Tidying grass edges on the Old Churchyard  
14th We paid our second visit to the Tudor House Museum  
10th We started cutting the grass edges on the Old Churchyard, but were rained off!  
27th The riverside barrels were moved for the Folk Festival, and moved back on May 4th  
26th We tidied the Mahonia bed on the riverside  
25th The Cherry tree we planted for The Queen's 90th Birthday is flowering  
23rd We remembered 2nd Lieutenant Wyndham Alexander Smith who was killed in action on 23rd April 1916 at 11am in the Old Churchyard  
22nd Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Observer  
21st We planted a tree to celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday  
13th Lots of interest in our posts on Facebook yesterday  
12th We cleared moss and mud from the bridge footpaths  

Some pictures from our morning at the Tudor House Museum

We have volunteered to help with the courtyard garden at the Tudor House Museum and will be there from about 9.30am

5th We added lots of wildflower seeds to the area on Hanley Road where we've had wildflowers growing for a couple of years  
29th Today we tidied under and around the noticeboard on Hanley Road, weeding the bed & footpath and doing some pruning. We then went over the road to the Hanley Road beds to do some more tidying.  
26th We held our Giant Easter Egg Draw  
  We visited Countrywide Upton for a couple of hours  
15th Moved Cyclamens from riverside barrels to plant under a Poplar tree on Hanley Road  
8th Tidied the grass verges at the top of Fishermans Alley  
5th We collected 22 bags of litter in our Clean for The Queen litter pick  
1st We tidied the new bed in Fishermans Alley  
23rd We removed a lot of Ivy from a Yew tree in the Cemetery  
  Press release in the Malvern Observer  
16th Press release in the Worcester News  
  Press release in the Malvern Gazette  
  Press release regarding the RHS Britain in Bloom Finals 2016  
12th One of our volunteers, Maggie, litter-picked either side of Tunnel Hill for our Clean for The Queen campaign  

We tidied the Hanley Road beds.

We were photographed by a Malvern Hills District Council photographer to publicise our Clean for the Queen litterpick on Saturday 5th March. Photo Poster

2nd We weeded the footpath alongside the flood wall on the riverside.  
30th We remembered Private Francis Cyril New who was killed in WW1 on 30th January 2016  
28th Brian Williams and Jackie attended the RHS Britain in Bloom Finalists Seminar in Birmingham today. We got there for about 9.30am and had an interesting time. We covered portfolios and route planning, with a lovely lunch between, and came home with some good ideas for our entries in both the Heart of England in Bloom & Britain in Bloom this year. There are 72 entries in Britain in Bloom from as far apart as Guernsey and Scotland - Upton upon Severn is the only entry from Worcestershire and one of only four from the Heart of England, which covers six counties.  
26th We joined residents concerned about the amount of dog mess in Upton  
  We cleared ivy and elderberry from a grave and gravestones in the Old Churchyard  
12th We cleared Dunns Lane and Severn Drive of weeds  
9th The Anchor Inn Christmas Hamper  
19th 'All you need for Christmas' draw  
  Memorial Tree lights and dedications  
16th Together with our volunteers and partners, we held our Christmas Party at The Anchor Inn. A lovely meal and great company made for a very enjoyable evening. Thanks to Grahame, Claire and their staff.  
12th Selling tickets for 'All you need for Christmas' draw outside the old bank from 9.30am  
15th Memorial Tree lights were installed. Dedication form  
  We planted more Daffodils in the bed by the Willow tree and continued tidying all the beds. Now finished until the New Year!  
11th The new barrels were delivered to Brian yesterday. Today we placed, filled and planted with Cyclamens.  
10th Selling tickets for The Anchor Inn Christmas Hamper draw in aid of Upton in Bloom. We made £70  
8th Our cheque presentation from Cemex UK is in the Malvern Gazette and the Worcester News  
  We planted 100 Crocus, 50 mini-Daffodils and 6 different Hostas in the bed near the bus stop on Hanley Road. We then cut down the flowering stems on the Stipa gigantea (giant grasses).  
5th Upton Social Club held a Bingo evening for us. They raised £82 from the Bingo and £90 from the raffle. There were a lot of lovely prizes donated for the raffle. Thank you to everyone who organised and took part.  
1st We pruned the roses in the Diamond Jubilee Rose Bed in the Old Churchyard; tidied the bed outside the Old Churchyard and weeded and tidied the beds on Hanley Road.  
28th Memorial Tree poster  
27th Cheque presentation by Ian Southcott of Cemex UK for new riverfront barrels  
  Our 2015 Review  
24th We planted perennials in a couple of places  
23rd We have applied for £300 from the 'Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund' and need people to vote for us. You can vote here  
20th San & Julie, 'Sisters by Design' rescued our resident white duck today and removed fishing line from her leg. We gave them with an Upton in Bloom Award for Services to Ducks!  
17th We planted Daffodil & Crocus bulbs  
8th We took part in the Remembrance Day parade & service  
7th A leaflet from Malvern Hills District Council asking people to report dog mess  
3rd We personalised our new watering van 'Basil'  
24th Planting winter displays. The bridge troughs  
22nd Clearing plants from riverside barrels - leaving the Swiss Chard. 9ish  
20th We moved the display boat on the Old Churchyard to a position that will make it easier to maintain. Thank you to all volunteers!  
19th All week - clearing displays ready for winter planting.  
17th Our volunteer Annabelle refurbished the High Street sign.  
14th At our AGM, Jackie Surtees was elected Chairman, Simon Wilkinson Treasurer and Andrea Oliver Secretary. All members of the Committee agreed to remain. We held a small raffle of prizes mostly donated by members, and raised £50. Thanks to attendees and customers at the Anchor Inn. Barbara Hartley gave us a cheque for £200 which she raised from contributions thrown into the bowl in her garden in Dunns Lane and some donations - Barbara's best year yet and we are extremely grateful to her.  

A lovely letter in the October Upton News. Thanks Monica!

30th We said goodbye to Florrie, our watering van  
29th Moving Aubretia to the Old Bridge Abutment  
24th Upton Primary School awarded Silver Gilt in the RHS Heart of England in Bloom School Gardens competition  
23rd Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette  
22nd Edging footpaths in the Old Churchyard  
18th Took part in a photo-shoot for the Malvern Observer.  
15th Planned to edge footpaths in Old Churchyard, but it was too wet so we deadheaded roses and started tidying the bed in the middle.  
14th Clear Up Day picture on Keep Britain Tidy website  
13th Celebrations!  
10th RHS Heart of England in Bloom Awards with judges' comments  
25th Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette  
  Runner Beans on the riverside  
5th An article in August's Upton News  
29th Our 2015 displays  
  Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Observer  

Our 2015 portfolio


District Councillor Barbara Williams, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, who came to the Old Churchyard on Tuesday, has issued a press release.

14th Judging went very well. The town looked splendid. MHDC, Upton Town Council and Upton in Bloom worked together to prepare streets, street furniture and floral displays. The judges met Barbara Hartley outside her garden in Dunns Lane; visited Upton Primary School; met John Little in his garden in Rectory Road; walked through the Cemetery & allotments with Jo Adams, the Town Clerk; met Becky Smith from Fortis Housing at Thomas Morris House; walked down Fishermans Alley to Dunns Lane; met Shirley Turner & Margaret Clements outside their houses; walked along the riverfront and met Colin the Town Council's Caretaker; to Church Cottages and met Ruth Etheridge & Annabelle Apps; viewed the riverside beds; walked to the Tudor House Museum to meet Betty Williams and Simon Wilkinson in the garden and then went to the Old Churchyard where they met John Morris from MHDC with the 'ripper' weeding machine and various people including District Councillor Barbara Williams, Chairman of MHDC, District CouncillorBronwen Behan, Deputy Leader of MHDC, Town Councillors and members of the public. Upton Primary School were singing from the top of the bank and proved very popular with all their audience. The Police, Blues & Folk Festival, The Pudding Shop, Hot Peppers WI and the Royal British Legion were all in attendance. We then retired to The Anchor Inn for a superb buffet. Thank you to everyone who helped and took part in what we think was a very good presentation of Upton upon Severn.  
Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette
27th We entered a float into the Jazz Festival parade  
6th Coffee at Bridge House after planting the displays. Thanks to Bill & Peggy for the coffee, and all the volunteers who helped.  
  Upton in Bloom in the Primary School newsletter  
5th Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette  
4th Emptying display barrels. Help yourself to Violas.  
2nd We presented 4 planter kits to Upton Primary School  
28th We started planting our displays  
26th We moved Violas from bed outside the Old Churchyard to Fishermans Alley. The corner is looking good!  
16th Emptying boat at Hanley Road car park entrance  
13th Planting railing troughs & lamp post baskets at Cornerways Nursery  
2nd-3rd Selling tickets for the Duck Race  
  Decorated Ducks at Upton Folk Festival  
26th Some of the work we've done during April  


Our Giant Easter Egg draw raised £386.50. Many thanks to all who took part, and Upton Newsagents for their help in selling tickets. Mr Dumbrill won the egg; S Millward was 2nd & C Biggs 3rd.  


Litter pick on the river - part of Keep Britain Tidy Community Cleanup Day



Upton Youth Band Performing Arts Group Bingo is held every 2nd Friday in the Church Room. The evening includes a game for a local charity; every month a different charity is supported. Upton in Bloom was nominated last night and received a generous donation of 35.


The Bingo evening held by the Social Club was a great success. A total of £286 was raised, including a donation of £50 from the Social Club. Sincere thanks to the Club and everyone who took part. We had a really fun evening and the generosity of everyone was much appreciated.


A new tree on the Old Churchyard

We pruned the roses on the corner of Severn Drive & Gardens Walk

7th Litter pick in New Street lane  

Claire Bunn gave £575 from the Anchor Inn hamper draw to Jackie this morning. With many thanks to Claire & Grahame, and all who sold and bought tickets for the hamper. The hamper was won by Dave & Angela Gosling.

24th The Anchor Inn has donated a lovely hamper and is raffling it for our funds. The winning ticket will be drawn today.  

Memorial Tree lights and names remembered

Christmas Hamper draw

29th Litter pick, Hanley Road & car park  
8th An evening with Hanley Voices. Hanley Voices have generously offered to donate half the profits from the evening to Upton in Bloom.  
7th One of our volunteers, Annabelle Apps, refurbished a sign  
4th Report on our trip to the Tower of London to see the Poppies  

We joined the Royal British Legion to commemorate the anniversary of the first deaths of Upton servicemen in WW1, brothers Jim & Tom Pumfrey.

The event in the Malvern Gazette

  We tidied shrubs by the Pelican Crossing on Hanley Road  
23rd We planted Wallflowers in the bed at the roundabout.  
21st We planted Daffodils & Narcissi at the entrance to Hanley Road car park  
18th We emptied plants and compost from the troughs outside the Memorial Hall, then refilled with new compost and planted with Heathers, small Conifers & Violas.  
9th Jackie was re-elected as Chairman, Simon as Treasurer and Andrea as Secretary at our AGM last night.  
4th Planting for winter colour.  
1st We cleared an alley of weeds  



30th Our Gold Award in the White Lion Hotel.  
27th We cleared the riverside, Church Street & Old Churchyard barrels ready for winter planting. Sue & Pete have taken the Begonias and Cannas to overwinter and grow on next year to sell for our funds. We also swept up some leaves from the riverfront.  

Upton Primary School was awarded a Silver Gilt Award in the Heart of England in Bloom's Schools Competition. Robin Russell, one of our judges, came on Thursday to make the award to the School's Garden Club. A picture of the children & their award.
Judge's comments:
Upton upon Severn Primary School - Worcestershire
Silver-Gilt Award
Judge: Robin Russell
As you enter the playground you can't help but notice the plastic bottle greenhouse. There were
raised planters for growing vegetables and some had already been harvested. The plantings in
unusual containers were a delight to see. The Forest School area is a great asset to learn about plant life and how we can look after it. It was good to see that the tree grown from an acorn by a former pupil is progressing well.
Areas for Development:
It would have been nice to of meet some of the children so that they could tell me about how they enjoyed their school grounds and how they use it in their lessons.
Consider a bird box with a camera linked to the classroom.

17th We planted several different types of perennial plants yesterday, including Penstemon, Geranium, Delphinium and Poppies.  

Upton in Bloom in the Malvern Gazette



Annabelle, Mary & Jackie travelled to Shrewsbury for the RHS Heart of England in Bloom Awards Ceremony. Upton upon Severn was awarded a Gold Award. This means 'Gold 85% and above. This award is given to exceptional achievers who have demonstrated a consistently high standard in all areas of the judging criteria and objectives of Britain in Bloom.' The award and judges comments






We held a Societies Day on the Old Churchyard, for clubs & societies to showcase themselves. Some pictures from the event.

We also held a 'Blue Draw' for hampers full of blue coloured items. This was intended to take place at the Upton Blues Festival but we were rained off on the Saturday morning. Picture. We raised £109 thanks to the generosity of passers-by and Committee members.



Malvern Gazette printed article



Online article in the Malvern Gazette








Cromwell our 3D dog dried out during the 2014 winter. We think that all the rain that fell on him wasn't absorbed as his 'hair' acted like a thatch. He has been emptied of the very dry compost and was moved to Panes Garage. Today Mick Panes put him on Colin Smith's trailer and Colin took him to Cornerway Nursery where we plan to refill and replant him. Thanks to Mick & Colin!

Worcester News letter (and the comment below).

10th Judging day  
20th We commissioned Hanley Castle High School art students to paint a new mural under the bridge at East Waterside.  
6th A rather sad hanging basket following a car fire in New Street  
31st Planting displays.  
21st Spread wood chippings on Hanley Road beds.  


We went to Cornerway Nursery to help plant the baskets & troughs for the riverside


Mrs Betty (I never win anything) Williams with her Giant Easter Egg, won in our Easter draw. Thank you to everyone who took part.


We project managed the installation of a Sedum roof on the Heritage Centre

  We did some cleaning, planting & tidying  


We removed moss & weeds growing at the bottom of the flood wall, and weeded the pavement. Picture. It was a shame to find the next morning that a thoughtless, idle person hadn't picked up after their dog.



Fundraising in December. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts, and special thanks to the Social Club and Claire & Grahame Bunn at The Anchor Inn for their support.


Bingo at the Social Club: £178


Christmas Draw: £349. Winner Jane Clive


Memorial Tree: £205. Names remembered


The Anchor Inn hamper draw: £184. Winner Megan Thomas


Tim Dance's Christmas cards: £64


Pictures © Jackie Surtees