Plaque tribute to Falmouth 'In Bloom' stalwarts

Penny and Paul Hodge, seated, with Friends of Penmere Station members Phyllis Lloyd, Brian Philpotts, Karl Hewlett and Steve Lloyd.

Penny and Paul Hodge, seated, with Friends of Penmere Station members Phyllis Lloyd, Brian Philpotts, Karl Hewlett and Steve Lloyd.

First published in News

Three volunteers who helped coordinate Falmouth's entries into Britain in Bloom competitions before the town council took over, will be remembered forever thanks to a new brass plaque unveiled at Penmere Station.

The new plaque, which has been installed on the wheel-seat which sits in the station car park, forms a tribute to Gladys and Ron Jackson and Arthur Tate, who were the three longest serving and founder members of Falmouth in Bloom.

Gladys was secretary for over 40 years, Arthur was chairman and Ron a committee member of long standing. Sadly all three are no longer with us.

The Friends of Penmere Station bestowed the honour of unveiling the new plaque on Penny and Paul Hodge, who had also been involved in Britain in Bloom (Falmouth) before the winding up of the branch. In preparation for the occasion, the unique wheel-seat had a total repaint thanks to Friends' members Dave and Janet Peacock, and a recent grant from Falmouth Town Council covered the cost of laying the paving beneath the seat to enhance the area.

The Britain in Bloom branch members agreed to transfer the remaining money it had in the bank to the Friends whose chairman Steve Lloyd said: “We thought it would be really nice to commemorate them. They helped us in the early years and we helped them. We thought it would be nice to use part of the legacy money to buy the brass plaque to remember the three of them.”

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