August 2013

Shipston in Bloom Rewards Fabulous Floral Displays

Shipston in BloomThe judges of this year’s Shipston in Bloom gardening competition were hugely impressed with the colourful spectacle that awaited them as they began the process of assessing the town’s gardens, containers and allotments. 

Homes in the aptly named Greenfield Road and Greenfield Close snatched the overall town front garden awards (medium and large), while the overall winning rear garden was found in Hawthorn Way. The Household Waste site was commended for an excellent display, just missing out on first place in the public places category to the Day Centre at the Ellen Badger Hospital.

""Thanks to all the keen gardeners who helped make this competition so enjoyable to judge. Thanks also go to the judges themselves as well as the local organisations which support Shipston in Bloom" SIB member, Mal Lawrence said.

All winners and runners up will be invited to a presentation evening in the autumn.

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Peter Drinkwater's keys

Peter Drinkwater had a huge bunch of keys which belong to a whole host of local people that he did gardening work for.

 Cllr Fay Ivens has the bunch of keys and has very kindly volunteered to re-unite keys with owners.

 Could we ask all those who had entrusted their keys to the late Peter Drinkwater, to contact Cllr Ivens on 01608 662133, she will then visit your property and endeavour to find their key by trying the lock.

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Seasonal vaccinations

A message from the Medical Centre, you can contact them on 01608 661845:

Seasonal Immunisations

Flu is a highly infectious disease which is different from having a cold.  The symptoms of flu come on suddenly and include fever, headache, extreme tiredness and an aching body. A dry cough, sore throat and stuffy nose are other common symptoms of the infection.

Flu occurs most often in the winter months and usually peaks between December and March.  The national vaccination programme is particularly aimed at those individuals who have a higher risk of serious complications of flu, such as older people, aged 65 and over and people with serious medical conditions, such as

  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment

 Last year we vaccinated nearly 3000 people in a six week period, and this year we plan to do the same.  If you are eligible for a flu vaccination we will write to you inviting you to one of our flu vaccination clinics, which at the point of writing were scheduled for:

  • Saturday 28th September 9am until 11:30am
  • Friday 4th October  2.15pm until 4.45pm
  • Saturday 5th October  9am until 11:30am
  • Thursday 10th October 4:45pm until 6:45pm

 Due to the number of patients requiring the vaccine the vaccination programme is carefully planned, and we therefore ask you to attend one of the clinics to which you are invited.  Due to available capacity and the need to continue to provide a full primary care nursing service throughout the period we will not make individual appointments for flu vaccination for anyone aged 17 or over, so please attend one of the clinics.


This year, there is a national vaccination programme to vaccinate those aged 70 against Shingles and also this year there is also a ‘catch up’ campaign to vaccinate those aged 79 (born between 02/09/33 and 01/09/34).   If you are going to be eligible for this vaccination we will write to you individually to advise you how you can receive the vaccination should you wish to have it.