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Ryde schoolchildren receive Royal blooms and wishes

John O’Conner, schoolteachers, councillors and the Mayor.

Eight boys and girls from Oakfield Primary School, Isle of Wight received red Geranium plants, grown in the The Royal Parks, as a floral prize for winning a school competition to design Diamond Jubilee flower beds for the town’s seafront. The competition, a Ryde In Bloom initiative is part of its entry into the South East In Bloom competition.

The pupils visited St James’s Park, London with The Isle of Wight grounds maintenance contractor

Chairman of The Royal Parks Guild, Mike Fitt, OBE and Royal Parks Park Manager Mark Wasilewski, welcomed them on their arrival. Mike recently

met HM Queen Elizabeth II who asked him to convey that she was aware of their endeavours and sent her good wishes for the project’s success.

The children’s visit included a very special presentation of the ‘Royal Blooms’ in front of Buckingham Palace. The pupils, who proudly carried their plants back to Ryde, helped the John O’Conner’s grounds maintenance team incorporate them into their Diamond Jubilee flowerbed designs on Ryde seafront.

Bletchley Park’s Codebreaking

restoration gets go-ahead As celebrations were held last month to mark the centenary of the birth of genius Codebreaker, Alan Turing, the Bletchley Park Trust announced the successful completion of a £7.4million funding package to enable them to commence the urgent restoration of the profoundly historic, yet currently derelict, Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6. Plans are also in place to develop a world-class visitor centre and exhibition space.

In September of last year, the Bletchley Park Trust announced that it needed to raise £2.4million in match funding in order to unlock


a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £5million. Now that these funds have now been successfully raised the Heritage Lottery Fund has granted the Trust permission to start on the restoration project.

With work on the project expected to commence in the autumn, Katherine Lynch, Media Manager for Bletchley Park, said: “Now that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed the funding, we can begin the process of appointing a project manager. Once that process is complete, we will announce who we will be working with.”

Flood insurance confusion As the only FSA approved company in the UK currently to offer free, professional advice on drainage insurance claims, Drain Claim is appealing to home owners affected by the floods not to pay out for repairs unless they are 100% confident they do not have adequate insurance cover.

New business development appointment for Kier Kier Services has confirmed the appointment of Tony Devenish as Business Development Director for its facilities management business. Tony joins the company from Dalkia, where he was Group Business Development Director. He has extensive multi-sector experience, both domestically and overseas.

Organisers announce new date for ACR Show 2014 Following the successful launch earlier this year, organisers have announced that the next Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show will take place from 11 to 13 February, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham. The earlier-announced date in March 2014 has been rescheduled to avoid a clash with Mostra Convegno, the large Italian exhibition.

Recolight receive National Recycling Award Recolight, the UK’s WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, has achieved success at the National Recycling Awards. Recolight won the Award for Recycling and Waste Management Business of the Year (SME). Recolight was recognised for its education and communication programmes for this ‘difficult’ waste stream.

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