New charity to lead village into flowery future
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 May 2014
A VILLAGE society has become a charity for the first time in its 32-year history, while the area will receive new floral displays and take over running an annual event.
At Uphill Village Society’s annual meeting, members agreed to accept three new objectives for the group, which would allow it to become a registered charity.
The society aims to promote the village’s geography, history and architecture, as well as supporting local charities and providing public amenities.
It also agreed to take over the running of the annual flower show from the Uphill Horticultural Society, as of next year.
New village society chairman Stewart Castle said it had looked as though this year’s show would be its last.
He said: “As with many it has struggled to maintain entries to a very high level.
“We could see if it went, it would mean losing a very important part of the annual village life.
“There will be changes and I want people to come forward with ideas and become involved.
“We very much welcome new ideas and different ways of working. It may become a more general show.”
The village society also agreed to spend £1,100 on new raised flower beds across Uphill.
Treasurer Lew Hartley said it could go someway to establishing Uphill In Bloom in its own right instead of being part of the wider Weston campaign.
Carole Fisher, who agreed to organise the Uphill Enhancement Scheme, said: “The society has had an enhancement scheme in mind for a long time.
“It’s a big task but we are determined to do it.
“We want the village to look welcoming, tidy and active.”