Jo Ashman of
Halcyon Daze in Ross presents an award every year at the Ross-in-Bloom
Presentation Evening, to the unsung person considered to have
contributed most to the town during the year.
year she was delighted to present the Community Spirit Award to
Mary Sinclair Powell - much to her surprise.
is the organizer of the awards for this now annual occasion, and
the full house of guests at the Phoenix Theatre were highly amused
to find her speechless for once. Mary joined Ross-in-Bloom in
1997 when Mary Dew decided to do more for the Britain in Bloom
entry. Mary P became her secretary and kept an eye on the finances,
deciding she would only do it for a year or so until it got off
the ground. She is still there, and is also now local judging
co-ordinator as well as the main organizer of the Heart of England
in Bloom judging day and other events during the in bloom year.
Jo Ashman told the audience " The award is for community spirit.
Mary has been given this award because she is constantly thinking
of ways to help Ross. A born administrator, I know part of it
is her job at the Heritage Centre, but she goes above and beyond
by always being ready to put on a Charities Market or help a budding
artist - anything for the town of Ross or the people living here".
Thanking Jo, eventually after a few moments not believing what
she had heard, Mary told everyone due to increasing pressures
at work, she had actually resigned part of her duties for the
coming year, with a view to handing over for the following year.
Everyone agreed she cannot now resign and will have to continue
for the foreseeable future!
with the Ross Gazette she told them having been born in Ross she
loved her town and always wants to do her best for it. "I believe
everyone should have pride in the area where they live - after
all they choose to live here. My work in the Heritage Centre,
with Ross-in-Bloom and on the fringe of other committees enables
me to do this - and when I can no longer give 120% I feel that
is the time to give up. Being a Powell, I was raised to always
do and give your best in whatever you do. I try to do this at
all times and by being given this award I am obviously getting
it right somewhere. However I would like some help to be able
to continue next year and anyone who can do so can contact me
at the Heritage Centre during opening hours".