Cambridge Regional College SEND students help Huntingdon achieve Gold at Anglia in Bloom

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Anglia in Bloom is a yearly celebration of the floral flourishes in locations across Anglia; this year 76 awards were presented in total, with Huntingdon ultimately awarded Gold for the Large Town entry.

The region was also shortlisted for the Best Local Authority Displays and for the Best Community Project.

One of the highlights from the judge's report of the Huntingdon entry included the poppy display created by SEND students from the Huntingdon campus of Cambridge Regional College (CRC). SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability. The SEND Support Team at CRC covers a wide range of specialist areas to ensure that all students achieve their potential and enjoy their studies.

Bob Delaney, SEND Tutor and Study Programme Leader at Cambridge Regional College, explains: "I saw an article about the council looking for community groups who could contribute to Anglia in Bloom by making poppies for the WW1 aspect of the displays. One of my student groups, Independence Skills, spent the spring term learning about flowers and colours, so we contributed by making over 200 plastic bottle poppies. This involved collecting the bottles, cutting the bottoms off and then painting them red with special outdoor paint. We put a box in the canteen to encourage students on other courses to recycle their bottles for us."

The Huntingdon Campus also held an interactive art day, where Cambridge Campus students visited for the day and contributed to the poppy painting by adding the black dots in the centre of the red poppies. Independence Skills students then took the finished poppies down to the town hall and once they were on display near the bus station, took a second trip to town to see the poppies on display along with other groups finished products.

Bob Ollier, Chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: "The Anglia in Bloom communities across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk should be justifiably proud of this year's achievements. The Anglia regions success has been down to the very strong community involvement enabling great projects to be created and delivered."

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