Exmouth in Bloom flower boat sponsored by community transport group

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 July 2018

Exmouth in bloom's boat in the strand is being sponsored by Community Transport. Ref exe 27 18TI 7145. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth in bloom's boat in the strand is being sponsored by Community Transport. Ref exe 27 18TI 7145. Picture: Terry Ife

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A chance meeting at a fundraising coffee morning has led to a flower boat being dedicated to an Exmouth lifeline service.

Exmouth in bloom's boat in the strand is being sponsored by Community Transport. Ref exe 27 18TI 7143. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth in bloom's boat in the strand is being sponsored by Community Transport. Ref exe 27 18TI 7143. Picture: Terry Ife

Jill Elson, founder and chairman of the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group, had been discussing the work of Exmouth in Bloom at a recent event when the idea of sponsoring a plant-filled vessel came up.

Now the boat – in The Strand near the bus stop – has been officially unveiled by Jill and Exmouth in Bloom volunteers.

The boat now has a plaque which says that this particular boat is sponsored by the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group.

Jill said: “We were talking about our bus and promoting it and the expense of adverts and we came up with this idea.

Exmouth in bloom's boat in the strand is being sponsored by Community Transport. Ref exe 27 18TI 7143. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth in bloom's boat in the strand is being sponsored by Community Transport. Ref exe 27 18TI 7143. Picture: Terry Ife

“I think Exmouth in Bloom deserves support because its part of the town.

“It makes the town look good and its very hard work.

“I am very pleased with the boat. Our bus does stop at the bus stop from time to time and people like to go for coffee and catch up with friends so it feels like the ideal location.”

Jill also called on other businesses and individuals to take up sponsorships with Exmouth in Bloom.

Last month the charity unveiled another flower boat – near the town’s train station – which is dedicated to president and former town mayor Pat Graham.

Gerry Bassett, chairman of Exmouth in Bloom, said: “It’s good for us because it costs us a lot of money to fill those boats.

“All the sponsorship we can get helps towards keeping the town looking beautiful.

“We welcome sponsorship from anyone in the town.”

Exmouth and District Community Transport Group supports people with temporary mobility problems who can’t otherwise access buses, taxis or trains.

The ‘ring and ride’ service – part funded by the county, district and town councils – gives people a chance to book a bus with 24 hours’ notice.

The community bus provides trips to Tesco, in Salterton Road, as well as private hire opportunities.

For more information on the work the transport group do go to www.exmouthringandride.org.uk

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