MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABin collections will take place as normal on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Refuse crews will be working on Monday August 31, so anyone due for a collection is asked to put their bins out as usual.

For more information about waste collections and recycling, please visit the Recycle For Tamworth website or call 0845 002 0022.

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Judges in this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition had a tough task on their hands, when a record number of gardeners entered the competition.

Ten gardens entered the competition this year – the highest number since the competition began.

The standard was so high that any of the 10 could have walked away with the top prize. In the end, the title of winner went to Barbara Sippetts of Glascote. Barbara and her husband Jack have been opening the garden of their bungalow in Clifford Street up to the public since 1993 – charging a small admission and selling plants to raise money for the charity Cancer Research.

In the past few years, Barbara and Jack have encouraged their neighbours to join them – and this year, six homes along Clifford Street opened up their gardens. This year, they raised a total of £1,512 for charity.

The glorious garden is made up of countless displays of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, a pond – and even a fairy garden.

Most of the planning work for the stunning garden is done by Barbara, who likes to keep the garden new and exciting by varying its plants and layout each year.

The Clifford Street garden has become famous in Tamworth and further afield – in 1996, it was named the best garden in Britain in a competition run by plant specialists Thompson & Morgan.

Barbara and Jack were presented with £100 worth of B&Q vouchers for taking the 2015 Tamworth in Bloom title – and Barbara already has plans for her winnings as she is redesigning the bottom of the garden.

Judges were so impressed with the high standard of entries that this year they were unable to separate them to award a second and third place – instead awarding highly commended certificates to all of the other nine entries.

The highly commended entries were Karen & Bob Buckler, Susan Cripps, Richmond Day, Jim & Nancy Hope, Owen & Margaret Lawrence, Julie Lloyd, Derek McGowan, Nerma Williams and Wilnecote Parish Hall.

Heritage Open Day_2598Youngsters will be transported back to the days old when knights were bold at a number of storytelling sessions being held at Tamworth Castle this Bank Holiday Monday.

On Monday August 31, Tamworth Castle will be hosting storytelling sessions throughout the day from 11.30am to 4pm.

The Castle’s storyteller will enchant the young audience with tales of knights, dragons and princesses.

Children will also have the chance to meet Ruby the Castle dragon, dress up and get hands-on with craft activities.

Young visitors are also being invited to get into the spirit of the occasion by coming along dressed in costume – knights, dragons, princesses or whatever takes their fancy.

Admission costs £7 for adults, £6 for OAPs and other concessions, £4.50 for children age five and above, £2.50 for children aged 2-4 and under twos go free. A family ticket for two adults and two children is also available for £21.

There is no need to pre-book – just come along and listen to the stories.

More information on the event is available by calling the box office on 01827 709581 or 01827 709618.