17th August, 2015
St Oswald’s Retirement Village in Gloucester are celebrating the Rugby World Cup as part of this year’s Garden in Bloom project.
The St Oswald’s Gardening Team created a flower bed spelling out the word “Gloucester” in the team’s cherry red and white colours, using white allison and red geraniums.
Village Activity Facilitator Chloe Robbins said: “Gloucester is renowned for its love of rugby.
“Joining in with the project, grandchildren of the residents created painted hats, bunting and flags in preparation for the grand opening ceremony where some of the Kingsholm Rugby players attended.
“Scrum half Willi Heinz, the 28 year old who racked up 50 caps for both Canterbury in the ITM Cup and Crusaders in Super Rugby since making his debut in 2010, began playing for Gloucester in 2015 season.
“Terry Fanolua a Samoan rugby union player, played as a Centre for Gloucester and Samoa for a number of years. Fanolua played for Gloucester for ten years.
“Also attending was their coach and not forgetting ExtraCare’s Garden in Bloom judge Howard Drury.
“Players met with the residents and children, signed autographs and posed for photos before rushing off for training. A memorable day had by all!
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