‘Mr. Wareham in Bloom’
Eric Osmond made a tremendous contribution to our town, and in fact to our lives. He made a practical and visible difference to the outside space of Wareham. He was ‘Mr. Wareham in Bloom’ and very important in the town.
Eric lived most of his life in Wareham and was co-opted onto the Wareham Town Council in January 1991 and elected in subsequent years. Eric served for 28 years as a Town Councillor, until 2019. He was Mayor in 1995, 1996 and 2010. He was also, of course, a member of Purbeck District Council serving from 2003, re-elected in 2007 and 2011, serving 12 years in total, up to 2015. Esteemed by all, he was proposed as Chairman by all parties of PDC, who recognised his fair chairmanship skills.
He was a founder member of the Wareham Hemsbach Society and actively participated in exchange visits. The friendships that Eric established have continued and his legacy there will continue strongly. He was a tireless supporter of many community projects, but most famous as the founder of Wareham in Bloom, which became a firmly established committee of Wareham Town Council in 2003.
'His legacy is clear...'
As well as enhancing roundabouts, he reinstated the Town Pump in South Street. He was always hands-on with the floral displays, planting bulbs and watering. It is a mark of his character that he managed to secure so many donations from businesses to fund the displays which won awards in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. He achieved his prized Honoured Townsman accolade in 2018 of RHS Britain in Bloom Silver Gilt to add to the Gold for the South and South-East competitions over many years.
Apart from these successes he would be most proud of his MBE, for services to local Government and local Community, which he was awarded in 2013.
His legacy is clear and we are very much indebted to his vision, determination and inspiration. Eric’s name is inscribed on the board for Honoured Townsman in the Council Chamber for all to see. There is also a very nice collection of photos of him as Mayor during the Freedom of the Town celebrations 2011. Eric was always so very dapper and precise, shiny shoes, his well-groomed appearance and his proud demeanour. Needless to say we have lost one of a kind and the best example of his generation.