STONE Brownies can breathe a sigh of relief after their stolen garden ornaments reappeared – the same day their plight was highlighted by the Newsletter.
A wooden toadstool and clay owl were taken from the garden at the top of Abbey Street, which the Brownies have carefully cultivated for this year’s Heart of England in Bloom competition.
They were thrilled to receive praise for their hard work from judge Roger Bache when he visited the town earlier this month. He said the garden typified the community spirit of Stone residents.
But delight turned to devastation on Thursday, when Brownie leader Helen Whetwall discovered the two ornaments – an important part of the display - had gone missing.
The theft was featured on the Newsletter website on Friday – and later that day the missing owl and mushroom were left in carrier bags on the doorstep of Abbey Street resident Tony Panter.
Stone in Bloom volunteer Jill Hood said: “Owl’s well that ends well! I like to think that someone has seen the media coverage and dumped the goods, we are really grateful to whoever it was.
“Helen knows they have been recovered so is a happy leader once again. As for the toadstool it doesn't leave mushroom for speculation that kids have taken them home and a kind parent has returned them both.”