St Anne’s On Sea In Bloom held their annual Thank You event in recognition of all of the communities and organisations who supported them in this year’s competition.
The Mayor of Fylde, Councillor John Singleton JP, and The Deputy Mayor Councillor Ray Thomas, along with The Town Mayor Karen Henshaw attended, and assisted in handing out the many awards and prizes.
A presentation given by Chairman Fiona Boismaison showcased all the hard work undertaken by the volunteers across the town which led to this year’s Gold award in the North West In Bloom Competition. She illustrated the work done by Fylde Borough Council and volunteers in creating floral displays in St Anne’s which led to the displays being awarded the ‘Kieran Moss Award’ for the Best Floral Displays in the North West by the RHS.
“This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved. I know how much care is taken in designing and planting and how much it upsets staff and volunteers if for some reason they get damaged. “
The ten community groups who were entered the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’ competition were celebrated. One of this year’s highlights goes to Shepherd Rd Allotment Society who, not only were given Outstanding for the fourth year running but also the ‘Gateway Community Award’.
Indeed the RHS judges were so impressed with the society that they won the ‘Helen Home Trust Award’ for the best overall ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’ entry in the whole of the North West.
“It’s a real bonus to our town for one of our entrants in the competition to be given the best in the North West. Well done Shepherd Rd Allotments!”
Here is the full list of results for ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’:
- Blundell Rd Allotments – Outstanding for the seventh year in a row
- Friends of Blackpool Rd North Playing Fields – Outstanding (first time in the competition)
- Friends of St Anne’s Railway Station – Outstanding
- Fylde Sand Dunes Project – Outstanding (Judges Discretion)
- Supporters of Ashton Gardens – Outstanding (Judges Discretion)
- Beach Care Group – Thriving
- Friends of Hope Street Park – Thriving
- Friends of Seaton Crescent – Advancing
- Friends of Crescent Gardens – Advancing
Friends of St Anne’s Station were also awarded a Gold Medal in the Best Stations Category.
This is the fifth award the group have received since they were formed in May last year
St Anne’s On Sea In Bloom Colourful Welcome Award 2017
The results of the first Colourful Welcome Award for the local hospitality sector were also announced by Fiona Boismaison
The businesses were judged over three months by the committee
First Fairmile, 9 St Annes Road East
Runner up Claremont, 1 Derbe Road
First Howarth, 315 Clifton Drive South
Runner up The Hollingworth, 303 Clifton Drive South
First Anatolia, Park Rd
First Pier Cafe, Promenade
Runner up Vanilla, Park Rd
First Trawl Boat Inn, 36-38 Wood St
Runner up Victoria Hotel, Church Rd
“It was great to see the involvement of the local hospitality businesses joined in our new competition and it is hoped that more will want to enter next year.
Paying attention to creating a cheerful welcome makes a positive statement about your business and improves the look of the town.
Winners of the Best Front Garden Competition have already been announced and award certificates presented, but the evening gave an opportunity to present the winners with their prizes of gardening vouchers. These were presented by Deputy FBC Mayor Ray Thomas and SAIB Chairman Fiona Boismaison.