The Big Thank You Do

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.

Deputy FBC Mayor Ray Thomas, FBC Mayor John Singleton, SAIB Chairman Fiona Boismaison and Town Mayor Karen Henshaw

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

Representatives of Seaton Crescent with Town Mayor Karen Henshaw, Deputy FBC Mayor Ray Thomas and FBC Mayor John Singleton

Fylde Sand Dunes Project representatives with Deputy FBC Mayor Ray Thomas, Town Mayor Karent Henshaw and FBC Mayor John Singleton












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

Guest Houses:

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

Public Houses:

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.

Everyone benefits.”


Winner Restaurant Category – Anatolia, Park Road


Winner Guest House Category – The Fairmile, 9 St Annes Road East

Winner – Cafe Catogory – Pier Cafe, Promenade


Winner Hotel Category – Howarth House, 315 Clifton Drive


Winner Public House Category – The Trawl Boat Inn, Wood Street

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.

Anne Randerson

Carl Dagnall

Cheryl Ainscough

David Woods

Ian and Marjorie Bardsley

Mandy and John Hall

Peter Lord



Another Gold for 2017

This week saw the presentation of awards for North West in Bloom 2017

It was another fantastic set of results with a  Gold Medal being awarded to St Annes in Bloom – Best Large Coastal Resort Category

This is our second Gold Medal in two years and it has been achieved with lots of planning and hard work from ourwonderful team of volunteers and we extend a huge thank you

to everyone who has worked so hard for this award.

We were also honoured to receive the Kieron Moss Trophy which was totally unexpected

Awarded  for floral displays, this year is the first time this trophy has been awarded, in memory of Kieron Moss of Moss Nurseries

We were very pleased to win this award and a huge thank you goes to

Fylde Borough Council workers and our team of volunteers who worked so hard on the tubs and planters.

Well done everyone!


Congratulations also to Braxfield Court, winners of a Gold Medal in the best large residential category

This is the eigth year running they have achieved this award – well done!


 In addition we must also give special mention to our fantastic volunteers who triumphed in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards

These awards recognise the hard work and contribution made by volunteers making our town a great place to be

Friends of Crescent Gardens – Advancing
Friends of Seaton Crescent – Advancing
Beach Care Group – Thriving
Friends of Hope Street Park – Thriving
Blackpool Road North Playing Fields – Outstanding
Blundell Road Allotments – Outstanding
 Well done Blundell Road for winning 5 years running
St Annes Railway Station – Outstanding
Shepherd Road Allotments – Outstanding
Shepherd Road were also winners of the Gateway Community Trophy and the Helena Homes Trophy


The judges discretionary awards were presented to:

Supporters of Ashton Gardens – Outstanding
Fylde Sand Dune Project – Outstanding

Well done to everyone involved and thank you for all your hard work and contributions to St Annes in Bloom and associated projects





Beating the weather

It may be a wet and windy Autumn so far but our volunteers have been very busy preparing to bring colour to St Annes.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers who have rallied to our call and helped us out.

They came to the Depot at Ashton gardens and planted up spring bedding and then we had another volunteering session when we planted thousands of daffs along Queensway.

We couldn’t do this work without you!

Monica and Anna

Monica, Dot and Linda


As you can see there is lots going on – if you would like to join us as a volunteer please get in touch, we will be very happy to see you


The Spring bulb display along Queensway was fantastic last year and much appreciated by motorists using this route

We are aiming to make it even better this coming Spring, and despite the aftermath of Hurricaine Brian our volunteers managed to plant lots more bulbs on Sunday

Our chariman encouraging volunteers using a discarded traffic cone

Carol ready for digging on Queensway