Important Update about Christmas Tree Collections this year

There is a change to our usual Christmas Tree Collection this year

Trinity Hospice /Brian House are expanding their area into St Annes and taking on the collection of Christmas Trees in return for receiving donations to their fund-raising appeals. Their volunteers have been collecting in Blackpool for several years and now they are extending their service to include the FY8 postcode area.

St Anne’s In Bloom, who normally collect discarded trees in the town for free, have decided to support the hospice collection scheme and not continue with their normal pick-up arrangements this year.

Fylde Council have promoted the Trinity Hospice scheme on their refuse collection arrangement materials this year and In Bloom are happy to support this initiative and not appear to be in competition.

The trees will be collected and used for the Dunes conservation programme and the bonus this year will be that Trinity Hospice and Brian House benefit from donations.

In Bloom volunteers who normally use their cars, vans and trailers to collect trees from around St Anne’s will be offering their services to the Trinity Hospice scheme instead.

Although some of our regulars might be disappointed that we won’t be collecting their trees this year, I’m sure they will recognise that Trinity Hospice is a valuable and much-loved Charity and we wouldn’t want to compete with them. They provide a vital service to the whole of the Fylde and the discarded trees will still be used by Fylde Borough Council and the Sand Dunes Project to stabilise and protect the dunes.
Fylde Borough Council drop off points for trees will be available as usual for anyone wanting to drop off their own trees. Details of locations will be published nearer the time.

Residents can volunteer as tree collectors and the more the merrier to make this a bumper year for the number of trees collected and for the amount raised.
For information about how to book a collection or how to volunteer to help please contact:

‪01253 359362‬

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held this week and there have been some changes to our committee.

Sadly Pam Curtis is stepping down after being one of the longest serving members.

We will miss her tremendously and want to thank her for all her hard work and contribution to our plans over the years.


We are very pleased to welcome three new members to our committee –  Kevin Allingham, Christine Holland and Miles Couchman.

We look forward to getting to know them and working with them in future

This brings our number to ten  which I think this is the largest we have been since we started in 2012

Winter planting

On Wednesday our cheerful volunteers finished off planting up the tubs for shops and
businesses with pansies, Bellis perennis (winter flowering daisy) and
bulbs. This display will hopefully provide a bit of colour throughout the

We were back out on Friday and finished planting daffodil bulbs on King Edwards Avenue which had been started with the children of AKS Junior School.

Very kind neighbours gave us encouragement and the use of a much needed facility!

Lovely when residents show an interest and provide practical help.


The volunteers then moved on to the Inner Prom by the car park at Fairhaven Lake and planted crocuses and Paperwhite daffodils under the trees.

Finally run out of bulbs. Hooray!!!

Results of Colourful Welcome Awards

Here is the full list of winners in the Colourful Welcome Awards 2018

Thank you all again for your participation and we look forward to seeing your displays next year

Guesthouse or B&B: 
1st place The Fairmile;
2nd place The Claremont; Joint
3rd place Ad Astra and The Gaydon.

1st place Howarth House;
2nd place The Hollingworth;
Joint 3rd place Bedford Hotel and Glendower Hotel.

Restaurant and Café : 
Joint 1st place Pier Café and Wigglesworth;
2nd place Vanilla;
3rd place Greek Flame Taverna.
With ‘Outstanding Display’ to Alice’s Tea Rooms

Public House: 
1st place St Anne’s Cricket Club;
2nd Trawl Boat Inn;
3rd place Victoria Hotel.
With ‘Outstanding Display’ to Links Public House

Outstanding Display for local non hospitality businesses awarded to
Pipan At Home,
Croppers the Barbers,
RL Whitehead and Daughter Funeral Directors,
D R Designs,
St Anne’s Chippy
Pre-Loved Sofas
St Anne’s Music Shop

Colourful Welcome Awards

Our recent Thank You do gave us the opportunity to present awards to the winners of our Colourful Welcome Awards

Some of the businesses who won awards were unable to attend on the evening so Monica has been busy out and about around town distributing certificates

These awards are a way of showing appreciation to local businesses and supporters who help to keep the town looking cheerful and welcoming

Their efforts are much appreciated by both residents and visitors

Vanilla Cafe

The Fairmile B & B

  St Annes Chippy

Greek Flame Taverna

Here in no particular order are some photographs of the entries to enjoy

Bulb planting in St Annes

St Anne’s In Bloom volunteers joined forces with the children of AKS Junior School today to plant daffodil bulbs along the central reservation of King Edward Avenue.

This initiative is part of the Town Council’s plan to create floral gateways at the entrances to St Annes On Sea.

Fylde Borough Council have chosen the daffodils species.

Our volunteers made the holes and the children put the bulbs in and closed up the planting pockets by jumping on the turf.

All children from Reception to Year four joined in and it was a lot of fun.

The children are looking forwards to seeing their own bit of the reservation flowering next year. It was so lovely to have children get involved with our work.

(Photographs shared with permission from AKS Junior School)

More bulb planting will be taking place across the town over the next couple of weeks. On Sunday 18th, St Margaret’s Brownies are planting at Headroom Gate and our St Anne’s In Bloom volunteers are working at Heyhouses Road by the Shell garage.

Anyone who would like to help us should contact us via our website or via our Facebook page

Thank you “do”

Our Annual Thank You “Do” was held on Friday

This is always a most enjoyable evening and gives us an opportunity to meet with all our volunteers and supporters to share what has happened over the year

It was, as always a pleasure to welcome Town Mayor Cllr Karen Henshaw to the event. St Annes Town Council  and Fylde Borough Council are great supporters of St Annes in Bloom

Fiona (Chair St Anne in Bloom) showing off our Gold Award

The event gave us an opportunity to share and celebrate our recently awarded Gold and our winning the category for Best Large Coastal Resort for the first time since 2012.

Southport have been the winners of this award over recent years and it was an unexpected and pleasant surprise to receive this result

All our community groups have worked so hard this year in difficult hot, dry conditions and the ones entered for the In Your Neighbourhood award all received “Outstanding” which is a fantastic achievement

Full details of these awards are in a previous post

As many photographs of the event as possible have been included here but I am sorry for any omissions – hopefully this gives you a flavour of the event


Poplar Court Residents received their “Outstanding Award”


Colourful Welcome 


St Annes in Bloom instigated this award to encourage local hospitality businesses to offer a floral welcome to their visitors

Divided into categories and judged over July and August this year we were very pleased to announce the winners on Friday Night

Bed and Breakfast – The Fairmile

Hotel – Howarth House

Pubs and Clubs – St Annes Cricket Club

Cafe and Restaurant Wigglesworth’s

This year we extended the awards to include other businesses around our town as so many had made such a wonderful effort to provide some colour to their premises

Congratulations to DR Design, Alice’s Tea Rooms, R. L. Whitehead and Daughter, Pippan at Home, Croppers Barbers, St Annes Chippy, St Annes Music and Pre-loved sofas


Following a buffet supper the Town Mayor serenaded us with a special song she had written to the tune of “English Country Garden” with lyrics relating to St Annes in Bloom

A lovely “note” on which to end to a most enjoyable evening

A serenade from Town Mayor Cllr Karen Henshaw