Christmas Tree Update



A huge thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s Christmas Tree Project

We really appreciate that you give your time to make this project such a success

Windy conditions made the task harder on day one, but thankfully the winds dropped and the weather improved

With a record number of 250+ volunteers around 2000 trees were planted 


Volunteers needed for the Dunes


St Anne’s In Bloom supports the Dunes Preservation Project which is designed to protect our sea defences and help to create new dunes for flora and fauna.

This year, we didn’t collect the Christmas trees from householders because Trinity Hospice took over that role., Volunteers are still needed to help with the planting of the trees in the dunes.

If you can help out then please come to the beach via the North Beach Car Park any time from 10am onwards on 29th – 31st January. There will be a gazebo on the beach to meet up in. Everyone will finish at 3pm but if you can only give an hour’s work then that’s fine.
If you use the North Beach Car Park to park, you can usually obtain a pass from FBC staff for free parking.

Tools are provided and some of the work can be planting grasses or weaving tree fronds which is light work. FBC usually use heavy machinery to create planting holes and the volunteers are needed to use the spades to infill and secure the trees. Hi-vis jackets are provided but if you have one already then please wear it.
Waterproof gloves are also provided as are refreshments. Last year about 30 volunteers attended each day. It tends to be quite jolly and a good way to burn off the calories devoured at Christmas!

More information can be found by clicking this link.…/2019-01-29-annual-christm…

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