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


Gold again for St Annes

It was another day of Gold for St Annes in Bloom at the North West in Bloom awards yesterday

Large Coastal Resort – Gold Award and overall Category Winner to receive the North West in Bloom Trophy

This is a superb achievement so a huge well done to all our volunteers and supporters
Without your continued support and hard work none of this would be possible

Here is a round up of all the other awards celebrated during the afternoon

Fylde Borough Council winning the Environmental Quality Award


Ashton Gardens won Gold in the Best Parks Category – this was the first year of entering this category

A huge well done to Patrick and all the staff and supporters who have worked so hard to achieve this

A special mention must go to Lilian  and Tony Barrow of Braxfield Court

Winners of the Best Residential Accommodation display in the North West for 9 years in a row!



It was a day of Celebrations all round


In Your Neighbourhood Awards were announced on Thursday and it was a clean sweep of “Outstanding” for all the St Annes entries

Friends of St Annes Station
Shepherd Road Allotments
Blundell Road Allotments
Poplar Court
St Annes Dunes Project

Photo by Russell Clarke

Thank you to everyone for helping to make St Annes an even better place to be



It’s planting time again

The time is here when help is needed to plant up winter/spring bedding

This year to help commemorate the end of The First World War, St Anne’s In Bloom have had some very hard working volunteers making ‘Silent Soldiers’ which will have a small bedding trough at the base.

Here they are as a “work in progress”


We will be putting these out by 31st October and would like to ask for help in planting them up

If you can help, please come along to the Ashton Garden Depot on Wednesday 24th October at 9.30

You may need to bring gardening gloves gloves

When the ‘Silent Soldiers’ are finished it would be great if we can carry on with planting up inserts for the Crescent and maybe a few spare tubs.

The rest of the tubs will need to be planted up and we are hoping this can be done on Wednesday 31st October at 2pm at Ashton Garden Depot.

If you are able to help with planting on either of those dates please send a message via this page or send an email to

There will be a short  ceremony at St Annes’s Station on 31st October at 10.15 am to unveil the Silent Soldiers

Later the same day the new benches in Ashton Gardens will be unveiled near the War Memorial