St Anne’s In Bloom Front Garden Competition Results 2017

The results of the annual St Anne’s In Bloom Front Garden Competition have been announced.

There are three categories; Large Front Garden, Small Front Garden and Container Garden. The winners have received certificates and will also be awarded garden vouchers.

The judging at the end of July was later than in previous years in order to allow gardens that may look better at that time of year a chance of success.

The volunteer judges from St Anne’s In Bloom were Pam Curtis, Monica Pople and Hazel Ashworth (who had been a previous winner). They enjoyed visiting all the gardens nominated and found it to be a closely fought contest.

Large Front Garden

1st. Marjorie and Ian Bardsley, Queen Mary Avenue (pictured)
2nd. Peter Lord, The Boulevard
Joint 3rd. Maurice McDonnell, Leach Lane and Cheryl Ascough, Queen Mary Avenue

Small Front Garden

1st. Carl Dagnall, Whitethorn Mews (pictured)
2nd. John and Mandy Hall, St Leonards Rd East
3rd. David Woods, Formby Rd

Container

1st. Mike Geall, St Georges Rd (pictured)
2nd. Anne Randerson, D. R. Design, St David’s Rd South
3rd. Jacqui Schofield, St David’s Rd South

Here is a slideshow of images from the gardens of the winners and runners up for you to enjoy.

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Judgement Day

The judging of St Anne’s by RHS Judges 2017

The two judges were taken to meet voluntary community groups, organisations and businesses who support us all over St Anne’s On Sea. The judging started at 9.30 and finished at about 4pm and it was paced so that they could talk to the people involved.

It was clear they enjoyed their visit and especially meeting everyone and learning about their contribution to making St Anne’s a great place to be. The contributors were knowledgeable and enthusiastic which I know was appreciated.

We unknowingly gate-crashed two parties on our trip around and happened to meet the FBC Mayor and Mayoress (John Singleton and Geraldine Singleton) at Clifton Hospital at the hospital’s celebration for the opening of their Dementia Friendly Garden. The Ormerod Trust were holding a community Teddy Bears’ Picnic which was also a happy occasion to be momentarily part of. It was wonderful to be made so welcome at these two events.

I am hoping that the judges’ positive response is going to stand us in good stead when the results are revealed at the North West In Bloom Award Ceremony later in the year in November.

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for presenting such a good image of our town. Officers from Fylde Borough Council gave us valuable advice and practical help with our judging day. They ensured the route was looking its best too. Thank you for this.

Should you wish to be part of this competition next year either as a contributor or as a volunteer then please use the contact page to let us know.

These are the places and contributors the RHS judges visited:
• Pier Cafe
• Beach Clean Team – Emma Whitlock and volunteers
• Dunes Preservation Group – Kate Owen and volunteers
• Peace and Happiness Garden – Volunteers of St Anne’s in Bloom
• Braxfield Court – Tony Barrow and residents
• Ashton Gardens – FBC Staff and volunteers also SOAG members
• Train Station – Friends of St Anne’s Railway Station
• Crescent Gardens – Friends of Crescent Gardens
• Ormerod Trust – Michelle Riches, Angie and service users
• Hope St Park – Friends of Hope St Park
• Shepherd Rd Allotments – Committee members of Shepherd Rd Allotments
• Royal Lytham St Anne’s Golf Club
• Clifton Hospital’s Dementia Friendly Garden
• Promenade Gardens
• Mini-Golf

Fiona Boismaison
Chair St Anne’s on Sea In Bloom

The Pier Café gets its new planters

It’s the time of year when we are starting to get our planters and troughs out.

The staff at the Pier Café were delighted to receive their new troughs this week filled with colourful flowers to brighten the railings and welcome visitors all summer long.

St. Anne’s in Bloom is 100% run by volunteers and we really appreciate the support of local businesses such as the Pier Café making “St. Anne’s on the Sea a better place to be”

Royal Bank of Scotland assist by painting barrels

We’re banking on you!

Fiona Boismaison with RBS staff Nicola Bradley, Chris Secker and Matthew Cardwell at the Ashton Garden’s Depot.

Three staff from the Royal Bank of Scotland in St. Anne’s swapped their counter positions for a chance to be outside doing something different last week when they set to work painting half-barrel planters for St. Anne’s In Bloom at the Ashton Gardens depot.

The bank staff, who are encouraged to take part in community activities, offered their services after hearing a talk from the St. Anne’s In Bloom Chairman Fiona Boismaison.

Chris Secker Nicola Bradley and Matthew Cardwell make a start on their first task

They stopped counting notes for the day and agreed to slap on the undercoat as St. Anne’s In Bloom volunteers geared up their efforts to provide half-barrel containers and other planters for shops and businesses locally.

Organiser of the painting session Tony Ford said, “Our regular volunteers are at full stretch at the moment with work at the Peace and Happiness Garden and on the Crescent Gardens so we are grateful for the support of RBS employees Chris, Matthew and Nicola with this task, getting so much done in one go has really given us a boost.”

Tony Ford added, “We could have bought these containers ready-filled from an out-of-town nursery but where we can, we prefer to shop locally for all our horticultural materials and supplies. Local businesses support us so we support them at every opportunity.”

The morning’s work finished

Chris  Secker from RBS who arranged for the staff to get involved said “Thank you for the opportunity to join in with the activities, we all enjoyed it and found it worthwhile”.

Once the job was completed the RBS threesome agreed to have two of the barrels they painted placed outside the bank entrance with the promise that the staff would water and look after the plants during the summer months.

Chairman of St. Anne’s In Bloom Fiona Boismaison commented “We are always eager to recruit additional volunteers and the more people we have the better the job we can do in supporting Fylde Borough Council in making the town look ‘blooming great.’

Once the barrels have had their final coat they will be appearing outside the shops and offices who have already signed up.  Anyone interested in having a planter to enhance  the front of their premises is invited to contact Tony Ford tonyford19@gmail.com    07831415482

Planting Winter Floral Displays

Planting Winter Floral Displays

Some of our volunteers spent a pleasant hour or so at the Community Greenhouses in Ashton Gardens, planting the winter bedding for The Crescent railings. We got a production line going, so it was a case of ‘many hands make light work!’  A big thank you to all those who helped.All Done

Here are the results of our hard work. Looking forward to seeing them in situ when they are a little more established. Also, as a cheeky surprise, there are bulbs placed underneath the plants you can see here !