Cranleigh in Bloom Awards 2017

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Cranleigh in Bloom this year. Here are details of the bronze, silver and gold winners in each category.

Small Displays

Bronze

TWM Solicitors

Bronze

Brookmead Vets

Bronze

Dobbes

Bronze

Handymans Hardware

Bronze

Burns & Webber

Bronze

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe

Bronze

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Shop

Bronze

Cranleigh Medical Practice

Bronze

Celebration Cakes

Bronze

Lee Taman

Bronze

The Nail & Beauty Studio

Bronze

Cranleigh Baptist Church

Bronze

The Furniture Emporium

Bronze

Hart Brown

Bronze

New York Nails

Bronze

Barnado’s (Stocklund Square)

Bronze

Barnado’s (High Street)

Bronze

Sainsbury’s

Bronze

Library

Bronze

The Hair Company

Bronze

Pimms Funeral Service

Bronze

Eatons Goldsmiths & Silversmiths

Bronze

Crowes

Bronze

Village Cobblers

Bronze

Windmill Computing

Bronze

Nationwide

Silver

One Hundred & Twenty One

Silver

British Red Cross

Silver

Roger Coupe

Silver

Bramley Linen Care

Silver

Informed Choice Ltd

Silver

Cranleigh Village Hospital

Silver

Cubitt & West

Silver

Carolyn Lodge Travel

Silver

Cranleigh Pharmacy

Silver

Seymours Estate Agent

Gold

Idyllic

Gold

The Natural Life Shop

Communal Areas

Bronze

Post Office Beds

Rotary Club of Cranleigh

Silver

Village Hall Bed

Silver

Cranleigh Library Bed

Andy Bamford

Silver

Fountain Square Bed

Jane O’Leary

Silver

Rania Bed

Paul Stevens

Silver

Village Hall Baskets

Gold

Millennium Sculpture

Gold

Obelisk

Abi Trulove

Gold

Horse Trough

Jeff Wood

Gold

Fountain Square Troughs

Jeff Wood

Gold

Stocklund Square

Community Areas

Bronze

Christopher Robin Sure Start Children’s Centre

Bronze

Cranleigh Arts Centre

Schools

Gold

Park Mead Primary School – Nature Garden

Large Displays

Bronze

The White Hart

Silver

Little Manor Service Station

Gold

Cromwells Coffee House

Gold

Manns

Gold

The Richard Onslow

Gold

Rawlings of Cranleigh

Gold

The Three Horseshoes

 

Chairman’s report 2017

This is a transcript of the chairman’s report delivered by Martin Bamford at the Cranleigh in Bloom prize giving tea party this afternoon.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the annual Cranleigh in Bloom tea party. Thank you to Notcutts Garden Centre for hosting this event and sponsoring our tea party again this year. We really do appreciate your kind support.

I’m pleased to welcome Cllr Mary Foryszewski, chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council, who has kindly agreed to present the certificates to our various award winners this afternoon.

But before that, I would like to deliver my chairman’s report and provide what I promise will be a brief update on the activities of Cranleigh in Bloom during the past year, as well as some of our plans for the future.

Cranleigh in Bloom is a voluntary community organisation with the goal of promoting civic pride, encouraging people to get involved in their community and bringing together various groups of people. It’s been my pleasure to be chairman of Cranleigh in Bloom for the past two years and such a pleasure working with my committee and also with the volunteers who make everything we do possible.

Before I talk about some of the projects Cranleigh in Bloom has delivered and been involved with in 2017, I would like to say thank you to a few people.

Firstly, the Cranleigh in Bloom committee. I’m very lucky to have Jane O’Leary as our Secretary, my mum Andy as our Treasurer, and ongoing support from Sue and Jeanette as well.

Representing Cranleigh Parish Council on our committee is Mary Foryszewski, who has been an invaluable addition to the team this year and is always willing to help us join the dots, making introductions and connecting us to the right people within Cranleigh Parish Council, Waverley Borough Council and beyond.

Representing Waverley Borough Council on the committee is Mark Collings, who during the past couple of years has meant things get done in the village that I think we sometimes struggled to achieve with Waverley in previous years. Mary and Mark, thank you for your continued service.

As a committee, we adopted a formal constitution this year, which I hope means Cranleigh in Bloom has a steadier footing in the future and can continue to deliver so much for the village.

I also want to thank our merry band of volunteers. The Cranleigh in Bloom army are the waterers, weeders and litter-pickers who keep our village looking fantastic year round. As an organisation, we are always looking for more volunteers; whether you can spare an hour or two to join a working party or would like a more regular commitment, such as watering a specific area of communal planting or being a part of our committee, we would love to speak to you!

Last but not least, our sponsors. It costs us around £3,000 each year to pay for the various communal displays in Fountain Square, Stocklund Square, the Millennial Sculpture and Village Hall, the flower beds outside the Post Office, and the Library flower bed, as well as our other projects.

All of our funding comes from local sponsors which this year are Informed Choice, Cranleigh School, Cranleigh & District Lions Club, Atrainability, TWM Solicitors, Roger N Coupe Land and New Homes, The Rotary Club of Cranleigh, Cranleigh Garden Services, Paul Stevens Garden Maintenance, Cranleigh Parish Council, Waverley Borough Council and Cllr Andrew Povey, County Councillor for Cranleigh and Ewhurst.

Without your financial support, we simply couldn’t deliver everything we do each year and I know everyone who lives and works in Cranleigh, and who visits the village, is very grateful for your generosity.

It’s been another busy and productive year for Cranleigh in Bloom. The committee took the decision at the start of the year not to re-enter the South & South East in Bloom Awards this year. We managed to submit such a brilliant entry to these regional awards last year, achieving not only the Gold certificate for the first time in our history, but winning the overall prize in our category, The Town Award 2016.

You won’t be surprised to hear it takes a huge amount of work to submit an entry of this quality! With a slightly smaller committee this year and some uncertainty around funding, we decided to take a year off and revisit South & South East in Bloom again in 2018.

That said, the only thing missing from our award entry this year was the entry form itself! We have worked hard to maintain the standards we all set last year, and informal feedback from one of the judges suggested the village is looking as good, if not better, than the year before.

Since our last tea party, one of the first projects we supported was last November planting 6,000 crocus corms on Cranleigh Common. This was led by Rotary Club of Cranleigh, part of the national Purple4Polio campaign which is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good. In heavy rain, a team of 16 volunteers planted the 6,000 purple crocus corns in less than 2 hours. The corms were planted in the shape of the Rotary wheel and resulted in an impressive display in the Spring.

In March we took part in the Great British Spring Clean. A group of 16 enthusiastic volunteers spent more than an hour collecting litter from around the village, including the Downs Link, Snoxhall Playing Fields, The Common and High Street. We repeated this litter picking again in July, and plan to do it for a third time this year on Saturday 11th November.

One of our big projects this year has been improving the neglected Village Hospital Garden. I would like to single out two volunteers in particular; Mikki Marks, who worked incredibly hard to gain permission to tackle this project, and Robert Todman, who takes great pride in mowing the lawn and keeping the garden there tidy. I’m pleased Cranleigh in Bloom was able to get involved and help make such a remarkable difference to this key site in the village.

During several working parties, we have removed weeds and cut back overgrowth, before edging the borders, mowing the lawn and adding fresh compost. New plants have also been added to the garden which are sympathetic to the cottage garden. The Cranleigh Village Hospital League of Friends have even managed to get an outside tap installed recently, so we have been able to add some new planting and make the hospital garden look even better.

With the permission of Cranleigh Parish Council and a kind donation of wildflower turf from Waverley Borough Council, we transformed the area outside the public conveniences in Village Way, creating a mini-wildflower meadow. This suffered a minor setback in the summer when an enthusiastic contractor ran his strimmer over the poppies and daisies, but it has leapt back to life and, along with a freshly painted fence, painted by Cranleigh in Bloom, really transforms this area.

We’ve been pleased to help with the Park Mead School Wildlife Garden, donating manpower and some materials to this project. It’s been great to hear about the enthusiasm of so many groups of children at the school who spend time in this brilliant wildlife haven; pond-dipping, growing vegetables, looking for slowworms and birdwatching.

Our volunteers have been out in force at village events this year, including Cranleigh Parish Council’s Community Showcase and, more recently, the Cranleigh Lions Fun Day and Carnival. During the Lions Fun Day we held a treasure hunt for children and invited entries to a planted welly boot competition, where the overall winner, judged by Cllr Andrew Povey, was Martha Wheeler.

Another project which Cranleigh in Bloom has been pleased to help with is the improvement of the three ponds on Cranleigh Common. Our volunteers took part in willow coppicing projects, ahead of dredging work on the ponds, completed under the supervision of The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. It’s great to see these ponds holding decent levels of water again, even during the dryer summer months, and I know more work is planned, including the creation of some naturalisation areas around the pond edges.

And of course we have arranged to plant and maintain the various communal floral displays in the High Street, and we have delivered 74 hanging baskets and troughs for businesses and charity shops in the High Street, an increase in numbers compared to last year. A big thank you to our grower, David Johnson, who has done another brilliant job this year, growing everything from seed and, with help from this dad, getting all of the troughs and baskets delivered to the right places.

Looking ahead to the future, we really do need more help and support, including some additional committee members, so we can continue to make all of this happen. As with most of the great things that happen in Cranleigh, it seems to be the same small number of volunteers behind the initiative, and we really need to spread the load a bit more. So this is my appeal; if you get any enjoyment or benefit from Cranleigh in Bloom, which I hope you do, please consider volunteering on an occasional basis or joining our committee.

Our ability to enter South & South East in Bloom again next year, and retain our gold standard, will depend on finding more help.

We also want to coordinate with other local groups and expand our activities to cover more areas in the villages, including working with the schools and residents associations, so please do join our committee or regular volunteers list to make this possible.

With no further ado from me, it’s time for the part of the afternoon you’ve all been waiting for, the Cranleigh in Bloom Awards 2017.

I would like to say thank you to Kevin Tait from Farnham Town Council, who kindly devoted a Saturday morning earlier in the summer to tour the High Street and carry out the initial judging this year. This judging session was followed-up a few weeks ago, to make sure you all kept up your watering efforts for the rest of the summer! We then averaged the two scores to calculate the bronze, silver and gold winners.

Before I announce the winners in each category, I want to say that you are of course all winners. Receiving a Gold certificate is of course a brilliant achievement, but by simply taking part in Cranleigh in Bloom and displaying a hanging basket or floral display, you are making such an important contribution to the overall look and standard of the village, so thank you and well done.

Cranleigh in Bloom July litter pick

Cranleigh in Bloom is leading a village-wide litter pick on Saturday 15th July at 10am.

Come along and volunteer to help tidy up your beautiful village!

Bags, litter picking sticks and gloves will be provided.

Meet outside the Parish Council offices in Village Way at 10am for a briefing and meet back in the same place (with lots of collected litter, hopefully!) for a cold drink and biscuits.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Jane at joleary@oaktax.com as this will help us keep track of numbers expected on the day.

Cranleigh in Bloom Welly Boot Competition

Congratulations to Martha Wheeler, winner of the Cranleigh in Bloom welly boot competition at the Cranleigh Lions Fun Day & Carnival 2017.

In second place was Park Mead School’s Saturn Eco-Warriers, followed by Park Mead School’s Mercury Eco-Warriers in third place.

Cranleigh in Bloom enjoyed exhibiting at the Fun Day, speaking to visitors about our goals as a group of volunteers and encouraging a few people to join us too!

We also had lots of children take part in our treasure hunt; finding six planted welly boots hidden on other stalls, in return for a prize of some sweets.

Cranleigh in Bloom volunteer is award finalist

Cranleigh in Bloom volunteer and committee member Andrea Bamford has been named as one of three finalists for the Roger Coupe Star Awards 2017, for its Star Garden award.

The Cranleigh-based estate agent invited nominations for the honour last month and has narrowed the list of contenders down to a trio of community-spirited garden enthusiasts.

Andrea is a passionate gardener and the newspaper report about the finalists explains her cottage garden in the village is packed full of carefully chosen and cared for plants.

Andy’s latest volunteering endeavour has been to tidy up the neglected garden in front of Cranleigh Village Hospital, where she has been pruning, weeding and mowing the lawn to make it look its best.

Ahead of judging for the South & South East in Bloom Awards last summer, she was out working on Cranleigh High Street early in the morning and late in the evening preparing for the visit, even weeding the various drains and doing ‘guerilla weeding’ to tidy up messy patches along the route judges would be taking.

Cranleigh in Bloom subsequently won Gold at the South & South East in Bloom Awards, and was named overall category winner, due in no small part to Andy’s hard work preparing the village for the visit from its judging panel.

Andy has also volunteered at pond clearing work parties, helped Waverley Borough Council’s countryside rangers improve ponds and helps keep the village clear of litter.

You can vote for Andy by emailing starawards@pmwcom.co.uk with ‘Andrea Bamford’ in the subject line.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 14th May 2017.

 

Cranleigh Village Hospital Garden

Cranleigh in Bloom has been working hard to improve the neglected garden at Cranleigh Village Hospital.

During several working parties, we have removed weeds and cut back overgrowth, before edging the borders, mowing the lawn and adding fresh compost. New plants have also been added to the garden which are sympathetic to the cottage garden.

Cranleigh Village Hospital was the first cottage hospital to be opened in England. The original cottage where the hospital was hosted has been dated to around 1446 by dendrochronology.

In 1859 the local GP, Dr Napper and the village rector, Archdeacon Sapte established the hospital with the support of generous patrons.

The beds were finally closed in 2010, as a result of changes in policy and NHS funding priorities.

Great British Spring Clean

Volunteers from Cranleigh in Bloom gathered in the village this morning to take part in the Great British Spring Clean.

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition; to bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

In 2015, one enthusiastic individual – Melissa Murdoch – had an idea to get people from all walks of life together in cleaning up the rubbish that surrounds us.

Together, with Adrian Evans, Keep Britain Tidy, Country Life Magazine and a range of supporting partners the Clean for The Queen campaign inspired 250,000 people to get involved in local clean ups through March 2016.

During March 2017, the Great British Spring Clean aims to to inspire 500,000 people across the UK to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Here in Cranleigh, a group of 16 enthusiastic volunteers spent more than an hour collecting litter from around the village, including the Downs Link, Snoxhall Playing Fields, The Common and High Street.

We are very grateful to Waverley Borough Council for their support, providing the litter pickers and high visibility jackets, and for collecting the bags of litter following the end of the session.

Litter in Cranleigh

Cranleigh in Bloom are taking an active stance against the growing problem of litter in Cranleigh.

The failure to keep the recycling bins in Village Way car park empty has been reported to Waverley Borough Council and their contractors Veolia UK.

Commenting for the Surrey Advertiser, Cranleigh in Bloom chairman Martin Bamford said:

“It has been disappointing to see an increase in litter around the village in recent months. We all want to live and work in a clean and tidy environment.

“The recycling bins in the Village Way car park have over spilled on multiple occasions and litter bins in the High Street are not being emptied as frequently as needed.

“There is anecdotal evidence that the reduced opening hours at the Elmbridge Road Recycling Centre has resulted in more fly-tipping.

“Litter should be a priority for everyone, especially Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council, who really need to up their game and provide the facilities paid for via our council taxes.”

Crocus planting on Cranleigh Common

Cranleigh in Bloom supported Rotary Club of Cranleigh in planting 6,000 crocus corms on Cranleigh Common this morning.

The project, which took place as part of the national Purple4Polio campaign, was designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.

The Purple4Polio campaign is an exciting partnership between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

In heavy rain, a team of 16 volunteers planted the 6,000 purple crocus corns in less than 2 hours.

The corms were planted in the shape of the Rotary wheel, which should result in a stunning display in the Spring.

Cranleigh War Memorial & Autumn Planting

Cranleigh War Memorial & Autumn PlantingCranleigh in Bloom has been helping Waverley Borough Council tidy the area around the Cranleigh War Memorial in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.

Volunteers from Cranleigh in Bloom have helped to weed and trim plants in the area and Waverley Borough Council’s contractor Glendale Services have been working on clearing some plants which have died back during the summer. They have taken some samples to find out why this has happened so that a decision can be made about replacements in the future.

Cranleigh in Bloom is also grateful for the work which Cranleigh Garden Services have undertaken during the year around the War Memorial. The local gardening business has been cutting the grass weekly on a voluntary basis to complement the maintenance carried out by Glendale Services.

Cranleigh Parish councillors are carrying out a litter picking session this Saturday, along the route of the Remembrance Sunday parade, to ensure this is free from litter on the day and would be grateful if members of the public could pick up any stray litter. The Parish Council have also paid for the War Memorial to be cleaned.

Cranleigh in Bloom’s grower, David Johnson of Baskets in Bloom, has recently completed the Autumn  planting in the public areas of the High Street and has replanted the Cranleigh Library flower bed with colourful bedding plants.

Several shops in the village have purchased tubs or baskets which together with the displays from larger shops make for a touch of colour throughout the winter months.

For more information about sponsorship or volunteering opportunities with Cranleigh in Bloom, email chairman@cranleighinbloom.net or call Andy on 01483 274566.