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.

Cranleigh in Bloom 2016 Winners

Certificates of achievement were presented the various participants in Cranleigh in Bloom 2016 at a prize giving tea party at Notcutts Garden Centre on Thursday afternoon.

Our judges carried out an inspection in the village last month, deciding the winners in a number of different categories and awarding a bronze, silver or gold standard.

The judges used the RHS judging criteria, looking for quality of planting, maintenance and floral impact.

Here is the full list of the winners in each category:

Hanging baskets

Gold – Handyman’s Hardware

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Silver – Cranleigh Village Community Hospital & The Natural Life Shop

Bronze – Carolyn Lodge Travel & Informed Choice

 

Planted troughs

Gold – Cromwell Coffee House

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Silver – One Hundred &Twenty One

Bronze – Idyllic

 

Large shops

Gold – Manns of Cranleigh

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Silver – One Forty

Bronze – The Richard Onslow

 

Community floral displays

Gold – Fountain Square (presented to Gill Ford)

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Silver – Stocklund Square (presented to Fran Foster)

Bronze – The Obelisk (presented to Abi Truelove) & Millennium Sculpture (presented to Andrea Bamford)

 

Perennial displays

Gold – Cranleigh Library (presented to David Johnson, Baskets in Bloom)

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Silver – Post Office flower beds (presented to Rotary Club of Cranleigh)

Bronze – Fountain Square & Village Hall flower bed (presented to Andrea Bamford)

 

Public Houses

Gold – The Three Horseshoes

Charity Shops

Gold – British Red Cross Shop

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Silver – Oxfam Shop

 

Smile Factor

Gold – Cranleigh Water Trough (presented to Miki Marks)

Silver – Cranleigh Community Group

Bronze – Rania Flower Bed (presented to Paul Stevens)

Special Award

Gold – Rawlings of Cranleigh

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Silver – Little Manor Service Station

 

Special Recognition

Gold – Stewart Stennett & Robert Todman

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Special Presentations

Cranleigh in Bloom chairman Martin Bamford presented £50 gift vouchers, kindly donated by Glendale Services, to Christopher Robin Sure Start Centre and Cranleigh Community Group.

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More photos from the Cranleigh in Bloom 2016 prize giving tea party

Cranleigh in Bloom 2016 prize giving tea party

Supporters of Cranleigh in Bloom gathered at Notcutts Garden Centre on Thursday afternoon to recognise the hard work of everyone involved, thank our sponsors for their generosity, and celebrate the most successful year for Cranleigh in Bloom to date.

Cranleigh in Bloom chairman Martin Bamford delivered the following speech at the prize giving tea party:

Cranleigh in Bloom 2016 prize giving tea party

Before we present participants with their certificates of achievement, I would like to take just a few minutes to remind you about the purpose of Cranleigh in Bloom, talk about our entry to the South & South East in Bloom Awards this year, and recognise our sponsors. 

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.

 I was very pleased to take over as chairman around this time last year, when I set a number of goals for the committee.

Our goals this year were to increase levels of planting in the High Street, encourage greater community involvement in the project, and submit a winning entry to the South & South East in Bloom competition.

We have experienced a significant increase in planting this year. Businesses have really embraced Cranleigh in Bloom, with more than 80 hanging baskets and 20 planted floral displays in troughs. Sure you will all agree that the High Street has looked stunning this year.

We wanted to encourage greater community involvement in Cranleigh in Bloom. I firmly believe that Cranleigh in Bloom needs to be about much more than hanging baskets and floral displays; it needs to act as a focal point bringing together the entire community.

There has been fantastic community involvement this year, something highlighted by the judges from South & South East in Bloom, with participation from the Cranleigh Community Group, Friends of Cranleigh Library, Cranleigh Arts Centre, Sure Start Children’s Centre, Rowleys Day Care Centre, and also the local schools, who will be performing a dramatic reading of poetry about where our food comes from at the Cranleigh Food & Music Festival on Saturday 24th September.

We also wanted to submit a winning entry to the South & South East in Bloom Awards 2016. This is part of the national Britain in Bloom competition, where boroughs, communities, residents and businesses can work together to improve their environment.

Cranleigh in Bloom entered South & South East in Bloom for the first time in 2014, setting the bar incredibly high winning a Silver Gilt award.

On 14th July, we welcomed to Cranleigh judges from South & South East in Bloom to show them the results of our hard work and answer what felt like hundreds of questions about our planting, our plans and our future plans.

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the South & South East in Bloom Awards 2016, in Fareham near Portsmouth, along with hundreds of representatives from other towns, villages and community groups.

I am very pleased to report that Cranleigh in Bloom was awarded the highest standard, Gold, for our entry this year.

Not only that, but the Cranleigh in Bloom entry was the overall category winner, receiving The Town Award 2016 from South & South East in Bloom.

We should all be very proud of this achievement, which really puts Cranleigh on the map and is a fantastic reflection of the hard work put in by everyone involved in Cranleigh in Bloom this year.

I would like to read to you the judge’s summary feedback from the South & South East in Bloom Awards:

“Cranleigh is a very pleasant place to visit with tremendous involvement of the community making it a welcoming centre. The floral displays were appropriate to the environment. The recently formed committee for 2016 is made up of a wide range of people and is working very well and achieving high standards in what they are doing. The tour on the day of the visit was well planned and a good itinerary. There is good support from the business community and will continue to grow with the enthusiasm of the committee.”

Thank you to my fellow committee members and our merry band of volunteers who have been tirelessly watering, weeding and dead-heading through the summer months.

Thank you especially to our sponsors and supporters, who provide the invaluable financial support and manpower we need to make Cranleigh in Bloom possible.

We have had absolutely fantastic support this year from Cranleigh School, Cranleigh & District Lions Club, Atrainability, Informed Choice, Cranleigh Golf & Country Club, Notcutts Garden Centre, Manns Café, TWM Solicitors, Roger Coupe Estate Agents, The Rotary Club of Cranleigh, Waverley Borough Council, Glendale Services, U3A Gardening Club, Cranleigh Garden Services, and Paul Stevens Garden Maintenance.

Our main sponsor for Cranleigh in Bloom, once again this year, is Cllr Alan Young, County Councillor for Cranleigh and Ewhurst. Alan, your generous support this year, both financially and your personal support of the various projects and on the South & South East in Bloom judging day itself, has made such a big contribution to Cranleigh in Bloom this year and has dramatically improved our village for everyone who lives and works here, and our visitors.

Before I hand over to Alan, who would like to say a few words before we present the certificates of achievement, I want to finish by looking to the future.

Over the coming weeks we will be arranging the autumn/winter planting displays in the High Street, encouraging local retailers to replant their troughs for the new season.

On Saturday 12th November, we will be working with The Rotary Club of Cranleigh to plant 5,000 purple crocus bulbs on Cranleigh Common, as part of the national Puple4Polio campaign, which is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good. As you can imagine, we will need lots of volunteers for that project, so please do speak to me if you are able to help out, even for only a few hours.

And then our attention will turn to Cranleigh in Bloom in 2017.

We’ve set the bar even higher now, with a Gold certificate and a category winning entry to South & South East in Bloom. To make sure we achieve an even higher standard next year, we need to recruit a few more committee members – and also plenty of volunteers to help with the planting, watering, weeding and maintenance of displays, as well as other projects throughout the year.

With the enthusiasm and passion for Cranleigh which I know exists in the local community, I am confident we can repeat our winning ways in 2017, make the village look even better next year, and maybe even have a run at Britain Bloom for the first time.

Cranleigh wins at South & South East in Bloom Awards 2016

Cranleigh was a big winner at the South & South East in Bloom Awards 2016 this week.

The entry from Cranleigh in Bloom received a Gold certificate and also named overall winner in its category, receiving The Town Award 2016.

Judges from South & South East in Bloom commented on tremendous community involvement, support from local businesses and a newly formed committee quickly achieving high standards.

Collecting the certificate and trophy on behalf of the village, Cranleigh in Bloom chairman Martin Bamford, managing director of Cranleigh based Informed Choice, said:

“When I took on the role as chairman of Cranleigh in Bloom at the end of last year, one of the goals I set was to submit a winning entry to South & South East in Bloom.

“Our committee, volunteers and local businesses have worked so hard this year to create a winning entry, at the same time helping to make Cranleigh look incredible throughout the summer. We set out to promote civic pride and picking up gold and The Town Award 2016 goes a long way towards that aim.

“I’m so incredibly proud of the success of Cranleigh in Bloom at these awards, and delighted that we have put Cranleigh on the map as an exceptional place to visit and indeed live and work.”

South & South East in Bloom Awards 2016

Part of the Britain in Bloom competition, South & South East in Bloom encourages communities to work together to improve their environment. The South & South East in Bloom Awards took place at Ferneham Hall in Fareham, with representatives from communities across the region in attendance.

Assessing Cranleigh in Bloom’s entry, judges from South & South East in Bloom said:

“Cranleigh is a very pleasant place to visit with tremendous involvement of the community making it a welcoming centre. The floral displays were appropriate to the environment.

“The recently formed committee for 2016 is made up of a wide range of people and is working very well and achieving high standards in what they are doing. The tour on the day of the visit was well planned and a good itinerary.

“There is good support from the business community and will continue to grow with the enthusiasm of the committee.”

Crocus planting in Cranleigh for Purple4Polio

Crocus planting in Cranleigh for Purple4PolioCranleigh in Bloom is pleased to be working with The Rotary Club of Cranleigh to support Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s Purple4Polio campaign.

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.

With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.

The campaign ties in with the 100 year anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own and only charity, which has played a key role in making polio eradication become close to a reality, along with hundreds of other projects both in Great Britain and Ireland and overseas.

One strand of 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.

Rotary clubs are joining forces with the RHS’s community-based Bloom Groups and will work in tandem to bring people together, transform public spaces to brighten up the local area and promote health and wellbeing by planting 5 million crocus corms.

Cranleigh in Bloom and The Rotary Club of Cranleigh will be planting 5,000 crocus corms on Cranleigh Common, with the kind permission of Waverley Borough Council, on Saturday 12th November 2016.

We are looking for more volunteers who can join us for an hour or longer on the day to plant some corms and help create a fantastic bloom of colour in Cranleigh next Spring.

Do email chairman@cranleighinbloom.net or call Martin or Andy on 01483 274566 if you are able to help on the day.