January 2021 Newsletter

We hope our hyacinths are bringing you New Year Cheer!

Our popular annual sale of pots of hyacinth bulbs started in November at the Farmers’ Market in Henhayes and at The Veg Shed in the George Precinct.

If you made a purchase and are pleased with your nurturing skills, do post on facebook a picture of your pot in bloom or let us know at hello@crewkerneinbloom.org. You might even win a free pot next Christmas.

We’re Blooming - its Official!

We are proud to announce that RHS & South West in Bloom certificates have been awarded to Crewkerne in Bloom and to our It’s Yours Neighbourhood Groups. Not only do we have Recognition certificates, we are acknowledged for Inspiring others in 2020.

Then came triumphs for IYN Group Friends of Crewkerne Station in the Annual Christmas decoration competition run by the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (which covers the six stations between Crewkerne and Tisbury).

Crewkerne’s platform planters with their seasonal displays decorated with handcrafted pompoms and sparkling baubles caught the judge’s eye and netted the Awesome Festive Planters award, while the welcoming party of elves were deemed Most Festively Dressed Volunteers on the line.

But that’s not all! The year ended on a real high when we received a commendation and

yet another RHS & South West in Bloom certificate, for Continuing to Excel!

Catching up with other 2020 news:

We held our AGM in November on Zoom

We reviewed activities and accounts, elected our Committee and considered 2021.

Display at the LIC

To brighten up dull winter days, visitors and passers-by could visit the LIC where a colourful display showed what we’d been up to.

Christmas Cards

Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece and Spain are just some of the destinations we know our robin cards reached. Designed by Sue Ayres, talented artist and our website designer, they were incredibly well received. Secretly tucked into one of the packs was a voucher to claim Sue’s original print which she kindly donated. The winner was Maureen Sach.

Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church

A popular feature of Crewkerne’s Christmas events is always the magnificent display of decorated trees in the church. While there weren’t as many trees and the themed competition took a break last December, Crewkerne in Bloom volunteers and the Friends of Crewkerne Station made delightful contributions with handsomely decorated trees.

Talking of trees

……and moving on from the season of the partridge in his pear tree, we’re keen for everyone to plant trees! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you agree? Would you plant one in your garden? Are there any local places which would be enhanced by a tree? What is your favourite species? Do get in touch on 01460 72665 or via hello@crewkerneinbloom.org

Floral Tributes

Many of us visit the Cemetery to remember loved ones. Maybe you’ll notice your special area is in need of a little sprucing up which you’d be happy to take on. If so, or if you’d like to give some tender loving care to any of the surrounding beds, please let us know on 01460 72665 or hello@crewkerneinbloom.org. We’re keen to recruit a band of volunteers who will keep this unique landmark looking lovely. (Of course, if you’d prefer to do any work quietly on an informal basis that’s absolutely fine.)

Finally, we’d like to thank all our Friends and Supporters who help to spread the word about Crewkerne in Bloom in the press, online and on social media. And, of course, to our generous sponsors and volunteers who keep us going.

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