March 2021 Newsletter

Spring is here!

The new season officially arrived on March 20th, but Crewkerne has kept on blooming through the early months of the year with snowdrops, hellebore and other beauties popping up all over the place.

Eye-catching daffodils and crocuses welcome all from every direction and volunteers continue to work on the Rotary Stone, Church Street, West Street and Rose Lane beds to keep them looking lovely.

Maybe you were fortunate enough to experience the amazing fragrance of the early flowering Daphne at the Rotary Stone? This bed is an example of the sustainable perennial and bulb planting that we are keen to encourage.

At St Bartholomew’s Churchyard, the wild daffodil and Purple4Polio crocus bulbs planted by volunteers last Autumn have rewarded us with the most beautiful show.

Not only do the crocuses look wonderful, their purchase has helped support Rotary’s fundraising for the global End Polio Now campaign. The purple crocus is the symbol of Rotary’s worldwide involvement, the colour representing the dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised. And of course, our own Crewkerne in Bloom logo features a purple crocus.

At the churchyard we've also planted native wildflowers

to boost the existing species and we are supporting the

no-mow Blue Heart campaign.

Competition Alert

While we look forward to entering this year’s regional contests - hoping of course to follow our 2019 successes - we are delighted to announce Crewkerne in Bloom’s Summer 2021 competition for residents. So that as many as possible can join in we have come up with four categories:

Front garden - judges will view from road

Front of house collection of pots and/or hanging baskets - judges will view from road

Photo of back garden not seen from road – judges won’t be influenced by quality of photos!

And for children – any plant/plants in a pot up to 15cm

What better incentive to get cracking with your planting and tidying!

Watch out for further information. Judging will be in July.

Next month, we’ll reveal details of a window competition for businesses.

News from It’s Your Neighbourhood Groups

Eager to start sprucing up the platforms, The Friends of Crewkerne Station were pleased to hear when they could resume work. Though with just two volunteers at a time from March 8th, activity can increase as restrictions ease. Fortunately, the bulbs planted last year are bringing early colour. First tasks are giving the planters tender loving care and trimming overgrowth on the banks to liberate the primroses.

FOCS send grateful thanks to Station Ambassador Tim who has kept an eye on planters as well as repairing paintwork in the waiting room in his own time.

Severalls Memorial, the perfect place for a reflective stroll is looking as delightful as ever.

The challenging work developing the terraces at the Pillbox is reaping wonderful results and the display of King Alfred daffodils is a particular success.

Meanwhile, the gardeners at Lyewater Allotments are gearing up for a busy and productive season.

Behind the scenes

Our monthly committee meetings continue on Zoom and you can view the Minutes on the

News section of our website:

This quieter time of year has been the ideal opportunity to plan our calendar of activities, and update our information leaflet.

If you’d like to become a volunteer, supporter or sponsor, we’d love to hear from you.

email or call 01460 72665

We’ve also reviewed our Health and Safety Guidelines for Volunteers and Safeguarding Policy for Children and Vulnerable Adults.

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