Crewkerne In Bloom have reported a great first year with many local businesses and residents supporting the project and helping to brighten up the town with hanging baskets and planters filled with colourful flowers. The community project which was initiated by the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne, held its first planning meeting in January. A constitution was adopted and a committee of volunteers to oversee the project was formed a month later.

Fundraising at plant stalls, sponsorship and a grant obtained by Crewkerne Town Council from South Somerset District Council enabled Crewkerne In Bloom to move quickly forward, providing wonderful floral displays in the town centre, on the outskirts of town and in several residential areas, where residents were happy to join in the community project. A board with photos of the group’s achievements and names of sponsors was on display in Falkland Square, during the first day of the Charter Fair. Those who visited the Crewkerne In Bloom stand were invited to take part in a Treasure Hunt, offering a freshly planted hanging basket for the winter season as a prize. The winner was recently announced as Mike Weiler.

A spokesperson for Crewkerne In Bloom said: “The group have been very fortunate to have started this venture in a gorgeous summer, so only had to battle the heat rather than the normal hot, cold, wet, dry roller coaster of a typical British summer. We are extremely grateful to Wydale Plastics for the wonderful donation of a water bowser in memory of Heather and Robin Wyatt, which was a gift from heaven. We would also like to thank all our sponsors and especially Pattemores Transport Ltd and Pattemores Dairy Ingredients for our Hi-Viz safety vests, Bobs Tyres for looking after the hanging baskets in their area of Crewkerne, St Bartholomew’s Church for joining in the spirit of Crewkerne In Bloom and SSDC for their support.”

Other local businesses which offered help, sponsorship or supported the project by purchasing a hanging basket or planter include; Stokes Partners LLP, A E Stoodley & Son, Euroquartz Ltd, Kingcombe Aquacare, Twigs & Twine Floral Design, Honeydown Farm, Mayfair Town & Country Estate Agents, Lower Severalls Nursery, Footprintz, Waitrose, Barrett Bros, Bilbys, Boudicca and Black Swan. Thanks are also extended to the Men’s Shed who made the wooden planters and to The Speedwell, Rotary Club of Crewkerne, Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne, Crewkerne Gardening Club and Friends of Crewkerne Station.

The committee would also like to thank customers of Waitrose and Nick Bacon, who before the gift of the water bowser, supplied the essential manpower plus the use of a water barrel in the back of the farm truck and a step ladder. Nick’s efforts were very time consuming, running back and forth to fill up the watering cans. Crewkerne In Bloom will hold its Annual General Meeting in November, the date and venue is still to be confirmed. In the meantime if anyone has helpful suggestions for next year, please email or phone 01460 63856.

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