South West in Bloom judges, Christine Fraser and Alex Brotherton received a grand welcome when they visited Crewkerne on Friday morning. The welcoming party outside of the town hall included committee members from Crewkerne In Bloom, Town Crier David Craner and Mayor Kathy Head. After a special cry for the occasion was proclaimed by David, the Mayor announced that the winner of the shop window competition was Oscars Wine Bar. A Special Community Commendation was awarded to the Red Cross shop, whose volunteers were assisted by First Crewkerne Scouts and Busy Bees Playgroup in making the window display.

The South West in Bloom judges travelled around the outskirts of the town in the Crewkerne Voluntary Transport mini-bus accompanied by several committee members from Crewkerne In Bloom. The judges were impressed with the outdoor classes in the forest at Ashlands First School, the natural beauty of Bincombe Beeches and the community spirit at Severalls Memorial Gardens, commenting that it was wonderful to see all age groups working together in such a respectful way.

In the town centre, the route for judging included Market Street, Church Street, Falkland Square and Henhayes with colourful arrays of flowers in hanging baskets, planters and on bicycles and bright pom-poms and parachuting teddies enhancing the floral displays in the town. A buffet style lunch with fresh strawberries, meringues and cream was laid on for the judges, sponsors and other guests at St Bartholomew’s Church rooms by the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne.

Crewkerne will have to wait until October to find out how the town fared in this year’s South West in Bloom, while in the meantime the great work by Crewkerne In Bloom volunteers continues, keeping flowers and plants well watered and looking fresh. A spokesperson for Crewkerne In Bloom said: “Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on judging day and leading up to it, We will be carrying on keeping the town looking bright and cheerful and always welcome new volunteers.

“The Crewkerne In Bloom committee thank all businesses that entered the window competition and made such beautiful displays, the judge was very impressed and it was a very close decision on who should win the Williamson shield. We would also like to thank Town Crier David Craner, the Mayor Kathy Head, the volunteer driver of the CVT bus who waited patiently for us in the heat, Creative Crewkerne for the pom-poms and the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club. The lovely lunch was very much appreciated especially by the judging party who were hot, thirsty and hungry.” Anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering with Crewkerne In Bloom, please email or call 01460 72665.

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