Fundraising has already begun for next year’s floral displays in the town, with volunteers from Crewkerne in Bloom selling potted bulbs and winter flowering baskets at the November Farmers Market and potted hyacinth bulbs on sale at the Rotary Shop in Falkland Square. To generate more interest among local residents, who may not be able to offer a hands on approach, the Friends of Crewkerne In Bloom has been launched. For an annual subscription of £10, Friends will receive regular updates, information on meetings and help to keep Crewkerne colourful and an attractive place to live, work or visit.

A summary of the past year was given at the Crewkerne in Bloom AGM by Chairperson Desi Fradgley who announced that a new chairman was required as due to other commitments she needed to step down from the group. Desi said: “What a very busy and exciting year it has been for Crewkerne in Bloom. We are very grateful to Wydale Plastics for their continued maintenance of the water bowser and to Richard Hall for allowing us to store it on his premises. We are also grateful to Tim Spilsbury who produced the logo for our new letterhead, the Town Council whose staff removed the bags of weeds and to Mike Wycherley who painted such beautiful flowers on two recycled troughs under the War Memorial in Falkland Square, which were very much admired.”

“We are extremely grateful to the shops and businesses who supported us with even more orders for baskets and everyone enjoyed the addition of some painted up bicycles with their flower baskets and recycled wheelbarrows. We selected the orange, red, yellow and purple colour scheme as it went well with the hamstone buildings in the town.” Others thanked for their support were the Bincombe Beeches volunteers, the Youth Group, Street Cleaning team at SSDC, Severalls War Memorial group, Ashlands School, Museum volunteers, St Bartholomew’s Church, Brimsmore Gardens and Crewkerne Inner Wheel. Individuals thanked were the Mayor Kathy head, Town Crier David Craner and Catherine Bacon, who produced the portfolio for the South West in Bloom judges and organised the day’s events. The incredible success achieved in the South West in Bloom 2019 competition which made Crewkerne a Gold Award and Cup winning town, sees the year end on a high note but more volunteers are needed to help with tasks and duties, to keep Crewkerne on the map and continue its success next year. For more information please contact 01460 72665, 07483938768 or email

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