South West in Bloom judges were welcomed to Crewkerne on Wednesday morning by members of Crewkerne in Bloom, with the sun shining for the town’s important day. Following the reception outside of Crewkerne Town Hall, attended by the Mayor, Kathy Head, who is also chairman of Crewkerne in Bloom, secretary Catherine Bacon and members Sue Loder-Vagg, Veronica Chard and Ana Collingridge, the judges visited many of the town’s horticultural gems.
Judges, Nigel and Richard, were given a potted history on places of interest along the judging route, which was broadcast to their car from the CiB lead car, via a hands-free mobile device. Significant sites visited in the morning were Severalls War Memorial Gardens, where the group received a welcome by John Davies and the team of volunteers, Barn Street Recreation Ground, where a group of local people were enjoying an impromptu craft session and a couple of musicians were rehearsing and Lyewater Allotments for a guided tour around the site, which is now a registered nature reserve and in the process of establishing a community orchard.
The next stop on the judging route was at Pill Box 22, beside the main Crewkerne to Yeovil road. The SWiB judges and CiB members were met again by John Davies and several volunteers, who are known as Crewkerne Bloomers. Moving on to Townsend Cemetery for a guided tour around the Victorian landscaped grounds, conducted by John, who by now judges were convinced was a member of triplets, before visiting the Lucombe Oak at Henhayes.
Due to current restrictions, individual packed lunches, catered for by Sue’s Cafe were enjoyed under a large gazebo, erected by town council grounds staff on Henhayes Recreation Field. Tables and chairs were placed to allow safe distance between the judges and Crewkerne in Bloom committee members and volunteers. Jigsaw Preschool had especially decorated their fence, outside of the George Reynolds Centre, with painted paper flowers, making the area even more welcoming to the guests.
A walk around the town was conducted after lunch, stopping at the Rotary Stone and South Street Gardens, Falkland Square, The George Shopping Centre, Market Square, Church Street, St Bartholomew’s Churchyard and Church Path, before the judges left town to visit Friends of Crewkerne Station at the railway station.
A spokesperson for Crewkerne in Bloom said: “Thank you to you all. Your beautiful decorated bikes, the lovely front gardens, the pots, hanging baskets and shop windows made us feel really proud on our drive and walk around the town. Judging day for this year might be over, and we will have to wait until September or October for the results, but you can still take part in our Garden Competition, closing date July 26th, with entry forms still available from the LIC at the town hall, or from www.crewkereninbloom.org.“