Cranleigh in Bloom
Cranleigh in Bloom Update September 2015
Cranleigh in Bloom has been a total success story thanks to the drive and determination of Gill Ford (Mrs Bloom) and her team.
The project has promoted Civic Pride, encouraged people to get involved in their community and brought people together of all ages and of all abilities. It has been fabulous that so many of the shops have taken part and that the charity shops have been supported to take part.
We are also grateful to the main sponsor, Surrey County Cllr Alan Young and all of the other sponsors who have donated money to make this happen. Most of all appreciation should be given to the army of people behind the scenes who water, deadhead, prune and weed. Their hard work has given great rewards to their community and especially to those who may not be able to enjoy floral displays of their own.
Appreciation has been fed back by many local residents. Whilst entering the South East in Bloom competition last year was a fantastic achievement, keeping the competition within the community this year has been exactly right as it has given local people chance to get involved more easily and sustainably.
Gill is stepping down as Chairman of Cranleigh in Bloom later this month. The Parish Council would like to thank her for all that she has done and if she is still on the Committee hope that she will give support to the new Chair who no doubt will appreciate guidance, as Gill is a hard act to follow.
Cranleigh in Bloom Update April 2015
The businesses and shops along the High Street are supporting Cranleigh in Bloom even more this year, with plants for over 60 hanging baskets and troughs now on order, which is very exciting. We have secured more sponsorship this year too, which is enabling us to make new areas look wonderful. As a result Stocklund Square will have 4 large planters brimming over with plants and the War Memorial water trough will be included too.
A dozen other shops and businesses will also be doing their own displays including Yew Tree Vets, Broadmead Vets, The Cobblers, Carolyn Lodge, The Garage, Bramley Linen, Kelsham Dental Practice, Rawlings Butchers, The Fishman and the Handyman who will be having a wheel barrow filled with flowers. We will also be donating hanging baskets to all the charity shops on the High Street.
The colour scheme this year will be lovely pastel shades of purple, blues and pinks, so it will all look really pretty and continue to make Cranleigh a lovely place to live, work and play.
All the displays will be judged in the summer and Notcutts will be supporting Cranleigh in Bloom by hosting a Prize Giving Tea Party. Cranleigh Golf Club and Linden Homes have offered to sponsor areas too, so watch this space for more news.
We cannot run such a venture without volunteers and 9 trusty gardeners from the Co-op and the U3A Garden Club set to work this week to prune, weed and clear the leaves from the War Memorial, so it now looks really wonderful and the bulbs that we planted last year are ready to burst into bloom with the warmth of the glorious sunshine.
Results Day - 17th September 2014
It seems a very long time since all the excitement of Cranleigh's Big Day when the Judging took place on 8 July but we have finally arrived at 17 September for the Awards Ceremony.
The South & South East in Bloom results will be announced at the American Express Stadium in Brighton. There have been over 400 entries this year, so it will not be a short event!
During the day video clips will be shown of all the entries and as each village/town etc. arrives on stage to collect their awards, photos of their own displays will be shown to rapturous applause - especially from the Cranleigh contingent.
We have been looking at the displays over the past month and considering what Cranleigh would like to have in the village and what it will support. It has been obvious that watering and maintenance have been a big issue in the hot weather so we have to work out what will be sustainable for next year.
We have raised sufficient funds to replant the troughs with winter colour and plant more spring bulbs, as these really did add a 'zing' to the village in the early months.
All the entries were marked against strict Royal Horticultural criteria. So, after all the hard work these are the results:
Our Own Awards
1st The Natural Life Shop
2nd Cubbitt & West
Special merit to the Cranleigh Community Group
Official South & South East in Bloom Awards
Cranleigh in Bloom - Silver Gilt
St Joseph's Specialist School - Silver Gilt
Summerlands - Level 3
Little Manor Gardens - Level 1 Certificate of Excellence as a First Year Entry
Mead Road - Level 1 Certificate of Excellence as a First Year Entry
Cranleigh In Bloom Judging Report 2014
Cranleigh In Bloom Judging Report 2014 for Summerlands
Silver gilt awarded to Cranleigh in Bloom
The Cranleigh in Bloom Committee would like to thank everyone for their enthusiatic support and hardwork, which made this initiative so successful. Cranleigh in Bloom seems to have captured the village's imagination and made us even more proud of our village.
Please do help us to ensure Cranleigh thrives and continues to be a special place where we can all live, work and play.
Lots of hard work was been put into Cranleigh in Bloom for 2014 as you can see in the photographs below:
Aliums planted in Fountain Square
Glorious hanging baskets on the High Street
Volunteers planting at the War Memorial
Supporters of Cranleigh in Bloom
Barclays Bank plc
Burns & Webber
Cranleigh & District Lions Club
Cranleigh & District Probus Club
Cranleigh Arts Centre
Cranleigh Chamber of Trade & Commerce
Cranleigh Methodist Church
Cranleigh Parish Council
Cubitt & West
Dawn Fitness Studio
Eaton Goldsmiths & Silversmiths
Hart Brown Solicitors
HJP Independent Financial Advisors
Informed Choice Ltd
Kelsham Dental Practice
Leaders Agents Cranleigh
Linden Homes Guildford
Natwest Bank plc
Oakwood Business Consultants
One Forty General Store & Cafe
Pimms Funeral Service
Roger N Coupe Estate Agents
Roger N Coupe Land & New Homes
St Joseph's Specialist School & College
St. Nicolas Church
The Brownies, Cranleigh
The Challenger Magazine
The Co-operative Food
The Cranleigh Group
The Curry Inn
The Furniture Emporium
The Hair & Body Shop
The Nail & Beauty Shop
The Natural Life Shop
The Richard Onslow
The Rotary Club of Cranleigh
U3A Gardening Club
Waverley Borough Council
Yew Tree Veterinary Centre
8th July 2014