St Annes In Bloom - Looking for Golf Bags!

St Annes In Bloom - Looking for Golf Bags!

St Annes in Bloom are calling all golfers (or former golfers). Have you got an ‘old bag’ lying around?  Do you have a worn-out golf bag or one that you no longer use?

The volunteers can put it to good use as part of a floral display the group is creating this summer to link in with the Ricoh Ladies Golf Tournament. The prestigious event will be taking place at the Royal Lytham & St Annes course from 2-5 August 2018.

The golf bags, once modified to include planting pockets, will be displayed planted up with red and white based floral arrangements. They’ll line the route from St. Anne’s station to the course. The colour scheme for the tournament is red and white hence In bloom’s choice of colours. The planted up bags featuring summer bedding will be out on display in July and August.

Old golf bags wanted by St Annes in Bloom
Old golf bags wanted by St Annes in Bloom

In Bloom Chairman Fiona Boismaison said “This is an exciting project for us. Already several schools have expressed a willingness to get involved and we are hoping our displays will offer a colourful welcome to St. Anne’s for this prestigious event.”

Co-ordinator Tony Ford said “We are hoping that people may have old golf bags lurking in sheds, garages and attics and this is an opportunity to have a clear out and support our project at the same time. It’s a great example of reuse and recycle, which we hope will earn us some additional marks the next time the North West In Bloom judges pay us a visit.”

He went on “We’ve collected about 20 bags so far, some have been taken out of the waste stream. Others donated by local residents and some provided by the local golf clubs. We’ve even managed to obtain a couple of bags from the local charity shops. Several of the donated bags have come complete with old golf clubs and these will be used to provide support for climbing plants in our displays – nothing will be wasted.”

Our volunteers will happily collect from the Lytham St Annes/Blackpool area. Please contact us via Facebook or by email tonyford19@gmail.com or phone 07831 415482. (And please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)

More about St Annes In Bloom

In 2017 the St Annes on the Sea In Bloom volunteers secured a number of prestigious awards for their hard work and efforts.

Read on below to find out exactly who won what – and well done to everyone who helped to make the town blooming lovely. You all did a marvellous job!

St Annes on the Sea in Bloom 2017 Gold Medal Winners

Thank You from St Annes in Bloom

St Anne’s On Sea In Bloom held their annual ‘Thank You’ event in recognition of all of the communities and organisations who supported them in the 2017 competition.

The Mayor of Fylde, Councillor John Singleton JP, and The Deputy Mayor Councillor Ray Thomas, along with The Town Mayor Karen Henshaw attended, assisting in handing out the many awards and prizes.

Fylde Deputy Mayor Ray Thomas, Fylde Mayor John Singleton JP, SAIB Chairman Fiona Boismaison and Town Mayor Karen Henshaw
l-r: Fylde Deputy Mayor Ray Thomas, Fylde Mayor John Singleton JP, SAIB Chairman Fiona Boismaison and Town Mayor Karen Henshaw

A presentation given by Chairman Fiona Boismaison showcased all the hard work undertaken by the volunteers across the town which led to this year’s Gold award in the North West In Bloom Competition.

St Annes in Bloom volunteers

She illustrated the work done by Fylde Borough Council and volunteers in creating floral displays in St Anne’s. They led to the displays being awarded the ‘Kieran Moss Award’ by the RHS for the Best Floral Displays in the North West.

“This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved. I know how much care is taken in designing and planting and how much it upsets staff and volunteers if for some reason they get damaged” she said.

It’s Your Neighbourhood

The ten community groups who were entered the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’ competition were celebrated.

St Annes in Bloom presentations

One of this year’s highlights goes to Shepherd Rd Allotment Society who, not only were given Outstanding for the fourth year running but also the ‘Gateway Community Award’.

Indeed the RHS judges were so impressed with the society that they won the ‘Helen Home Trust Award’ for the best overall ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’ entry in the whole of the North West.

“It’s a real bonus to our town for one of our entrants in the competition to be given the best in the North West. Well done Shepherd Rd Allotments!”

List of results for ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’:

– Blundell Rd Allotments Outstanding for the seventh year in a row
– Friends of Blackpool Rd North Playing Fields- Outstanding (first time in the competition)
– Friends of St Anne’s Railway Station – Outstanding
– Fylde Sand Dunes Project – Outstanding (Judges Discretion)
– Supporters of Ashton Gardens – Outstanding (Judges Discretion)
– Beach Care Group – Thriving
– Friends of Hope Street Park – Thriving
– Friends of Seaton Crescent – Advancing
– Friends of Crescent Gardens – Advancing

Friends of St Anne’s Station were also awarded a Gold Medal in the Best Stations Category. This is the fifth award the group have received since they were formed in May last year.

Colourful Welcome

The results of the first Colourful Welcome Award for local hospitality sector were also announced by Fiona Boismaison. The businesses were judged over three months by the committee.

In Bloom displays at St Annes Pier

The results of the St Anne’s On Sea In Bloom Colourful Welcome Award 2017:

Guest Houses:
First                    Fairmile, 9 St Annes Road East
Runner up          Claremont, 1 Derbe Road

Hotels:
First                    Howarth, 315 Clifton Drive South
Runner up          The Hollingworth, 303 Clifton Drive South

Restaurant:
First                     Anatolia, Park Rd

Cafe:
First                    Pier Cafe, Promenade
Runner up          Vanilla, Park Rd

Public Houses:
First                    Trawl Boat Inn, 36-38 Wood St
Runner up          Victoria Hotel, Church Rd

“It was great to see the involvement of the local hospitality businesses joined in our new competition and I hope that more will want to enter next year. Paying attention to creating a cheerful welcome makes a positive statement about your business and improves the look of the town. Everyone benefits.”

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2 Comments
  1. I am after a couple of golf bags to plant up for Fairhaven Methodist Church (cnr Woodlans Rd/Clifton Drive to be in keeping with those already planted up in Woodlands Road. Please can you help?

    1. Hi Sheila, I’ll put a call out on our Visit St Annes Facebook page for you. Do you want to check there for responses – and I’ll ask people to contact Sheila at Fairhaven Methodist Church if they have any.

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