Gold for Chesham in Bloom!

2015 Hanging Basket Winner

Winning Hanging Baskets competition entry by John Wodzynski

It was a full house for the Chesham in Bloom prize-giving and AGM on the 24th September at the Town Hall. There was much to celebrate, as Chesham was recently awarded a prestigious Gold in the Thames & Chilterns in Bloom regional competition for the second year in a row. And for the fourth consecutive year, Chesham was declared Best Large Town, beating similarly-sized towns from across the region. Lowndes Park, entering the regional parks competition for the first time, was awarded a creditable Silver Gilt. 

The Chesham in Bloom team was particularly praised by the RHS judges for involving all sectors of the community to work together throughout the year for the benefit of the town. The Town Council’s facilities, including the town centre flower displays, the new bed at Chesham Moor Gym & Swim and the Cameron Road allotments, were highlighted by the judges as areas of achievement.

The Prize-Giving Evening saw Town Mayor, Cllr Peter Hudson, award prizes for Chesham in Bloom’s own competitions that were open to residents and businesses. The results were as follows:

Spring Garden Competition
Winner – James Smith
2nd – Tracey Ryan
3rd – Amy Coleman
Tuppence in the Wild Flowers in Lowndes Park

Winning Photo Entry by Carole Jeffery

Photographic Competition
Winner – Carole Jeffery with “Tuppence in the Wildflowers in Lowndes Park”
Second – Tom Watts with “Magnolia blossom at St. Mary’s”
Third – Amy Coleman with “Evening Lights at Waterside”

Len Vockins Schools Shield
Winner – Waterside School (also Highly Commended in the regional competition)

Blooming Business Competition
Winner – The Queen’s Head

Best Hanging Baskets
Winner – John Wodzynski

Best Containers
Winner – Michael Harris & Tracey Clayton

Front Garden Competition
Winner – Diane Ponting
Second – James Smith
Third (tied) – Amy Coleman and Kevin Heffernan

There was also an opportunity for people to buy the 2016 Chesham in Bloom calendar, produced by JPS Stationers, which features fantastic views around Chesham taken by entrants to the photographic competition. JPS Stationers donates a proportion of the calendar profits to Chesham in Bloom, helping to ensure the sustainability of the campaign. The calendars will be available on their weekly stall on Wednesday’s market whilst their store is being refurbished.

Vince Crompton and Peter HudsonThe evening saw many people, including new Chairman Allen Tilbury, pay tribute to the inspiring leadership of Vince Crompton (pictured left with Cllr Hudson), who stepped down from the chair after three years. But Vince pledged to remain active, taking on the role of Fundraising & Sponsorship Ambassador, and urged people to get involved in whatever way they could. Forty-seven members were recruited on the night, with membership costing just £1 for the year and entitling free entry into the annual Front Garden competition as well as discounts at JPS Stationers, Johnson’s Dry Cleaners, Domesco and South Heath Garden Centre. Membership tickets are now available from Kathryn at the Town Hall, who can also be contacted on 01494 583798 or policy@chesham.gov.uk if you would like to find out more about Chesham in Bloom. 

Published: 25 September 2015