2020 ended and 2021 started with 2 major funding raising events being cancelled due to Covid 19.
The Christmas Fayre is an occasion where we sell our sizzling sausages but the whole event was cancelled.
Friday 29th January was the date set for our Annual Quiz Night with a ploughman’s supper served part way through the evening but with the whole country in lockdown this too has not happened.
We will miss the money raised from these two events but it will not stop us from our main purpose
to keep Bishop’s Waltham blooming
What is planned for 2021?
As January ends we have already chosen the plants that will go into each of the flower beds and we are deciding on the number of hanging baskets and planters we will ask the nursery to prepare for us.
We have made the decision that we will not increase the cost of these for this year as many businesses have been closed for long periods of time. We want the centre of Bishop’s Waltham to be as colourful as possible.
Hanging baskets and planters can be sponsored by both businesses and individuals. If you would like to sponsor then please do get in touch via our contacts page. Baskets cost £50 and planters £65. This cost includes all watering and the containers will be fed regularly too.
For a list of sponsors for 2020 PLEASE CLICK HERE
We are still deciding what seeds to sow in our two main wildflower areas and discussing how best to prepare them.
New planting on Old Station Roundabout
3 spindle bushes have been planted on the Old Station Roundabout. These have been supplied by the Parish Council and funded by Hampshire County Council as part of an effort for more tree planting within Bishop’s Waltham.
In the centre of these bushes a Hawthorn tree has been planted. This tree has been funded by a generous donation from one of our supporters in memory of two of her friends from Bishop’s Waltham who have recently died.
This planting can clearly be seen, as you travel around the roundabout from Corhampton Road to Victoria Road
Annual Floral Competition 2020
Due to the pandemic and the need for social distancing we asked people to submit photographs of their gardens to enter the competition. This was judged by Paul and Hazel Woodman. To judge via photograph must have been a very different experience for them. As usual the gardens entered were stunning and with some of our commercial premises not yet open for business others, who do not normally take part, took the opportunity to enter.
To see a gallery of winning photographs PLEASE CLICK HERE
Village of the year 2019
As you drive into Bishop’s Waltham you will see new signs announcing that we were voted village of the year in 2019. Bishop’s Waltham in Bloom has played a part in achieving this accolade. Local residents are involved with planting up the flower beds in May, in dead-heading and weeding the beds throughout the summer and early autumn, in entering our Annual Floral Competition and, along with local businesses, in sponsoring the hanging baskets and planters which adorn the centre of Bishop’s Waltham during the summer months.
Without the support of local people Bishop’s Waltham In Bloom could not achieve all we do.