7.30pm: Thornbury in Bloom AGM
The Swan, Thornbury
We would love you to join us at our AGM on Monday 25th November, 7.15 for 7.30pm start at The Swan in the High Street.
This is a very important meeting because not only do we have to celebrate the great success of this year but also say thank-you to five members of the team who are standing down.
We already have a possible four new members that we are excited to welcome to the team but we stil need a few more!
In particular we could do with one or two active types who would be happy wielding a strimmer or hedgecutter on occasions.
We also still need someone to take over as Chairman and that sounds a big ask but there will be a whole team of support behind a new broom?
So if you are recently retired/ moved to Thornbury/ looking... Read more >>
To enter your home/shop in the Thornbury in Bloom competition, please collect an entry form from Thornbury Garden Shop or T & J Owen's Florist during the Spring.
If you'd like to receive the Thornbury In Bloom newsletter by email, or to join the committee, send your email address to:
This year Thornbury entered the top class of the Britain In Bloom South West competition, the Champion of Champions class.
This means that instead of competing with other towns of our size we compete with all the winners from each category from last year.
Every entry this year achieved a Gold medal, which shows how high is the standard - but out of them all Thornbury was picked the best and lifted the Champion of Champions trophy.
Five members of our organising team, The Town Mayor Angela Symonds, and four members of South Glos grounds staff travelled to Newquay for the award ceremony.
The success reflects the huge level of community involvement that goes into creating our entry. From Brownies and Cubs, through schools, allotments, churchyards, private residences and businesses to retirement homes, every part of our town is represented.
So thanks go to everyone who has been involved in any way. The award is for the whole town and should be a great cause for celebration. We can all say we live in a Britain In Bloom top award winning town.
However we now have to look forward and with many of the members of the organising team having to give up some of their duties, mainly due to advancing years, unless we have some new helpers this could be the end of Thornbury In Bloom as we currently know it.
We need physical workers who can wield a strimmer, rake or spade, fund-raisers who can get out and spread the word to local businesses about the benefits of being associated with a Champion, someone with knowledge of local schools to co-ordinate our work with young people and we need people who can deliver leaflets, sell raffle tickets and make tea!
In other words there is a job for anyone who would like to be involved!
Anyone who is interested to find out more should contact any one of the current team, pop into Thornbury Garden Shop and speak to Sue or email or message us through our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thornburyinbloom.
Alternatively come along to one of our meetings - see the calendar for details. This would be an ideal chance to meet us all and get involved as a new member of an award winning team.
Thornbury's In Bloom group started in 1991- we CAN NOT let it fail now!
In addition to the town's awards we have numerous community groups who enter the "It's Your Neighbourhood" awards.
Each entry is awarded a grade from one of 5 levels from Establishing to Outstanding - "Outstanding" is the top grade and the second is "Thriving".
Crossways School Federation farmers
Tanners Court residents
Quaker Court residents
Tree Strategy group
Morton Bridge Wildflower Meadow and Orchard Group
Crossways School Ecobricks,
Thornbury Lawn Tennis Club
The Community Garden
Friends Of Castle School
Friends of Filnore Wood
Holy Mowers - St Mary's Church
Grace Lodge residents
Chantry Community Centre Wildflower Garden
Thornbury in Bloom have been awarded a GOLD medal in the Champion of Champions class in the South West and then we were awarded the overall trophy for being the best Gold making us the official 2019 Champion of Champions in the South West!
This result reflects the enormous contribution made by so many different people and groups over the year. Thank-you to you all and the result, which is for the whole town, represents an acknowledgement of how our community is really outstanding.
Looking forward we all need to consider the future of In Bloom in Thornbury as many of our members are growing older. We really need more volunteers to ensure this great heritage of success can continue. Please get in touch if you think you can help!
With thanks again to all,
The Thornbury In Bloom Team
We all enjoy the floral displays that brighten up Thornbury each Summer. Imaginative floral creations welcome us as we enter the town, and hanging baskets and tubs create colourful splashes throughout the town centre.
For this we have to thank the Thornbury in Bloom Committee - a group of volunteers who raise money each year to fund the displays, and work hard to plant up the various containers.
Their efforts make Thornbury an attractive place for locals and visitors.
Thornbury's green-fingered experts are closely involved; Jean Owen from J&T Owen florists decorates the Parish Pump as well as other containers throughout Thornbury, and Sue Aitken from Thornbury Garden Shop fills upturned putchers - these used to be used for catching fish on the River Severn and provide a visual link with Thornbury's heritage.
You'll find the putchers around Rock Street, the allotments and at Thornbury Garden Shop.
It's not just those of us who live locally who appreciate the effort and skill that goes into creating the floral displays. The Thornbury in Bloom committee enters the Britain in Bloom competition, and regularly wins awards.
Prizes are awarded locally to businesses: pubs, shops and even industrial units take part.
There are also local prizes for private gardens, and everyone is encouraged to take part. There are certificates and garden vouchers to be won!
Each Spring the Thornbury in Bloom committee holds a Thornbury in Bloom Day, with plant stalls and collections, culminating with an evening event, which in the past has involved presentations by Chelsea Gold Medal winners such as Jekka McVicar and Leyhill Prison.