Smiles bloom for golden towns

Cel­e­bra­tions in Che­sham and Amer­sham as both recog­nised with gold awards

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A HOR­TI­CUL­TURAL group is bloom­ing de­lighted af­ter scoop­ing two top prizes at a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion for the sec­ond year in a row.

Che­sham once again won Gold and was named the best Largest Town, for the fourth year run­ning, at the Thames and Chiltern in Bloom awards, held in Ox­ford on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 16.

The town’s Lown­des Park also won a Sil­ver Gilt at the awards and Water­side School, in Black­horse Av­enue, was Highly Com­mended in the Mark Mat­tock Schools Chal­lenge cat­e­gory.

Last year at the com­pe­ti­tion, Che­sham won gold for the first time and it was also named win­ner of the Largest Town cat­e­gory.

Judges from Thames and Chiltern in Bloom paid a visit to Che­sham in July and were taken on a tour to see what Che­sham in Bloom vol­un­teers have been do­ing.

In the weeks lead­ing up to the judges’ visit, Che­sham in Bloom and an army of vol­un­teers held reg­u­lar work­shops to en­sure the town was look­ing at its best.

The group’s chair­man Vince Cromp­ton was in tears af­ter the re­sult was an­nounced.

Mr Cromp­ton, who stands down as chair­man to­day (Thurs­day) af­ter three years in the role, said: “I be­came very emo­tional when the re­sult was an­nounced. What a way to fin­ish!

“I wish to place on record my sin­cere thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Bucks Ex­am­iner/ Advertiser in bring­ing to the at­ten­tion of Che­sham res­i­dents the work per­formed by Che­sham In Bloom. My thanks must also go to the CIB com­mit­tee mem­bers for their hard work and loyal sup­port over the past three years, John Avery and pupils from the Skills and En­ter­prise Cen­tre, The Chiltern Cham­ber of Com­merce, busi­nesses, teach­ers and helpers who cul­ti­vated won­der­ful school gar­dens and churches for bright­en­ing their sur­round­ings and also res­i­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the var­i­ous gar­den com­pe­ti­tions and the public who sup­ported us by at­tend­ing our or­gan­ised events.

“Although I’m step­ping down as chair­man I shall con­tinue to be in­volved with CIB, we need the con­tin­ued sup­port of the com­mu­nity if CIB is to re­main at the top.

“Once again my sin­cere thanks to ev­ery­one. It’s been an hon­our and priv­i­lege to serve the com­mu­nity.”

Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son said: “I’m de­lighted by the re­sult, both for Che­sham and all

GOLD STAN­DARD: Che­sham won Gold and best Largest Town at the Thames and Chiltern in Bloom 2015 awards. the hard work­ing vol­un­teers who made it pos­si­ble. It’s a great tes­ta­ment that not only did Che­sham win Gold for another year, but was also judged Largest Town cat­e­gory win­ner for the fourth year in a row! The Sil­ver Gilt award for Lown­des Park was the ic­ing on the cake.”

Che­sham in Bloom’s prize giv­ing and an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will take place at Che­sham Town Hall tonight at 7.30pm.

Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

Amer­sham Town Coun­cil is ‘over the moon’ af­ter also achiev­ing gold in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

It also re­ceived The Sil­ver Gilt Award at the Thames and Chilterns Bloom Awards and best busi­ness in­volve­ment, while the best school went to Ch­est­nut Lane School.

Com­mu­nity town coun­cil of­fi­cer Steve Catanach said: “We are over the moon with the gold award and the un­ex­pected re­gional awards were a fan­tas­tic bonus.

“The suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Amer­sham Town Coun­cil, Amer­sham in Bloom group vol­un­teers, lo­cal busi­ness sup­port, lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups – most no­tably Amer­sham Ro­tary Club, Amer­sham Ac­tion Group, Amer­sham So­ci­ety and the Amer­sham and Dis­trict Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion – has made this won­der­ful achieve­ment pos­si­ble.

“Work­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity for a phe­nom­e­nal re­sult.”

Amer­sham also won best public park for the me­mo­rial gar­dens and another award for best con­ser­va­tion and wildlife.

Amer­sham com­peted against towns of a sim­i­lar size in the Thames and Chiltern re­gion, in­clud­ing Hen­ley.

The Mayor of Amer­sham Amanda Lamont said. “This is a tes­ta­ment to the de­ter­mi­na­tion and sheer hard work of so many com­mu­nity groups – schools, scouts, beavers, brown­ies, Chiltern Youth Pro­ject, WI Amer­sham An­gels, Amer­sham Ac­tion Group, Amer­sham Ro­tary and our ever-grow­ing band of vol­un­teers. Well done ev­ery­one.”

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