Smiles bloom for golden towns
Celebrations in Chesham and Amersham as both recognised with gold awards
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.”