On Wednesday 20th September the Village in Bloom committee travelled to
Gatwick to attend the South and South East of England awards. We had no
expectations as this was our first entry, but were excited to sit down with
The awards are given in the following categories, Highly Commended, Bronze,
Silver, SilverGilt and Gold. Only the main awards are given at the ceremony.
We watched as castles, towns and stately homes received their awards. After
luncheon it was time for large villages. It was with huge pride that
Village in Bloom Titchfield were awarded a SilverGilt and two members of the
committee received it on behalf of the village.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, helped and supported. Our
village has become one of two receiving SilverGilt, there were no Gold
awards in this category. It was also announced that coming in on a
SilverGilt was a force to be reckoned with.
The Committee are now ready to carry on and aim for Gold next year . We will
let you know if we have any result in the Borough awards on the 27th.
Thank you and well done everyone !
We won an award. A Silver Gilt award, a category between Gold and Silver apparently.
Well done Titchfield and well done to the VIB team.
More details to follow
Here is Gloria’s report on the judges visit. Titchfield in Bloom 2
Gloria and her team have done a splendid job, working many hours to make the day a success.
And the work continues.
Three cheers for the VIB team!
We are really near the judging day and the village is looking lovely . Thank you so much to everyone who have put blooms out already and I know many are still working on some to put out.
I have also seen the odd flag out to greet the judges and hope others will follow on the day.
The judging is important for the village but we are not just doing this for that reason . All new pots and planters we have filled will stay there to be filled after the summer with spring displays for the continual enhancement of the village.
During the week of July 10th the committee members will be travelling down every road in Titchfield, identifying wonderful pots and containers and photographing them . These will then be looked at and winning containers, hanging baskets will be chosen. The owners will be contacted and invited to our own award ceremony in the Parish Rooms in September. We want to do this as the residents have been so supportive, in so many ways, so hope you keep your displays out and easy to see.
I hope everyone is enjoying taking part or seeing the results. We will be in the Parish rooms on July 2nd if anyone wants to ask anything about Village in Bloom.
We hope that everyone will also support the Church , their Flower festival and the Open gardens, two more wonderful events for the village.
Well, at last we have heard from the judges. They will be visiting our lovely village on Monday July 10th. We will be placing containers around the village in dull corners, all marked as Titchfield pots. We are hoping everyone will put out their containers and baskets for that day and hang out their flags to welcome back judges after over 30 years.
We are having a number of clear up days for weeding pavement edges and litter picking. On June 25th, throughout the day, you will see us in the core of the village. Any help would be really appreciated.
Any children can enter a scarecrow competition . They need to make any size scarecrow out of recycled materials. Bring the scarecrow to the grass at the back of the community centre on Sunday July 9th at 4 pm with name and address attached .
We are awarding prizes for the best house container, the best basket, the best business and best private window.
We had to work out for the judges how many voluntary hours we had spent on this during 2017. It is a 360 hours so far. We started in October and will finish for this year in July, so it has consumed a lot of time. However, it has been an amazing committee who have been committed and enthusiastic, plus great fun.
We may not achieve an award this first year but the committee will hold their own award ceremony for prize winners and sponsors whose gifts of plants, compost and tokens has boosted our budget of £350 from the Titchfield Village Trust
TIB – It’s all happening. Planting is underway.