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South West in Bloom logo and link

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Revive Soil Conditioner, made in Somerset by Viridor from local composted plant material, is proud to be the overall sponsor for the RHS competition South West in Bloom

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The Hayle in Bloom Flag


The 2015 South West in Bloom Judging Date

could be Monday, 13 July.

days to go


13 March 2015. Last Friday the children at Penpol School had a "dress as a bee day" with the encouragement of Manda Brookman.


You can see some pictures on the Cornishman site by clicking here.

23 February 2015. At the AGM the following officers were elected:

Chair Nigel Powell
Deputy Chair Mike Kemp
Secretary Jackie Mace
Treasurer Lyn Reffold  
Congratulations to the new committee.





Nigel's first job was to present out-going chair, Anne-Marie with bouquets in thanks for her excellent service.

  Also receiving thanks was Lyn Reffold for her fantastic fund-raising.

And Ann Foreman for taking on Adopt-a-Plot for another year (and for her 90th birthday). She was delighted to receive a litter picker - what more could you ask for on your birthday?)

Former chair, Margaret Tanner, joined in the congratulations.



And gardener, Tony Thacker, received a gift from Deputy Chair, Mike Kemp, in honour of his unstinting support for our gardens and Hayle in Bloom.


Photos: John Bennett


22 February 2015. On 7th March Hayle in Bloom is running our third event in the Hayle Blooming Bee Friendly programme, with a little money we have raised from the Cornwall Community Foundaiton, building on our successful community day in June last year and our Pollinator Masterclass before Christmas. As a result of inviting the local schools once again, and offering to run assemblies on bees and pollinators, Manda Brookman will be running two Bee Assemblies in Penpol School the week before, culminating in helping judge a school Bee Costume Competition, which is wonderful. The school is hugely excited about taking part, and we do hope we can do everything we can to help it support food, health, pollinators and local environmental awareness in the curriculum!


9 February 2015. Make a note in your diary: It's Your Neighbourhood entries in 2015 will be assessed between Wednesday 1st July and Friday 31st July.
Hayle's results in 2014 were:
  Hayle - Millpond Outstanding
  Hayle - Riviere Sands Holiday Park Thriving
  Hayle - Community Celebration Day Thriving
  Hayle - War Memorial Thriving
  Hayle - Library Wildlife Garden Outstanding
  Hayle - Paradise Park Outstanding
  Hayle - Lethlean Lane Allotments Thriving
  Hayle - Penpol Terrace Outstanding
  Hayle - Penpol School Thriving
  Hayle - King George V Memorial Walk Outstanding
  Hayle - Adopt-a-Plotters Outstanding

10 December 2014.

Hayle in Bloom produced some lovely Christmas displays that were on show at a number of locations throughout the town.

Our gardener, Tony Thacker, proudly displays one of the creations.

23 October 2014. Horray, hooray! We won Gold again - our tenth Gold and nine straight. This year could be ten in a row. Although we did not win the cup, we did come second. What a team!


Preece Cup


Glastonbury in Bloom



Hayle in Bloom



Midsomer Norton



Seaton in Bloom

Silver Gilt


Sherborne in Bloom

Silver Gilt


14 July 2014. Hayle was looking lovely for the South West in Bloom judging day.
Photograph: Cornishman

Judges Steve Clampin and Rob Harkness are shown here at Paradise Park with Hayle Mayor Graham Coad, Hayle in Bloom chair Anne-Marie Rance, gardener Mike Kemp and flanked by Alison Hales and Nick Reynolds of Paradise Park. Many of the HIB volunteers joined the judges for the closing event sponsored by Paradise Park.

Volunteers from Hayle in Bloom (HIB) have worked throughout the year to keep the green spaces in the town tidy and chairman Anne-Marie Rance, said they hoped they had done enough to get a gold award.

"The town looked absolutely fabulous thanks to our wonderful volunteers," she said. "They've had to work extremely hard this year to maintain a standard because of all the cutbacks at Cornwall Council. We've also had honorary members who helped out at our working parties."

This year's Blooming Hayle event, organised by Hayle in Bloom,  was on Sunday, 29th of June on the King George V Memorial Walk. We had parades, events and lots of stalls. And great weather. Thousands turned out, locals and visitors.
What's a festival without the town band?

Leader of Cornwall Council and Leader of Hayle Town Council!

(both Hayle boys)

Lots of smiley faces
Town organisations galore
Lots to see and do
Bee friendly
The special festival diet - yum...
Bands, singers and dancers - a great day

Hayle in Bloomers did not have far to go this year for the South West in Bloom Awards ceremony - Truro Cathedral.

And our prayers were answered! We won Gold again keeping our unbroken record for eight consecutive years. Congratulations to Hayle's head gardener, Mike Kemp, and his team including Anne-Marie and Tony and to the Hayle in Bloom volunteers led by Margaret Tanner.

In addition to main event we also received the following 'It's Your Neighbourhood' awards:

Railway Walk, Hayle



Hayle Community Celebration Day



Copperhouse, Hayle



Bob's Meadow, Hayle



Hayle In Bloom Adopt A Plotters



Millpond, Hayle



Paradise Park, Hayle



Riviere Sands Holiday Park, Hayle



Lethlean Allotments, Hayle



Penpol Terrace Gardens, Hayle



Hayle Library Garden



King George V Memorial Walk, Hayle



Penpol School, Hayle


And, to top it all, we were awarded the West Country TV Cup for an outstanding specific project - the recently installed Copperhouse Pool Sluice Gates. Thanks to Anne-Marie Rance and Mike Kemp for spearheading this project.
27 June 2013. Hayle in Bloom's Sandi and Daphne Morgan were caught by a passer-by who sent us this photograph. They are working on the flowerbed in Copperhouse - and smiling as usual.

23 June 2013. Hayle in Bloom's annual celebration, Blooming Hayle, took place today on the beautiful King George V Memorial Walk. We had 30 stalls, Heyl Town Band, Penpol and Connor Downs Schools and Bodriggy Academy and the fantastic Savvy Dancers - all announced by our two town criers. Over three thousand people turned up and the Walk was packed from Noon until 4pm.

Here are some of the highlights. Click here for the programme.

Crowds on the Memorial Walk
The Puffing Devil in Steam - Thanks to the Trevithick Society
The Mayor and Consort
The Town Criers Clearing the way for the Grand Parade
The Grand Parade
The Mayor Rides the Pink Panther
The Carnkie Clog Dancers
18 October 2012. The Cornwall in Bloom presentations were made at the Eden Project and Hayle in Bloom was honoured with the following awards: (click pictures for larger versions)
Hayle Library Wildlife Garden, Budding Award
King George V Memorial Walk Adopt-A-Plotters, Full Bloom Award
Hayle in Bloom, Full Bloom Award
Full Bloom is the highest award. Well done team!
24 September 2012. Hayle in Bloom celebrates its success.
20 September 2012. Hayle Does it again!
The Hayle in Bloom team went to Weston Super Mare to hear the results of the 2012 South West in Bloom competition.
The morning session is about Neighbourhood Awards and we got plenty of those: the Railway Walk, Bob’s Meadow, Library Wildlife Garden, Adopt-a-Plotters, Allotments and King George V Memorial Walk.
But the afternoon is when the big announcements are made. Hayle is in a group where most of the other towns are twice the size and the competition is fierce. The names were called and lots of Silver-Gilt awards were given. But Hayle got Gold - the only Gold! That meant we also won the Preece Cup! Cue cheering in the aisles.
Well done to the Hayle in Bloom team, our gardener Mike Kemp and his helpers Tony and Anne-Marie.
11 July 2012. The big day is tomorrow and the forecast is for heavy rain! Nothing new there then :-(. Make sure you have your waterproofs.

9 July 2012. The latest copy of Growing Communities – the RHS community gardening magazine, is available on the RHS website - Growing-Communities.

Take a look, there are some great ideas.

29 June 2012. Today saw the installation of the beam engine on top of our flower bed honouring Hayle's World Heritage status. Terry English, armourer to many Hollywood films, created it for Hayle in Bloom and he is pictured here with the Hayle in Bloom team.


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I look forward to your support in 2015. Let's bring home Gold for the 10th year in a row!

Nigel Powell.



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