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In Bloom

Giant Picnic in the Park

This year Herne Bay in Bloom were the main organisers of this community event based in the town’s Memorial Park which was facilitated by a generous award from the Heritage Lottery Fund . People United (last year’s organiser) and Canterbury City Council Festival personnel also provided practical support and advice both in the planning and on the day. Over 20 community organisations attended contributing many different …

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Compliments for Herne Bay in Bloom Summer Flower Displays

A card left at our stand at the seafront Community Shop and Gallery  this week reads as follows: “We wanted to say how lovely the flowers in the town everywhere are looking this Summer and to thank you all for your hard work and commitment. Of special note the flowers at and by the Rose Inn in Mortimer Street and the High …

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Urban Meadow Planting

The town’s verges and green spaces are looking really colourful at the moment due to the initiative of the Herne Bay in Bloom team. This Urban Meadow Planting Scheme was undertaken for the Herne Bay in Bloom campaign by Serco earlier in the year seeding with a mixture of annual and perennial flowers. Particularly attractive is the sward of colour …

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This year’s competition attracted over 120 entrants to the 14 different categories. At a celebration meeting at the Baptist Hall Herne Bay on 7th July Councillor Rosemary Doyle presented the winners with gardening vouchers sponsored by local businesses and organisations. All first prize winners received a commemoration shield from the Herne Bay in Bloom committee.

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In Bloom outfit’s confidence grows

Blooming lovely: From left, Margaret Burns (HBIB publicity officer), Andrew Babbage (RHS judge), Jean Law (KCC councillor) Colleen Ashwin-Kean (HBIB secretary) Jim Buttress (RHS judge), Derek Sidaway (HBIB chairman) and Chris Sears (Serco representative)It's going to be a long summer for the Herne Bay in Bloom (HBIB) team as they wait to see what judges thought of their colourful campaign. Organisers must keep everything crossed until September, after the judges visited on Thursday. Spokeswoman Margaret Burns said she was cautiously optimistic:

"It's always hard to say, but we got some very good vibes. We all felt very positive about everything. Even if we don't get a gold, I think everyone felt very good about what we'd managed to achieve this year, and we feel the town has been looking really nice."

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Gallery: Sea Street Roundabout

This was designed by the Herne Bay in Bloom team and built by Serco in June 2011. The boat was donated by Jan Cook in memory of her late husband Ken Cook who built it.

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The Hundred Steps Garden

Herne Bay in Bloom and the Friends of the Downs working together The Friends of The Downs is a newly formed group of Herne Bay residents, chaired by local ward councillor Gillian Reuby. The Friends are the focus for the future care and management of the Downs area, to ensure that the area is well looked after and continues to …

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Host of opportunities to put town on the map

A town on the up – that was the message from town manager Chris West for councillors. Mr West said Herne Bay was enjoying notable retail successes, including the opening of independent shop Berries Cake-Away and the arrival of clothing chain Peacocks.

At a meeting of the town's area member panel last week he also reported that the Bay had one of Kent's lowest numbers of empty shops at 5.4 per cent. This is in stark contrast to Margate with 37 per cent. Peter Lee, councillor for West Bay, spoke about the recent departure of Currys from the town centre.

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Schools continue to play a major role in the ‘In Bloom’ campaign. Bulb planting in Herne Bay Memorial Park has turned in to an annual event, and children from local schools helped to plant 1,000’s of bulbs in the park commemorating Remembrance Day. Members of the Royal British Legion also took part and supported the event, so that future generations …

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