St Issey in Bloom is about being a strong community in uncertain times and providing an impetus for improvements to our historic village.
The St Issey in Bloom committee meets in the Ring 'o Bells Pub and new members are always very welcome.
Our chairperson is Brenda Wright who leads our indominatable team of gardeners and supporters with determination and style.
The Logo Design Competition was won by Ginny, who produced these beautifully embroidered pink and yellow forget-me-nots. Read more...
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St. Issey in Bloom 2017
St. Issey in Bloom was originally devised by Brenda Wright and Chris Ivins in August 2010.
Since then we have become Gold Winners in the “Britain in Bloom/South West" competition, in the village category for the last five years and last year 2016 we received a Gold in the Champion of Champions category.
During this time we have continued to enhance our village, by building walled raised flower beds, creating a Community Garden with several benches for the community to view the beautiful surroundings, also turned a “Grey Area” into a stunning “Willow Square”.
Created by our “Lost the Plot Allotment Team” who in the category of “Its Your Neighbourhood” have received the award of Outstanding for the last six years.
We are now working very closely with our local Church of England Primary School. This year we have revamped the “ Kitchen Garden” and created a “Woodland Walk/Butterfly Garden”, during the remaining period of 2017 and into 2018 we will continue to expand these areas, with a poly tunnel and raised vegetable beds.
During all of this time we have had the great honour of having the sculptor EMMA SCOTT as part of our Bloom Group.
Emma, has always had a love for all rural craft and art, during her early teens teaching herself many crafts, then as her children became older went off to night school and studied A level art, after two years her tutor advised her to apply for a foundation degree in fine arts and textile. Three years down the line, Emma was delighted to receive a BA honours in fine art.
Around this time when Emma was finishing her studies in 2010 she was introduced to the owner of “Mellingey Mill Willow Craft Centre” Mr.s Christine Old and her son Jacob Old.
Mellingey Mill Willow Craft Centre had once been a successful business run and managed by Mr. and Mrs. Old. It was open to the public and offered nature trails and woodland walks through the woodland and willow coppice, it was a working willow centre so willow was produced and used for products to stock a onsite shop. There was also a willow museum and tea room to take refreshment.
Unfortunately in 1995 Mr. Old passed away, the willow centre closed, the willow beds became redundant and overgrown along with paths and trails.
For the last seven years Emma has been working hard to restore the willow coppice, getting the land back under managerment. Mellingey is once again producing working willow that is being used to make produce hand crafted by Emma Scott.
It is from here that Emma creates her wonderful willow displays for St Issey in Bloom.In 2011 the Bloom group took on the task of creating a floral display on the island at the primary school entrance, and this being a Church of England school we wanted to create a link to the school, Emma came up with idea of the Celtic Cross. The children at school were so impressed, and after the children had spotted “Hares” running on the downs at the back of the school, they asked Emma, to weave a pair, to be erected in the new Community Garden
The “Hares” completed in 2013 from willow grow at the local Millingey withy pool, and designed by our own Emma!
2015: came along our family of “BEES & DRAGON FLYS” situated in our raised flower beds
2016: with the project “Grey to Green” the Lost the Plot Allotment team turned a grey area into “Willow Square” for all the community to enjoy, the team asked Emma for help, and she created the wonderful “Willow Harlequin Trees” planted in the ground with a potted frame side for protection.
2017: How do we follow this year, it all started with the idea of a “Scarecrow-Theme” the idea was put forward, and several people did do a wonderful show of scarecrows around the village.
BUT! with Emma on board it had to be something OUTSTANDING!
“LADY ISSEY” was created. The parish takes its name St Issey (Saint Yse or Ida) from one of the twenty-four children of St Brychan, a 4th centry Welsh saint and king (more details available @ Wikipedia.org
St Issey is a civil parish and village, situated two miles south of Padstow. The parish covers approximately 4,500 acres.
Emma Scott - email: email@example.com
Also see Emma's Facebook page
Reminder about your entry of a display in your front garden, to mark the special occasion of the QUEEN'S 90th Birthday!
Hope you have come up with some good ideas, looking forward to seeing them.
These displays will be judged on
SUNDAY 24th July
Brenda Wright-chair St Issey in Bloom
St Issey and Little Petherick
Invite the local community to get together to celebrate
"Her Majesty's 90th Birthday"
with a street party at the top of Gardeners Way
starting at 2pm - Please bring your own picnic.
"A Special Commemorative Coin to mark this special occasion has been produced"
All children of the Parish of the age of sixteen or under will recieve a coin. Plus anyone who has celebrated their ninetieth birthday this year will recieve a coin.
Anyone wishing to purchase a coin please contact
Avril Heard 01841540135
Nicky Carhart 01841549157
HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUR MAJESTY!
ST ISSEY and LITTLE PETHERICK COMMUNITY
RESULTS for 2015
Although proud of its past, St. Issey is a forward looking village, only four miles from Padstow and four miles from the market town of Wadebridge. You can walk our 'Heritage Trail' which is suitable for wheelchair access, while taking in the wonderful surrounding views of the downs and our stunning floral displays en route.
St. Issey has a variety of permanent and seasonal planting, including lots of bulbs in the spring; we do have some hanging baskets too, to brighten key areas.
We also love bugs and creepy crawlies for which we have made a special home, 'The Bug Mansion' at our primary school. Built last year, this is now home to several permanent residents.
We are now applying for a lottery fund grant so we can design and build a splendid garden area, with a special emphasis on attracting butterflies.
Our playpark committee are also working hard to revamp the playpark area for all our village children and visitors to enjoy. St. Issey in Bloom will be working alongside the playpark committee to bring this area back up to standard.
This year's 'South West in Bloom' award presentation ceremony took place at The Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and it proved to be not only a breathtaking venue but a wonderful day for St. Issey, coming away with the following results:
This being a prestige result, has taken us straight into the Champions of Champions for next year!
In order to maintain our high standards we have to continue with fund-raising, and are always looking for sponsorship to support our tasks. If you would like to sponsor us, please contact:
Brenda Wright on (01841) 540839
Chris Ivins at The Ring O' Bells on (01841) 540251
St Issey in Bloom
Dates for your Diary:
The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Village Hall.
More details will be published later.
"GROWING WILD-PLAY SPACES"
This is our new project for 2016
"Grey Spaces" into "Green Spaces" - the Bloom group is taking the lead to create this developement, which will be educational and rewarding for the whole of the community.
We are delighted to say we have been awarded a grant of £2765.00 from Awards for all/Big Lottery Fund for this project.
The Bloom group will use the funding to create a pleasant outdoor area in the village which has a lack of public meeting places. This will create an environment that will allow local people to spend time with nature and socialise.
2015 Was a FANTASTIC year for
St. Issey in Bloom!
Winning GOLD again at the South West in Bloom awards, plus the prestige award " The Mary Mortimer" rose bowl.
To celebrate and raise funds for our spring planting scheme, we held our annual "Christmas Bazaar" which was a great success,the village children really enjoyed the arrival of Father Christmas and his helpers.
Monday 7th December was the lighting up of the "Christmas Tree" thank you to Canon Michael Fisher for blessing the tree, and thank you to all of the community, who came along to this ceremony, singing carols and ending the evening with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie @ the Ring O' Bells.
Also a BIG thank you! to all the children from our village primary school, for all the help and support they gave to us this year: we held our traditional "Breakfast with Santa" event at the Ring O' Bells, the children arrived promptly at 8.30am and were greeted by Santa and his helping friendly elf to recieve a gift from under the tree. A FANTASTIC TIME was had by all!
ST. ISSEY IN BLOOM
Yes it may be only January but we are already making plans for this year's RHS - Britain in Bloom "South West in Bloom" competitons.
Judging will take place again in July - date to be advised.
This year we are in the category for CHAMPIONS of CHAMPIONS so we are aiming high, we hope you will enjoy seeing our plans coming to life over the next few months.
The Royal Horticultural Society will this year be doing displays at the Chelsea Flower Show
Celebrating HM the Queen's 90th Birthday.
We will be also be incorporating our own "Good Wishes" to the Queen in our designs on this special occasion.
Would you also like to take part by doing a display in your front garden to mark this happy event?
St. Issey in Bloom will be presenting a 'CUP' to the most outstanding display.
GO ON - HAVE A GO - make it FUN!
I Will keep you updated with any further details I receive regarding judging day.
Brenda Wright (chair St Issey in Bloom)
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
ST. ISSEY in BLOOM
Saturday 19th March @The Village Hall
10.30am till 3.30pm
Refreshments served all day
Come along, enjoy the day, gifts and treasures on sale on a large array of stalls
EASTER BONNET PARADE
will take place @1.30pm
Have a go, it is lots of fun, prizes for the best entries
All proceeds from the tables and the RAFFLE
for St. Issey in Bloom- Summer Bedding Plants
We still have a few tables available
if you wish to participate
PLEASE CONTACT: Brenda Wright 01841540839