Raising funds for 2019 saw Ilfracombe in Bloom participate in Ilfracombe’s Art Trail back in May. Hosting a plant sale &, with the help of a local artist, running a floral inspired ‘Plastic Free’ craft workshop creating beautiful flower collages which were later displayed in our local library.
Having run the Ilfracombe Flower & Craft Show for a number of years unfortunately due to the number of entries having dropped it was decided not to run a show this year but to extend the plant sale we hold in May to include workshops on flower arranging & gardening for children as well as a children’s competition with Webbers Estate Agents as sponsors. This was included as part of the annual Ilfracombe Art Trail event.
Ilfracombe Flower & Craft Show In 2012, due to the demise of the Ilfracombe Horticultural Society, Ilfracombe in Bloom decided to rise to the challenge & host an annual flower & craft show for the first time. With some generous funding from the former club’s coffers to help it on its way the show was staged on August 12 at the Landmark Pavilion. There were seven different sections with a total of 45 classes including a range of entries from both adults & children.
The 2016 show was held on 7th August & the winners of the various sections were: Floral Art – Chris Woods, Cut Flowers – Caroline Weekes, Pot Plants – Chris Woods, Produce – Incredible Edible, Cookery – Bridget Gear, Craft – Chris Woods& Photography – Stephen Swain . The John Fowler Trophy went to Chris Woods for her numerous entries, enthusiasm & support of Ilfracombe in Bloom. In the Children’s section the winners were Dolores Elliott-Arkell, Kitty Elliott-Arkell, Isaac Elliott-Arkell, Jamie Castle & Jack Lewis. The Webber Estate Agents Cup went to Jack Lewis.
‘Incredible Edible’ Ilfracombe – 3rd May 2012 North Devon UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in partnership with several other groups was successful in a first stage bid to become part of the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably Learning Hub. They were given a development grant to work up detailed plans & bid for a possible one million pounds in revenue funding over five years.
The aim is to bring together the public, private, voluntary & community sectors to build up sustainable & resilient communities to help deal with the potential impact of climate change. Part of this is to work with the various towns of North Devon, so in collaboration with Greener Ilfracombe they will be exploring how their work of recent years could be developed to create an ‘Incredible Edible’ town. To this end an event was held in May to explore how locally grown food could be celebrated & grown as part of the town’s landscape. Ilfracombe in Bloom took part selling vegetable plants grown on by volunteers.
Greener Ilfracombe Open Day – 12th March 2011 This event at the Lantern Centre allowed the umbrella organisation Greener Ilfracombe & many of the partner groups to tell the public about the work they were up to. There was a seed & plant swapping stall & plant expert Rosy Grant was on hand to offer advice about the Garden Organic charity’s national drive to encourage more gardeners to preserve plant varieties by swapping seeds.
The open day was also honoured with a visit from Jacqueline McGlade, the executive director of the European Environment Agency based in Copenhagen, who sad she was very impressed by the event.
Exhibitors included Community Resources CIC – Community Transport – Cow Green Community Garden – Friends of Ilfracombe Library – Greener Ilfracombe – Ilfracombe in Bloom – Ilfracombe Rotary Club – Street Reps & Trans-Send.
KEEP IT LOCAL – 16th May 2010 – Grow it – Buy it – Live it
Demonstrations, Displays & Plant Sales, Sunflower Workshop for Children
Farmers Market & St John Ambulance Blood Pressure Checks
After the successful ‘Go Wild in the Garden’ held in 2009 it was decided to hold another event this year. ‘Keep it Local’ was held on 16th May at the Landmark with the Farmers Market being on the Green outside. Although the weather was not good several hundred people visited the event. Children were able to delve into the compost at a workshop to plant their own sunflowers to take home.
Exhibitors included Community Resources CIC, Cow Green Community Garden, Devon Wildlife Trust, Greener Ilfracombe, Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society, Ilfracombe Healthy Town, Ilfracombe Rotary Club, Instrumented Hive Project, NDC Parks Department, Patchole Herbs & Trans-Send
Go Wild in the Garden & Grow Your Own – 18th April 2009
As part of this important environmental campaign, Ilfracombe in Bloom, with support from Greener Ilfracombe, held a major event promoting the natural environment & the importance of gardens in the provision of habitats & support of wildlife. We also promoted ‘Grow Your Own’. Local & national environment groups put on displays & gave out information.
Sarah Chesters, Educational Officer of RHS Rosemoor, opened the event & the Rosemoor team gave help & advice to everyone at their display of vegetable growing. George Holman, from North Devon Council, gave demonstrations on vegetable seed sowing, taking cuttings of herbs & potting up plug plants, which he then gave to participants to take home.
There was a good mix of interesting & varied displays & exhibits offered something for everyone to enjoy & learn from, which fulfilled the Event’s aim of ‘Information & Inspiration’. People attending were handed a numbered leaflet itemising the displays & exhibitors. We estimate that between 650 – 700 people attended, staying for a long visit, very few walking straight in & out again.
North Devon MP, Nick Harvey, came, with his family, the children taking part in the children’s art workshop &, along with other children, particularly enjoyed seeing the captive hive of working honey bees.
Exhibitors were Ilfracombe in Bloom, Trans-Send, Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society, North Devon Biosphere (ANOB), RHS Rosemoor, George Holman NDC, North Devon Beekeepers, Devon Wild Life Trust, Braunton Burrows, Greener Ilfracombe, British Lichen Society, Rhodendrans Direct, South West in Bloom, Cairn Carers, lfracombe Rotary Club, Patchole Herbs, Exeter Seeds, Devon Community Resources, Oceanic Art – Karen Hawkins, St Johns – Stroke Awareness