On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday and as part of the celebrations, Silloth’s Mayor, Councillor Tony Markley will be unveiling a new feature on Silloth Green.
In 2014, Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) were allocated funds from Heritage Lottery, to tell the story of Silloth Airfield during the war years and to preserve its rich history. To celebrate the town’s involvement in WW2 and to support Silloth’s ‘in bloom’ activities, STAG had the idea of a permanent structure based on the shape of a WW2 Hudson plane. Cllr. Markley approached GEN2 at Workington, enquiring if their talented apprentices could include the detailed planning and construction of a stainless steel replica Hudson bomber as one of their annual projects. GEN2 relished the request and the apprentices have successfully constructed the Hudson bomber at Workington which is to be gifted to Silloth residents.
A new raised flowerbed built by the Town Council’s grounds maintenance team is in the shape of an RAF roundel which will be planted up with colourful bedding plants in the RAF colours. The replica plane will be sited above the flowerbed. The flowerbed has been sited opposite the Silloth RAFA club on Petteril Street, whose members were thrilled to hear about the project. The project has been funded with a Community Grant from Cumbria County Council and a kind donation by the family of a former aero engineer, Rex Morris, who served at 22MU Silloth during the War.
On Friday 27 October 2017, Silloth-on-Solway was awarded a Silver Gilt in the Coastal Town (upto 12k) category at the Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony which was held at Llandudno.
RHS judges visited the 78 finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.
Silloth was judged in August by Ian Beaney and Richard Budge.
“The dominating feature of Silloth has to be its impressive Green. This swathe of preserved open space was well maintained, with individual features such as the Storytelling Chair made by local woodcarvers, the water fountain and the Millennium Mosaic.”
“The protection of the grand open space of Silloth Green was commendable, as many such open spaces have suffered from disjointed development over the years. The security that the community has afforded to this important open space and the pride of place it enjoys should ensure its future for the town for many years to come.”
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped Silloth to Bloom again this year. The town has looked amazing which has been reinforced by all the positive comments we received from visitors and locals alike. It has taken a lot of work over many years to get the town looking as good as it does, with a lot of that work going on behind the scenes. Silloth is a wonderful place to live, work and play and with continued efforts by the Town Council, its staff, volunteers and local businesses, our town will continue to flourish.
Also representing Cumbria at Llandudno was Penrith BID, Dalston and Kendal. Penrith won the Business Improvement District (BID) category and was awarded a gold medal for their entry. Dalston was also awarded a gold medal in the Large Village category. Kendal was awarded a silver gilt in the Large Town category.
Cumbrian volunteers Joan Robinson and Liz Auld also received community champion awards in recognition of their contributions to their Bloom groups’ success.
Silloth was awarded the Coastal Resort Trophy for the fourth year running at the 2017 Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony held at the Golf Hotel, Silloth. The award was presented by Cumbria High Sheriff Alistair Wannop. Silloth also achieved a Silver Gilt Cumbria in Bloom Pride in Your Community Medal Award.
From left to right – Edna Allison, Bill Jefferson, Judith Scott, Anne Winter, Tony Markley, Vivian Russell and Cumbria High Sheriff Alistair Wannop.
Anne Winter, Judith Scott & Edna Allison being presented with an ‘Advancing’ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award by Eileen Kirby, for the Community Garden.
Vivian Russell was presented with an ‘Outstanding’ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award by Eileen Kirby, for the Heritage Rose & Bee Garden.
Frances Jackson & Ann Harrison being presented with a ‘Thriving’ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award by Jane Hasell-McCosh, for the Discovery Centre Garden.
Thanks to Jan Fialkowski for taking the photographs of the event which can be viewed by clicking on the link below:-
The Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony took place in Silloth this afternoon at the Golf Hotel. Silloth has been awarded the Coastal Resort Trophy for the fourth year running which is a tremendous achievement. The award was presented by Cumbria High Sheriff Alistair Wannop. Silloth also achieved a Silver Gilt Cumbria in Bloom Pride in Your Community Medal Award.
The Heritage Rose & Bee Garden achieved an ‘Outstanding’ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award. The Causewayhead WI ladies achieved a ‘Thriving’ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award for the Discovery Centre Garden and the Friends of Silloth Green achieved an ‘Advancing’ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award for the Community Garden. The awards were presented by Eileen Kirby & Jane Hasell-McCosh.
Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club achieved a Silver in the Cumbria in Bloom Tourism Medal Awards.
The Cumbria in Bloom awards are a tremendous achievement for the whole town and reflects all the hard work and preparation put in by everyone concerned, over many months. There have been a lot of positive comments received this year from both visitors and local residents. The town has never looked better!
Hosting this year’s Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony has certainly put Silloth on the map, with visitors from all over the County attending the ceremony, many of whom popped across to the Community Garden before they left, to enjoy the afternoon sunshine.
Silloth is also a finalist in the Britain in Bloom (BiB) national awards, in the Small Coastal Town (less than 12k population) category alongside contenders from Whitby, North Berwick, Newcastle (NI), Hunstanton and Sidmouth. Also representing Cumbria in the national competition are Dalston, Kendal and Penrith BID. The national results will be announced on October 27. The competition winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony which takes place in Llandudno on 27th October 2017.
Silloth is proud to be hosting this year’s Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony which takes place today at the Golf Hotel. The awards ceremony is held in September of each year, to recognise and publicise the efforts of those who have taken part in the competition.
Cumbria in Bloom has been in existence since 1983, largely funded by grants from Councils in our region. They were granted charitable status on 5th February 2007 (Registered No 1117828), and this has helped them broaden the scope of their work. Their main purpose is to engage with groups in Cumbria, encouraging participation in a range of competitions that promote improvement of horticulture, floriculture and environmental issues in our region.
Closely following Britain in Bloom’s campaign guidelines, their cohort of judges visit all projects over the summer to evaluate achievement and offer guidance.
At the Awards ceremony today will be various civic dignitaries and representatives from towns and villages from all over the County. Our Mayor, Tony Markley will be welcoming everyone to the town. Representatives from Silloth in Bloom, the Community Garden, Heritage Rose & Bee Garden and the Discovery Centre Garden will also be present.