On the evening of Thursday October 22nd ARCH Chairs Sylvia and Stewart attended the award ceremony of the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ (IYN) scheme. This national campaign is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme that promotes volunteer groups making their neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and safer to live in, all working with the local community for the benefit of the community.
IYN 2015 certificate
The activities of ARCH supporters during 2014-15 were assessed by Barry Cruse, the retiring chairman of the ‘Bath in Bloom’ Committee, in terms of Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement (see Assessment Form).
Last year, the first year of our entering the scheme under the ‘Beechen Bees’ banner, we were delighted to gain a level 4 award of ‘Thriving’.
This year, our range of activities and community involvement surpassed all our expectations and resulted in ‘More Beechen Bees’ being awarded the highest level score of ‘Outstanding’.
Our award was presented by the Mayor of Bath, Cllr. Will Sandry, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Restaurant in the Park, where all the Bath participating groups had assembled.
The residents of Bath owe a huge debt of gratitude to Barry Cruse and his wife Carol for their work over the years improving and promoting the beauty and attractiveness of Bath.
For details of the judging criteria and information about other groups and their achievements in this year’s competition, click here: IYN assessment criteria for 2015
We’ve just heard that our ARCH activities during 2015, under the ‘Beechen Bees’ banner, have earned us the top award of ‘Outstanding’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, the aims of which are to make our area safer, cleaner, greener and an all-round better place to live. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has helped or taken part in ARCH community and gardening activities over the past year.
Full details of our award will be posted on the website in the near future.
Mini Open Gardens Invitation
On Monday evening July 13th from 6.30 p.m. onwards, some ARCH members will be opening up three gardens backing onto the walkway between Calton Walk (no. 17 as featured in the Ruth’s Garden
blog) and Calton Gardens (no 24 and 26). The idea is to give everyone a chance to take a look at what a handful of local residents have done to maximize the use of these small urban gardens. Come and glean some ideas and at the same time enjoy a glass of something bubbly and a nibble with friends and neighbours. For details phone Ruth on 483106.
Simply stroll down and take a look – even if only for half an hour!
Suggestions were made for Improving Widcombe at the inaugural Widcombe Association project meeting, held on 16th December 2014.
You will see from the notes from the meeting that suggested improvements have, for practical reasons, been grouped into activities relating to ‘People’, ‘Purpose’ or ‘Place’ so that the limited resources available to the Association can be focussed most effectively.
THE ROLE OF ARCH
It is the intention that ARCH shall:
- keep members informed about the Improving Widcombe project by circulating the WA minutes of meetings and any related notices; and
- provide members with the opportunity to make additional suggestions as to how Widcombe could be improved and/or to take an active part in developing or implementing ideas for improvement.
If you would like to make suggestions for Improving Widcombe (and ‘Widcombe’ includes all of the ARCH area and much more!) or would like to participate actively in any capacity at all please contact ARCH committee members or contact the Widcombe Association directly. Now is the time to get your voice heard whilst the project plans are at the development stage.