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More Beautiful Bloom Images

With Summer now upon us the floral decoration around Bray is now in full bloom.

Flaming June has helped bring on flowering of the summer annuals around the village. Our chosen colour scheme is ruby red, pink, green and white, and the photos show a few examples of the striking displays.

1. Hanging basket near the church
2. Planters at the Lich Gate
3. Planters at Bray Hair Studio
4. Troughs through “the throat” in the High Street
5. Bray Guides bed near the Village hall
6. The grasses bed on the bund at the village car park
7. The herbaceous border at the front of Jesus Hospital in full glory
8. Colourful summer containers in Ferry Road

Britain in Bloom Heritage Trail

How much do you know about the village of Bray and its history? On Sunday 2nd July 2017 from 2pm you can find out, as you are invited to follow a trail and discover the listed buildings and some of the wonderful stories attached. The Church Tower and Jesus Hospital will be open as part of the trail, which starts at St Michael’s Church Hall.

Click here to view the flyer, and for further information.

Britain in Bloom Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2017 Britain in Bloom newsletter is now available to download, and contains some important dates as we make our way towards both the Regional and National Britain in Bloom Competitions.

DIG TOGETHER DAY – meet at 10am outside the Village Hall on SUNDAY 18th JUNE. All welcome: there are many different jobs to be done!

HERITAGE TRAIL – Please register for your self-guiding leaflet explaining the heritage in Bray at the Church Hall from 2pm on SUNDAY 2nd JULY. The charge is £10 per person with proceeds going to St Michael’s. The Church Tower will be open and teas will be available back at the Church Hall until 4.30pm.

LITTER PICK & PARTY – Please meet outside the Village Hall at 6pm on these TWO dates: MONDAY 10th JULY and MONDAY 31st JULY. Drinks and nibbles at Millwrights afterwards!

REGIONAL JUDGING on TUESDAY 11th JULY, 09.30hrs

NATIONAL JUDGING on TUESDAY 1st AUGUST, 09.30hrs

You can download the full newsletter by clicking here.

Bray in Bloom Judging Dates Announced

This year’s Bray in Bloom judging dates have been confirmed, with regional judging taking place on Tuesday 11th July from 10am, and the national judging taking place on Tuesday 1st August, again from 10am.

This year’s colours to adopt are ruby, green and white, and pink. Call 01628 778054 for further details or click here for the announcement flyer.

Plant Sale: 21st May 2017

As is tradition for this time of year, our Annual village plant sale is set to take place at Bray village hall from 10.30am until 12.30pm on 21st May 2017. All proceeds help aid Bray’s 2017 Regional and National Bloom entries, and will contribute towards purchasing the village summer bedding plants.

All plants purchased are safe to plant out directly after the sale, and refreshments will also be available on the day, courtesy of Bray Guides. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Please click here for the full announcement flyer.

More Spring Bloom Photos in Bray

Spring time is upon us, and the floral decoration around Bray becomes more beautiful day by day.

The following images are a perfect illustration of the beautiful bloom that can be seen around the area and we’ll add to this gallery as new photos come in.

1. Beautiful tulips bloom by the Lich Gate
2. Flowering cherry at Bray Close
3. Wisteria in flower at Ferry End.

Spring Blooming in Bray

Spring is blooming in Bray where a cheery spectacle of colour and impact greets residents, visitors and passers by in the village centre.

1. At the Quadrangle at Jesus Hospital
2. Daffodils near the village hall .
3. Hellebores and pansies brighten up dull corners in the village.
4. In Church Lane.
5. By the Lych Gate
6. Narcissi, pansies and Heuchera in complementary tones welcome all into the village by Jesus Hospital.
7. At the corner of Old Mill Lane opposite the Village hall.
8. Pretty in pink: The tower of St Michael’s is framed by stunning Magnolia blooms.
9. Self seeding primroses form a floral carpet in a quiet corner of St Michael’s churchyard, with the contrast of the clump of bright bluebells.

Spring blossoms are out all through the village and the Bray Guides bed by Village Hall is a perfect example.

For many years now the local guides have chosen a theme for their bed. This time the word POLIO is picked out by crocus flowers. This is to support Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio in the three remaining countries globally (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria) .

Paula and her team at Bray Hair Studio always create stunning displays and this year’s spring planting is no exception.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

2017 is big news for Bray and Britain in Bloom. All your enthusiasm and hard work last year ensured the Village a place in the NATIONAL FINALS as well as a bid for continued success – and more RHS Gold Awards – in the REGIONAL competition. Exact dates will be notified to you later but expect:

• Regional Judging – mid July
• National Judging – first 2 weeks of August

We will be choosing plants with staying power and, if necessary, may be refreshing and supplementing displays in the period between these dates. RHS Themes this year are Health, Happiness and Horticulture (Regional), Wildlife and Conservation (National). Plants that attract pollinators are simple to identify (look for the “Perfect for Pollinators” label on seed packets) and help fulfil the National criteria.

Read more in our Spring Newsletter here.

Bray Selected By RHS Again

We’re please to announce that Bray has done it again! Bray has been selected by the RHS to represent the Thames and Chilterns region in the National Competition 2017.

In 2014 Bray won the Best Small Village in the UK award, so let’s plan to keep up our winning standards.

For further details, please download the latest newsletter below.

RHS Britain in Bloom Judges Comments

Bray Village (Conservation Area) has received a Gold Award by the Regional RHS Britain in Bloom competition 2016 plus a special ‘Best Horticultural Practice’ Award. Bray also won the Best Small Village trophy. These results were announced at the Thames and Chilterns awards ceremony at Amersham on 15th September.

The RHS judges commented, under the area of achievement for community involvement, the following:

“Strong community participation throughout Bray’s entry underpins the whole campaign. The many individual efforts are supported by the Guides, Brownies, Scouts, the Pre-School, The Jesus Hospital Almshouses, Braywick Nature Centre, and of course the generous commercial sponsorship-exceptional for a community of this size”.

Maggie Hughes, on behalf of the Bray Enhancement Committee, said:

“It is such an honour for our village to be recognised by these prestigious awards, all made possible by the support of local businesses including Savills Windsor, John Guest Ltd., Summerleaze Ltd, Squires Garden Centres, The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck Group, Caldesi in Campagna, Bray Hair Studio, Waitrose Maidenhead. The Committee also has the support of many organisations, including RBWM, Bray Parish Council and Bray Village Hall committee plus those groups highlighted by the RHS judges”.

Charles Elsmore-Wickens, Head of Savills Windsor, added:

“We are delighted to be able to continue our support of the local community with initiatives such as this. Well done Bray.”

The judges summarised Bray’s 2016 entry as follows:

“Once again, Bray in Bloom has excelled. The floral impact of the combination of ‘organised’ features such as the High Street troughs, and the wide variety of residential and commercial displays-even baskets hanging on the scaffolding takes a lot of beating. Sustainability has not been ignored, with lots of new ideas, perennial beds at strategic locations, and proactive management of the churchyard, all making a contribution. Above all, participation by so much of the community helps make Bray a class leader”.