This welcome note was hand delivered to residents who have moved recently into the Bray Conservation Area.
We apologise if, as a new Bray resident in the Conservation Area, that you did not receive this. We look forward to meeting you.
Click here to download the welcome letter in Microsoft Word .doc format.
Dear new resident
Welcome to the Village of Bray. Whether you are a permanent resident or renting a property, we very much hope that you will enjoy your time living in this historical and picturesque village. You will notice from the Honours Boards behind the War Memorial that the Conservation Area of Bray has participated in the Britain in Bloom Competition for many years. This Competition is now organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and Bray has been extremely successful at both Regional and National levels, achieving an RHS Gold Award and winning the “Best Small Village” category in 2014. The Conservation Area is the heart of the Village of Bray with 180 households and includes 25 listed buildings and monuments, stretching from the Cricket Club to Jesus Hospital and down to the Thames.
One of the key aspects of the Britain in Bloom Competition is Community Involvement. Each year the judges comment on the high level of involvement from members of the Bray Community. This happens in various ways – by maintaining those parts of your property which are visible from the road, helping with projects such as planting bulbs and tidying flower beds in the village or participating in the litter pick prior to judging in July. The level of involvement is up to you. Some of these activities take place once a year, others, such as front gardens require regular work on your part. Bray Parish Council is our main provider of financial support with some additional funding from RBWM and other local sponsors. Businesses within the Village support our initiative in different ways.
You will receive a newsletter three times a year from the Bray in Bloom Committee which sets out annual colour schemes, details of events such as our Plant Sale at the Village Hall in May and Dig Together Days. We would ask that residents please use the suggested colour scheme when buying perennials for baskets and tubs as this helps to unify the village. An annual Garden Competition is held at the end of July when the BiB Committee judge best containers, hanging baskets and front gardens. This is an informal competition and you do not need to enter but we keep an eye out for colourful, imaginative planting and maintenance throughout the year. Winners receive certificates which have become treasured items and residents are always surprised and delighted when they win.
Members of Bray in Bloom can often be seen working around the Village. Please introduce yourselves and we would be pleased to provide any further information or, alternatively, contact one of the people named below.
With best wishes
Bray in Bloom
Margaret Pierce 01628 622289, Chris and Julie Graham 01628 778054, Sue Tomes and Maggie Hughes
www.brayparishcouncil.gov.uk – click on Bray in Bloom listed across the top of the home page.