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RHS Regional Britain in Bloom Awards 2016

The results of the RHS Regional (Thames and Chilterns) awards were announced on 15th September at Amersham. Bray Village (Conservation Area) won the best small village category.

The RHS also recognised Bray’s achievements by awarding the highest rating, a GOLD award (over 85%). Bray was also chosen for the Regional “best horticultural practice” award.

Bray Enhancement Committee members with the 2016 RHS awards

Bray Enhancement Committee members with the 2016 RHS awards – Julie and Chris Graham with the Gold award and special Horticultural award certificates and Margaret Pierce holding the Best Small Village Trophy.

RHS Judges Visit and a Thank You From the Bloom Committee

Two RHS judges visited Bray village (Conservation area) on Monday 18th July to score this year’s entry in the Regional (Thames and Chilterns) Britain in Bloom competition. Hopefully they went away with a positive impression, but the results will not be announced until September.

You can find out more concerning their visit here, as reported by the Maidenhead Advertiser.

The Bloom committee would like to thank all the residents and organisations who were involved in making the village look tremendous. In addition, the continued support of RBWM, Bray Parish Council plus our local businesses is greatly appreciated.

Allotment Judging Winners Announced

The judging of the Bray Allotments and the Gays Lane Allotments took place on Tuesday 5th July and looked specifically for full use of the plots, and that they were well laid out with a good variety of plants and weed free.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Bray Allotments

Miss Marian Brocklesby, Plot 2a
Who wins a prize of £25.00 Gardening voucher

Runner Up
Mr & Mrs Chris Graham, Plot 19a

Highly Commended
Mrs Bridget Tracy, Plot 19b

Most Improved
Mr Will Barnett, Plot 16c

Gays Lane Allotments

Mrs Jutta Armitage, Plot 12
Who wins a prize of £25.00 Gardening voucher

Runner Up
Dr Andy Birrell, Plot 9a

Mrs Sue Chapman, Plot 7
Mrs Susan Skinner, Plot 14

Most Improved
Mrs Tai Tai Tsang, Plot 20

Certificates will be sent to all of the above.

Summer Blooms Defy The Weather

Summer 2016: Not the sunniest year, and a rather soggy summer, but the summer blooms through the village flower defiantly to give a wonderful show throughout the Conservation Area.

Below you’ll find a few more wonderful images to further show what the Parish has to offer:

1. A riot of colour with the hanging baskets at The Hinds Head

2. This year’s colour scheme portrayed at the entrance to the village from the Windsor Road direction

3. Immaculate front garden at Jesus Hospital

And here are three more examples of residents’ front gardens along the judging route in Bray.

1. A blaze of colour and floral perfection at Lich Gate Cottage

2. Window boxes in Church Lane provide a welcoming sight for locals and visitors alike

3. A great eye turner at Ferry End

Plant Sale Photos

The annual Bray in Bloom plant sale was held on 22nd May at Bray Village Hall (courtesy of the Hall Committee). Locals stocked up on bedding plants and vegetables seedlings at the event.

Bray Guides provided refreshments. All profits contribute to Bray in Bloom committee purchasing summer bedding for this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition.


1. Bedding plants sold were in this year’s colour scheme of blue, burgundy, mauve, pink and white.
2. Customers at the sale
3. Cup cakes made by Bray Guides, prettily decorated with flowers.

Plant Sale 22nd May 2016

To assist Bray’s 2016 regional bloom entry a plant sale will be held in Bray Village Hall, on Sunday 22nd May 2016 from 10.30am until 1:00pm. Refreshments will be provided by Bray Guides.

We’d love for you to attend and appreciate everyone that shows their support. For further information please call 01628 778054.

Spring Update Images

With Spring comes a plethora of beautiful new images that encapsulate the whole Bray in Bloom project. Below you’ll find a selection of such images, showing the diversity and beauty available through the area.

Welcoming displays of spring bulbs and plants in troughs and window boxes at Bray Hair Studios, Caldesi in Campagna and the Waterside Inn.

A host of golden daffodils around the village; at the village car park, around the village green and at the entry to Bray Conservation Area.

A mass of primroses at St Michael’s churchyard, Bray; early spring display at Bray’s listed War Memorial, and a clever spring display that has brought a smile to many walking along Ferry End.

Spring Hanging basket at the Crown inn, a burst of colour at Jesus Hospital and Spring Blossom in all its glory at Bray Village Hall and Car park

Autumn and Spring Newsletters

In case you missed them, our Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 newsletters are now available to download from this website in PDF format.

The Autumn newsletter brought news of yet another RHS Gold Award for us, while our Spring newsletter details plant sales, this year’s judging and lots more besides.

Bray Resident Welcome Letter

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 – click on Bray in Bloom listed across the top of the home page.

Bray in Bloom 2015 Images

We’ve got some fantastic images from this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, and are very proud to share some of them with you. Captions for the images (right to left) can be found below.

1. The 2015 colour theme of burgundy, purple, pink and white on display at the entrance to the Conservation area by the cricket club.
2. New herbs were planted near the village hall in June 2015, kindly sponsored by a local business.
3. A riot of colour near the Lich Gate
4. The Royal barge Gloriana at the Slipway and Waterside Inn on judging day.
5. Chris Graham receiving the Berkshire Gardens’ Trust Award of Outstanding for the work of the Bray Enhancement Committee including the Community of the Conservation Area of Bray Village from James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant for Berkshire.
6. Margaret Pierce receiving the Gold Award at the 2015 RHS Thames and Chilterns Ceremony in Oxford.