The nationwide launch of the Britain in Bloom celebrations continues in Cricklade throughout the last weekend in March. Back by popular demand on Sunday, 27 March between 11am -3pm, there will be a return of the town’s Worm Charming Competition at Saxons Rest, Waylands. Last year the total number of Crickladian worms wooed to the surface was almost 1000 so there is a record to beat.
The competition is governed by a strict set of criteria – no digging or stimulants allowed. For 40 nail biting minutes, teams of up to six dance, sing and generally entice these wriggly creatures above ground level within a marked 2×2 metre plot. Unlawful practices are closely monitored by a team of highly trained professionals. The worms are then carefully counted and the winner is announced and presented with a prestigious award. All worms are humanely returned to their natural habitat afterwards.
This is a fun day out with the Britain in Bloom theme running throughout the event and there will again be a chance for local people to adopt a street sign. This innovative scheme was started by Cricklade Bloomers last year. The idea is to plant and weed around the signs to keep them attractive rather than to spray chemicals to keep them weed free – environmentally sound as well as more attractive.
Refreshments will be available including a hog roast and Cricklade Band will be playing too. The competition itself will start at about 1pm.
Town Crier Chris Atkins, who helped to officiate at last year’s competition, said: “This is a really enjoyable event and one people were talking about for weeks last year. It really has to be seen to be believed. It’s typical of Cricklade – the community getting together to have fun and work together towards doing the best we all can for the 2011 Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions competition”.
Details and application forms for the Worm Charming Competition are available from the Town Council offices and can be downloaded from the website at www.cricklade-tc.gov.uk These must be returned to Cricklade Town Council Office together with the £2 entry fee.
For more information please contact Cricklade Bloomers at www.crickladeinbloomm.co.uk
or Mrs Shelley Parker, Town Clerk, Cricklade Town Council, 113 High Street, Cricklade, SN6 6AE
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