Farnham in Bloom is a community dance project first created in 2015 in partnership with Farnham Town Council. The original project involved around 150 children from local primary schools performing in a specially choreographed piece along the route taken by judges of the Farnham in Bloom. Following the success of Farnham Town’s entry in the competition, The Dance Movement were invited to create a performance for the 2016 Farnham in Bloom.
The theme for 2016 was ‘The Green Man’ often interpreted as a cyclical symbol representing the growth of spring. The dance followed a narrative depicting ‘green men’ summoning the elements required for the growth of flowers and plants that was followed by the portrayal of their life cycle. The project included schools in and around the Farnham area; The Ridgeway, Potters Gate, South Farnham, Weydon, Farnham Heath End, William Cobbett Infants and Juniors, Badshot Lea Infants, All Hallows Catholic School, Rowledge CE Primary, Carwarden House, Henry Tyndale. Christ’s College Guildford, Barfield, Addington, St. Joseph’s Aldershot, Saint Mary’s Tilford, Bohunt and The University of Surrey.
Farnham Town Council was a key partner in the project which saw the involvement of several artists; Nicky Norton, Rachel Palmer, Grace Campbell, Suzie Jones, Lily Norton and Joshua Boyle.
A few months later, we’re delighted to say that Farnham took home 11 top awards at the South and South East in Bloom Awards. Farnham in Bloom won Gold and Best in Category in both the Town Centre and the Large Town category. For the first time we also won the Surrey County Award, beating all other entries in Surrey which is truly fantastic.
Originally posted September 25, 2016.