Nicole and Andrew Tatum and Laura and John Martin were some of the many Cache Creek volunteers recognized at a Volunteer Appreciation event in the Cache Creek Community Hall last week. Seated behind them are Christine and Bill Elliott

Beautification Society plans winter activities

The Cache Creek group's activities keep going after the gardening season ends.

The Cache Creek Beautification Society is looking ahead to Autumn and Winter now that the leaves are changing colour and the flowers are all but finished.

The group held its final Cache Creek Market of the year last Saturday, and pronounced it the best year they’ve had since it begun in 2011. The Market is held every Saturday from May to mid-October at the main intersection on the property next to Chums Restaurant. It accepts both Farmers Market and Flea Market tables and averaged a dozen tables each week, with 17 vendors attending one week. Organizers are planning to improve its services to vendors next year.

The Cache Creek Communities in Bloom group, one of the Society’s sub-committees, had a hiccup after entering the competition in the Spring and moved into the Community Showcase category, which didn’t require the same time commitment as the full-blown competition. The CiB group was able to earn a respectable four blooms in the provincial competition.

In partnership with the Village of Cache Creek, the Society held its first annual Volunteer Appreciation afternoon on Oct. 5 in the community hall, inviting almost 150 Cache Creek residents who volunteer their time to a variety of  groups and events.

Some of the volunteer groups honoured were the Cache Creek Elementary School Parents Advisory Committee, the Beautification Society, the Fire Dept., Scouts, Ashcroft/Cache Creek Rotary, Minor Soccer, the Cache Creek Rec Society, Second Time Around and the Graffiti Days Committee.

The Cache Creek Garden Club, another of the Society’s sub-committees, held a Yard and Garden Appreciation that was held jointly with the Volunteer Appreciation.

The Garden Club gave out Certificates of Appreciation to about 20 business and residential properties who had received nominations for their flowers and landscaping.

The Garden Club is also offering a workshop on Dec. 14 for making Christmas table centres. It will be from 2-4 pm at the Pentecostal Church. Look for posters with more details.

The Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 pm in the Cache Creek Library.

Last week the Society met with Brad Bushill from the Ministry of Transportation to discuss the possible removal of old and redundant signs in the downtown core of the Village. Bushill was receptive to the group’s suggestions and said their requests were well in line with many of the Ministry’s new plans.

The Society is now making plans for its third annual Winter Lights Appreciation/Community Singalong on Dec. 18. The Desert Bells Hand Bell Society has already committed to playing.

The second annual Seedy Sunday will be held Feb. 1,  and organizers are planning a bigger and better event for local gardeners. More details to come.

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