Coffee Morning


This years coffee morning proved as popular as ever. You can see from the crowds below that it was standing room only. And they were also generous.  We are very grateful for the ongoing support of the community, who clearly value what we do.  So look out for next years event, and join us for coffee and cakes


Open Gardens 2020

This year we were planning to hold our Open Gardens Event in the town centre, based on the lovely gardens in Coxwell Street, The Mead and other locations nearby.  however, because the rules on social distancing are likely to remain in place for much of the summer we have opted to postpone it until 2021.

We were hoping to raise money for Signpost, a local charity which does so much for homeless and vulnerable people.

Stay safe, keep well.

The Corona Virus plant sale

Most years we hold our main fund raising plant sale in the Market Place in late May.  You can see from the picture below just how successful it is.

Alison at Plant Sale

This year, because of the impact of social distancing we have decided that we are unable to hold a traditional market stall.   But our enthusiastic volunteers have been growing a whole range of plants for us.  So we have decided to hold a “virtual” plant sale, or perhaps a “dispersed” plant sale.

We will hold it on May 23rd, when we would have held our stall, but instead of the stall we will place plants at various locations around the town, mainly on people’s drives.   There will be no one to help you choose your plants, but you will be able to browse at your leisure (and respecting social distancing requirements) and then leave a donation in the box for the plants you have chosen.

Please rest assured we will be back with more plants for sale next year, its just a little difficult at the moment





Phoenix Gardeners Plant Sale

We are planning to hold our next plant sale on Saturday 27th May in the Market Place Cirencester.  It will be alongside the usual Farmers Market that day, but we hope we will have extra space for all the plants donated.

This is to encourage you to start growing now, so that we have lots of plants ready to sell and raise money.  And if you want to help, that’s great as well.




Coffee morning a great success

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Lots of people and lots of cake


More than £700 was raised at our coffee morning on 7th March.  The Bingham Gallery was heaving with people (and cakes).  In addition we had some generous donations and so we have raised enough to cover the cost of the summer bedding.

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A busy morning

Whilst the money was lovely, it was the level of support that was most important.  Throughout the morning people said how much they valued our work in the town.  And so many people turned up that we ran out of cups and had to borrow some from the Churn Project.  Overall a good morning

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Hazel and Ailsa at the coffee morning


Coffee morning a great success

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A great buzz!

More than £700 was raised at the coffee morning on March 7th  and in addition there were some generous donations.  The Bingham Gallery was full of people, so as one supporter said “You must be doing something right…”  The  money is lovely and will pay for the summer bedding, but it was the fact that so many people came that was really good.  The support offered to us by the community is invaluable, and to see so many people prepared packing the room was marvellous.  We even ran out of cups and had to borrow some from the Churn project.  But the committee and  helpers were really tired at the end of it.

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Hazel and Ailsa at the coffee morning

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Lots of people and lots of cake

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Coffee morning

We are holding a coffee morning to raise funds to buy plants and other necessities on Wednesday 7th March from 10.30 at Bingham House on Dyer Street.

Please come and show your support by buying a coffee or something from our Bring and Buy Stall, or by making a donation.  Every little helps.


Abbey Grounds April 2017

Joining Phoenix Gardeners

We are keen to encourage anyone who has an interest in the town looking nice and wants to help to join us.

There are three ways of joining in:

a) help with the tubs.  We are looking for people who can give about half an hour a week to work as part of a small team (probably two or three together) to mind two or three tubs in or around the town centre.  We have a main planting for the summer bedding in May and then throughout the summer we ask the volunteers to dead head, water and general keep the tubs tidy.  At the end of September, we remove the summer bedding and then plant the tubs with bulbs and winter bedding.  The autumn is generally left quiet – a time to recharge batteries.

b) help in the Abbey Grounds.  A group of volunteers meet fortnightly on a Wednesday morning to maintain the main flower bed in the Abbey Grounds.  Whilst the main tasks are weeding and tidying , there is a lot of enthusiasm for upgrading the planting to enhance what was formerly a neglected space.  No gardening expertise is necessary, just turn up and join in.  We welcome people on a “come when you can” basis; so, whilst we hope you want to make a commitment and join in regularly, we understand if family or other commitments make it difficult.  Every little helps

c help with fund raising and administration.  Like every organisation we need to raise funds to maintain our activities.  We buy new bulbs and plants for the town and also raise monies to replace some of the tubs which are elderly.  If you can help by running a coffee morning or helping at our plant sale then please let us know. We would also welcome people who would want to be a “Friend of Phoenix Gardeners”; you may not want to take an active role gardening, but may be prepared to pay an annual donation to help and support our work