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Traders get bright and beautiful


Businesses in Storrington centre are automatically entered in to the two business categories of our local competition: Best Business External Display and Best Business Window Display. The theme this year, in line with the village theme is ‘bright and beautiful’.

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Our business categories are kindly sponsored by Design at 32 and Storrington Horticultural Society.

In previous years the winners have been decided by public vote, however this year we have invited the Reverend Kathryn Windslow to judge these categories and she will be doing this at some time during the month of July.

The competition winners will be announced at our awards ceremony in September held at Squires Garden Centre, Washington.

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Young people join Storrington in Bloom effort


Storrington is preparing to welcome the judges from South & South East in Bloom tomorrow – our volunteers have been busy all year sprucing up the village, including another clean up event which took place on 3rd July. Thank you to everyone that lent a hand.


First School Mural  Rydon flags

This week the efforts of our young people have become visible with the arrival of the flags designed by the students at Rydon Community College, the brightly coloured mural celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday painted by children at Storrington First School and the 10 ‘bright and beautiful’ themed wheelbarrows prepared and planted by local youth groups.

Judging for the Storrington in Bloom local competitions is underway and we look forward to announcing the winners at our awards ceremony in September.

2016 local competition open for entries


Competition poster (res)

Our 2016 campaign is up and running. The main competition entry is in the Town Centre category of the Britain in Bloom Competition. Last year Storrington was awarded a SILVER GILT and this year’s aim is to repeat or better that. Judging will be on 7th July and with the help of our sponsors, volunteers, residents and businesses this can be achieved.

As well as the main entry, there are a number of local competitions to be judged in July and August. The theme this year is “Bright and beautiful”. Categories include a children’s wheelbarrow competition, best allotment, best business window and best business external area. Allotments and business categories do not require entry forms all will be judged automatically.

Entry forms for the residential categories: best front garden and  best community area can be collected from Joanna’s Boutique Tearoom, High Street or from The Village Florist, West Street or download it using this link Annual Competition 2016. Come on all you budding gardeners – now is the time to show off! Don’t forget you can also nominate one of your neighbours.

Here’s to a lovely warm summer with plenty of flowers, fun and laughter for everyone.

Local competition results


Youth group challenge Front Garden winner Community Area winner Business Window winner Business External winner Allotment winner

At last, the winners of the Storrington local competition are announced. At a well attended presentation of the awards at Squires Garden Centre in Washington, Lady Emma Barnard congratulated all the winners as she presented them with their certificates and plaques.

Jo Newington, coordinator for Storrington in Bloom, announced the local prize winners. The winning entrants were presented with their awards by Lady Emma and a representative from the category sponsors:

Best Front Garden (sponsored by Squires Garden Centre):                  Marilyn Dadds, 9 Bramber Avenue

Best Community Area (sponsored by Chanctonbury Lions):                Hanover Walk

Best Allotment (sponsored by Squires Garden Centre):                        Gill Ions, Plot 23 Amberley Road

Best External Business Display (sponsored by Tribes):                         Wood N Pots N Things

Best Business Window Display (sponsored by Waitrose):                    Oxfam

Youth Group Wheelbarrow (sponsored by Village Day Committee): 1st Sullington Brownies

Children’s Sunflower Challenge:                                                                Polly Summers, 11 ft 5 inches

Lady Emma was very complimentary about the amount of work put in by the volunteers for the town’s entry in South & South East in Bloom as well as the efforts by all of the entrants of the local competition.

Big thanks to all of our competition sponsors and the other major supporters this year including Costa, David Wilson Homes, McCarthy & Stone, The Village Florist and Village Nurseries.

Storrington’s 2015 Finalists are Announced


We are pleased to announce that the local Storrington in Bloom competition has now closed and judging has taken place.

This year entrants were either submitted by themselves or nominated by a friend or neighbour.

The entrants were then independently judged by Parham House’s very own head gardener Tom Brown.

The results will be announced at the award ceremony on Thursday 17th September.

In non ranked order our finalists are:

Community area;

Sussex Down

Bramber Avenue

Brewers Yard

Hanover Walk


Front Gardens;

1 Love Lane

99 Horemare Crescent

Thyme Cottage, Melton Avenue

9 Bramber Avenue



1a, Ravenscroft

3 Amberley Road

13a Ravenscroft

22b Amberley Road

16a Ravenscroft

35 Amberley Road

22 Amberley Road

17a Ravenscroft

1 Amberley Road

Very best of luck to all our finalists and we look forward to seeing you at the award ceremony.

Grow the tallest sunflower and win £20!


duck race

Today our volunteers will be selling Mongolian Giant Sunflowers to be grown on for the 2015 Children’s Challenge. These sunflowers can grow up to 14 feet!

Get down to the Duck Race in the Library Car Park to buy your sunflower for £1 – send us a photo and measurement by 11th September and the winner will be announced at our awards ceremony on 17th September.

With thanks to our sponsors

And a BIG thanks to all our volunteers and local businesses without whom none of this would be possible.