Fabulous 2017 results

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Well we waited a little longer than normal but the results of this year’s bloomin’ good effort are in.

We are delighted to announce that our town centre entry again won a SILVER GILT award… with more points than previous years. On Wednesday 20th September a team from Storrington in Bloom, St Mary’s Churchyard, Parham House & Gardens and Friends of Meadowside attended the South & South East in Bloom region awards ceremony at Effingham Copthorne Hotel. 

Friends of Meadowside were awarded Silver Gilt in the “Our Community” category and St Mary’s Churchyard received a fantastic GOLD award along with Parham House. Congratulations to everybody involved in our regional entry.

Later the same day, about 100 people gathered at Squires Garden Centre to find out the results of the local competition. Thank you to Sarah Squires and her team once again for hosting us for the evening. The In Bloom team invited Lady Emma Barnard to present the awards to the local prize winners, alongside sponsors of each category.

Congratulations to all of our prize winners:

FRONT GARDEN (sponsored by Squires Garden Centre):

1st:                       Paul Cripps – 56 Spierbridge Road

Joint 2nd:          Marilyn Dadds – 9 Bramber Avenue
                            Allen & Marion Guntripp – Arosa, Wisborough Lane

Highly                Dr Caroline Bradbeer – The Horsecroft, Greyfriars Lane
commended:    Colin Rogers – Smugglers Hut, Greyfriars Lane

COMMUNITY AREA (sponsored by Design at 32):

1st:                       Hanover Walk

2nd:                     Bramber Avenue

Joint 3rd:           Eastbrook Court, Manleys Hill
                             Orchard Gardens

BUSINESS WINDOW DISPLAY (sponsored by Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers):

1st:                      Wood’n’Pots’n’Things, West Street

2nd:                     The Old Forge, Church Street

3rd:                     Body & Face, High Street

BUSINESS EXTERNAL DISPLAY (sponsored by Anderson Rowntree Solicitors):

1st:                          The Card Shop, High Street

2nd:                         Wood’n’Pots’n’Things, West Street

3rd:                         The Moon, High Street

SCARECROW CHALLENGE (FAMILY) (sponsored by Rotary Club of Pulborough and Storrington):

1st:                         Monty (Guntripp family)

2nd:                       Allotmenteer (Sarah Lackey)

3rd:                        Daisy (Carole Johnson)

Highly                    Darth Spader (Cheryl Brown, Clive & Toby Gee)
commended:        Grenadier Cripps (Cripps family)

SCARECROW CHALLENGE (GROUP) (sponsored by Chanctonbury Lions):

1st:                         Mr J J Morris (1st Sullington Brownies)

2nd:                       Bob (2nd Storrington Guides)

3rd:                        Fantastic Father Fox (Footsteps at St Mary’s)

Highly                    Harry Potter (2nd Storrington Guides)
 commended:       Ellie Simmonds (1st Storrington Rainbows)
                                Marvellous Mother Mary (Footsteps at St Mary’s)
                                Hermione Granger (2nd Storrington Brownies)

ALLOTMENT (sponsored by Squires Garden Centre):

1st:                          Sarah Lackey – plot 11 Amberley Road

2nd:                        Gill Ion & Ken Butler – plot 23 Amberley Road

Joint 3rd:               John Betts – plot 20a Ravenscroft
                                Richard Whittaker – plot 8a Amberley Road

Once again the Storrington in Bloom team would like to thank all of their volunteers, sponsors, supporters and the judges for their contributions this year.

New entrants shortlisted for the floral finals!

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We’ve welcomed the judges from South & South East in Bloom for their annual visit and are now well in to the judging of the local competition for 2017. We have had a fantastic number of excellent entries this year – including our largest number nominated by local residents. Initial judging has been very difficult but we are delighted to announce our finalists…

Front Garden

  • 9 Bramber Avenue
  • 56 Spierbridge Road
  • Arosa, Wisborough Lane
  • Smugglers Hut, Greyfriars Lane
  • The Horsecroft, Greyfriars Lane

Community Area

  • Bramber Avenue
  • Eastbrook Court, Manleys Hill
  • Hanover Walk
  • Orchard Gardens

Final judging will be completed by Tom Brown, Head Gardener at Parham House, and our winners will be announced at our annual awards ceremony in September where we will also be announcing the winners of our first scarecrow competition and the allotment and business categories. Plus there’s the small matter of our own entry in to the regional competition… fingers crossed!!

Once again we would like to thank all of the local businesses that have supported our effort this year and our fantastic volunteers without whom we are sure Storrington would be a duller place.

What a wonderful effort

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Congratulations to everyone for their fantastic efforts in our first scarecrow competition – we saw some really unique ideas from businesses, families and groups. The results will be announced at our awards ceremony in September but for those of you that missed it here are just some of the photos.

Scarecrows are coming to Storrington!

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We’re having a change this year. Instead of asking youth groups to enter a wheelbarrow competition we have decided to organise a scarecrow trail. Groups, young and old, have been invited to enter and in a separate category families have made their own entries. The scarecrows will be on display this weekend – Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July between 9am and 5pm. Judges will be visiting the scarecrows during this time too.

The weather will be fine, so why not take a stroll around this weekend and let us know your favourites on our Facebook page. A full list of entries is here.

Thank you to all entrants for your efforts.

Get your entries in for Storrington in Bloom

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Entries are now invited for the 2017 local competitions which will be judged during July and August. Categories include front garden, allotment, external business display, community area and business window display. We are also introducing a scarecrow competition which we hope many groups and families will get involved in. Please click on the link for entry forms for the residential categories and the scarecrow competition or collect one from Joanna’s Boutique Tearoom, The Card Centre or Wood’n’pots’n’things. Come on all you budding gardeners – now is the time to show off! Don’t forget you can also nominate the front garden of one of your neighbours. (more…)

Great British Cleanup comes to Storrington

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SUNDAY 5th MARCH 10am-12noon

Storrington in Bloom volunteers will be out and about in the village cleaning up the streets and open spaces as part of the Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean” campaign.

In past years we have had great public support and are hoping for a good turnout again this year. If you have a couple of hours to spare please come and join us. No experience necessary!

We will meet at Place Villerest (opposite HSBC) at 10am. Bags and litter pickers will be provided but please bring any tools (gloves, broom, rake etc) that might be useful.

All ages welcome. Refreshments will be served at 12noon.

We look forward to seeing you.

Quiz Night raises £777

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Quizmaster

Saturday 15th October saw the 3rd annual Storrington in Bloom fundraising quiz night – our main fundraising event of the calendar. 75 quizzers answered 10 rounds of questions on various subjects including ‘these boots were made for’, ‘black or white’ and ‘he ain’t heavy’.

Quiz 1           Quiz 2

Participants enjoyed a delicious ploughmans supper during the interval while our quizzers tried to determine the brands from photos of their list of ingredients! Ticket sales, bar and raffle takings raised a huge £777.

Our thanks to everyone who attended – it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We will start working on the questions for next year!!

2016 Results are in!

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Yesterday, representatives from Storrington in Bloom, St Mary’s Churchyard and Friends of Meadowside attended the South & South East in Bloom awards ceremony at Ferneham Hall, Fareham. We are delighted to announce that our Town Centre entry won a SILVER GILT award, Friends of Meadowside were awarded SILVER in the “Our Community” category (as well as a Level 4 ‘Thriving’ awards in the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” competition and St Mary’s Churchyard received another SILVER GILT award. Congratulations to everybody involved in our regional entry. We particularly want to thank our award winners for contribution to the regional entry:

Hilary Spofforth – Byne Cottage, Manleys Hill “for visual impact on entrance to Storrington”Byne House

Nick Charman “for countless hours of watering to maintain the displays”

Pete & Mandie Harman – Wood’n’pots’n’things “for year on year effort in business displays”wood-n-pots-n-things

 

In the evening, Squires Garden Centre once again hosted our annual Storrington in Bloom award ceremony which was well attended by our supporters, sponsors and volunteers as well as the entrants in the local competitions. The In Bloom team invited the local competition judges Tom Brown, Head Gardener at Parham House, the Reverend Kathryn Windslow and Storrington Horticultural Society, to present the awards to the local prize winners, together with the sponsors of the category.

Congratulations to all of our prize winners:

FRONT GARDEN (sponsored by Squires Garden Centre):

56 Spierbridge

1st Paul Cripps, 56 Spierbridge Road

2nd Richard & Jill Hitchcock, 99 Hormare Crescent

3rd Andre Nichols, 12 Melton Drive

Highly commended John Butler, 1 Melton Drive and Marilyn Dadds, 9 Bramber Avenue

COMMUNITY AREA (sponsored by Henry Adams):

Hanover Walk

1st Hanover Walk

2nd Bramber Avenue

BUSINESS WINDOW DISPLAY (sponsored by Design at 32):

Top Totty

 1st Top Totty, Church Street

2nd Body & Face, High Street

3rd Eva Rose Bridal, High Street

BUSINESS EXTERNAL DISPLAY (sponsored by Storrington Horticultural Society):

Moon Pub

1st The Moon, High Street

2nd Joanna’s Boutique Tearoom

3rd Wood’n’pots’n’things

YOUTH GROUP CHALLENGE (sponsored by Rotary Club of Pulborough and Storrington):

Footsteps barrow

1st  Footsteps at St Mary’s Church

2nd Costa Youth Nights

3rd 1st Sullington Brownies

Highly commended Fusion Youth Club

Commended 1st Storrington Rainbows, 2nd Storrington Brownies, Messy Church

ALLOTMENT (sponsored by Squires Garden Centre):

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1st Gill Ion & Ken Butler: plot 23 Amberley Road

2nd Geoff & Mary Tute: plot 26 Amberley Road

3rd John Betts: plot 20A Ravenscroft

Highly commended Maggie Church: plot 22A Amberley Road, Elizabeth Dixon: plot 23A Ravenscroft, Janet Poyser: plot 24A Ravenscroft and Richard & Susie Jerman: plot 33B Amberley Road

The Storrington in Bloom team would like to thank all of their supporters, volunteers, sponsors and the judges for their contributions this year.

Front Garden Finalists…

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Wow – what a lot of entries in to the 2016 “Best Front Garden” competition. We are delighted to reveal the following six finalists:

1 Melton Drive    1 Melton Drive

12 Melton Drive   12 Melton Drive

1 The Willows, Amberley Road   1 The Willows

56 Spierbridge Road    56 Spierbridge Road

9 Bramber Avenue    9 Bramber Avenue

99 Hormare Crescent  99 Hormare

Congratulations to all of our finalists, results will be announced at our awards ceremony on 14th September.

Local Businesses get behind Storrington in Bloom

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thank you

Storrington in Bloom is funded purely by donations from local businesses and funding applications made by our volunteers. We have no direct funding from the District or Parish councils. We would like to acknowledge the support of the following local businesses who have made contributions towards our 2016 costs:

Averns & Sandall

Barclays Bank

Bits & PC’s

Body & Face

Buster Brown’s Gentleman’s Barbers

Cakes for All Reasons

Clarke & Charlesworth

Eden Dog Grooming & Spa

Flowerwise

Funnells Furnishings

GC Traditional Shoe Repair

Graham & Cadell

Guy Leonard & Co

Hanwells

HBM Hair Designs

J.B Farncombe Butchers

Joanna’s Boutique Tearoom

King & Chasemore

M J Cars

Mansell McTaggart

Martin Steels Optometrist

Melanie Paul Goldsmiths & Enamelers

Mills & Company

Nifty

Old Forge Deli & Restaurant

One Stop

Oxfam

Scribbling Shop

Sew Something

St. Barnabas House

Stable Antiques

Storrington Auto Repairs

Storrington Car Parts

Suter Butchers

The Card Centre

The Plaice

The Sign Shop

Thirteen Church Street

Top Totty

Truffles

Village Green

Vintage Rose

Wall Bros

Wood n Pots n Things

We would also like to thank our competition sponsors:

design-at-32-logo           henry-adams-logo              rotary

Squires logo                 Horti

 

 

And our other major sponsors:

costa           waitrose       Crest Nicholson

roadmark          Mccarthy & stone        Lions

 

 

With thanks to our sponsors

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