2018 Competition Results


Group Scarecrow – Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough

3rd Place        The Proposal (Fusion Youth Group)

2nd Place       Poppy Upcycle (2nd Storrington Guides)

1st Place         Flora the Flowergirl (1st Storrington Rainbows)

Allotment – Sponsored by Squires Garden Centre

3rd Place        plot  23 Amberley Road

2nd Place       plot 8 Amberley Road

1st Place         plot 11 Amberley Road

Business Floral Display – Sponsored by Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers

3rd Place        The Card Shop

2nd Place       Crossways Veterinary Practice

1st Place         The White Horse

Community Area – Sponsored by Anderson Rowntree

3rd Place        Eastbrook Court

2nd Place       White Horse Court

1st Place         Hanover Walk

Family Scarecrow – Sponsored by Chanctonbury Lions

3rd Place        Robo Scarecrow (Fionn Blundy)

2nd Place       Reverend Veronica Mills (The Mills Family)

1st Place         Watch the Birdie (Cheryl, Clive & Toby)

Business Window “Summer Sun, Summer Fun” – Sponsored by Functio

3rd Place        Village Deli

2nd Place       Body & Face

1st Place         Oxfam

Front Garden – Sponsored by Squires Garden Centres

3rd Place        106 Dean Way

2nd Place       9 Bramber Avenue

1st Place         56 Spierbridge Road

Congratulations to all of our winners.

On Friday the South & South East in Bloom regional results were announced at an awards ceremony at the Amex in Brighton. Storrington had three entries in their competition and received the following results:

  • St Mary’s Churchyard achieved a Silver Gilt in the churchyard category
  • Place Villerest was awarded a Silver Gilt in the single floral display category
  • Storrington Town Centre again received a Silver Gilt award, achieving 80% of the possible points but still 10 points short of the unattainable Gold!

However, we celebrate that the score continues to increase and we have now achieved 50 more points than our first entry back in 2012. There are many people to thank for this improvement over the past six years, and special awards were also presented:

  • For even more trips with the watering cart than usual – Nick Charman
  • For endless supplies of water during the long hot summer – Steve Tovee
  • For their poppy display marking 100 years since the end of the 1st World War – 1st Sullington Brownies
  • For endless support of the In Bloom entry and clean ups – Sue & Eddie Shelton
  • For the transformation of the Mill Lane car park beds – Gilly & Peter North
  • For a consistently beautiful front garden year after year – Marilyn Dadds

And in recognition of the endless hours invested over many years and the transformation of a number of areas of Storrington – to Gill Ion and Pat Mansbridge.

Dry spell doesn’t stop gardeners


It’s been a challenging summer for gardeners with some unusual weather conditions. Storrington residents continue with their efforts in their front gardens and community areas and the shortlisted finalists have now been announced:


– 9 Bramber Avenue
– 10b Fryern Close
– 16 Fryern Close
– 56 Spierbridge Road
– 106 Dean Way 
– The Horsecroft, Greyfriars Lane
– Lady Place, Monastery Lane




– Eastbrook Court
– Hanover Walk
– White Horse Court


The winners will be announced at our annual award ceremony in September. It seems like a long time to wait, and it is – the team who coordinate the village entry know only too well as they wait until September to hear how that’s been scored too.

Huge thanks from Storrington in Bloom to everyone who has helped us get our entry ready and to those who either entered or nominated entries in our local competition and to the shop managers who made such a fantastic effort both with their external floral displays and the shop windows to support the entry. Special thanks to the young people of Storrington who entered our scarecrow competition (the churchyard display was much talked about) and to those at Storrington First School who were involved in putting together the pollinator mural.

Find your entry forms here…


Storrington in Bloom’s local competition for 2018 was launched at the Storrington Duck Race on Sunday 13th May where we held a plant tombola to raise more funds towards our village centre displays. Thank you to everyone that came to see us at the event.

Spring is upon us and summer is on its way, we’ve been looking around at all the wonderful front gardens and community areas in and around Storrington but are sure we’ve missed some worthy of a look. So please make sure you tell us about them! You can enter our competition yourself or nominate someone else’s that you admire (or envy!). Click here for the entry form.

With thanks to Chanctonbury Lions and the Rotary Club of Storrington and Pulborough we are hosting another scarecrow competition this year, with the theme ‘Wedding Party’. For the enjoyment of residents and visitors to Storrington we have asked St Mary’s Church for permission to have them all displayed in the Churchyard this year so do look out for the display, and of course, work with your family or a local group to create an entry! Click here for the entry form.

Entries for the scarecrow competition, front garden and community area categories are invited until Thursday 28th June. Entry forms can be submitted by email to storringtoninbloom@gmail.com or can be handed in at The Card Shop.

Let’s make this our best year yet!

Great Storrington clean up


SUNDAY 4th MARCH 10am-12noon

Once again 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 starts our fundraising for 2018 campaign


Thank you so much to everybody who joined us last Saturday at our annual quiz. Quiz master Cherril once again delivered a varied selection of questions and the delicious ploughmans was very much appreciated by all. Through ticket, bar and raffle sales we raised a total of £786.30 and every penny will go towards our displays for the 2018 campaign.

Our fantastic sponsors for 2017


We would like to thank all of our volunteers, who have given many hundreds of hours of their time, and also our partner organisations Greenfingers, Storrington Horticultural Society, Storrington Conservation Society, Friends of Meadowside, Storrington Allotments Association and Storrington First School.

We are grateful to the following major sponsors for funding specific aspects of the work achieved –

  • Anderson Rowntree
  • Chanctonbury Lions
  • Crest Nicholson
  • Design at 32
  • Greyhound Brewery
  • Hanwells
  • McCarthy & Stone
  • Squires Garden Centre
  • Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough
  • Tooveys
  • Village Nurseries
  • Waitrose

We also give our grateful thanks to all the traders who supported this year’s planting with cash donations, raffle prizes and watering.

Averns & Sandall : Barclays Bank : Bits & PCs : Body and Face : Buster Brown’s Gentlemans Hairdresser : Cakes for all Reasons : Clarke & Charlesworth : Coral Bookmakers : Cottage Tandoori : Crossways Vets : Dixon Salt : Fowlers Estate Agents : GC Traditional Shoe Repair : Graham & Cadell : Guy Leonard & Co : HBM Hair Design : Henry Adams : J.B.Farncombe Butchers : Joanna’s Boutique Tearoom : King & Chasemore Estate Agents : Kittle Partnership : Louisa Austin : M J Suter Butchers : Mansell McTaggart Estate Agents : Martin Steels Optometrist : Melanie Paul Goldsmiths and Enamellers :  Mills & Co : Nat West : Nifty : Old Forge Restaurant and Deli : One Stop : Oomoo Organic Hair Salon : Oxfam : Roadmark : Scribbling Shop : Sew Something : Shampoo Hair Studio : St Barnabas House Charity Shop : Stable Antiques : Storrington Car Parts : The Barbers : The Card Shop : The Moon : The Sign Shop : The Village Florist : The White Room : Thirteen Church Street : Top Totty : Tribes : Truffles : Village Green : Vintage Rose : Wall Bros (carpets) : Wood’n’ Pots’n’Things          

Fabulous 2017 results


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!


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


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.

With thanks to our sponsors

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