Find your entry forms here…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…)

With thanks to our sponsors

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