Scarecrows are coming to Storrington!


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



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


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



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!


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):


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…


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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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


Funnells Furnishings

GC Traditional Shoe Repair

Graham & Cadell

Guy Leonard & Co


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


Old Forge Deli & Restaurant

One Stop


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


Village Green

Vintage Rose

Wall Bros

Wood n Pots n Things

We would also like to thank our competition sponsors:

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Squires logo                 Horti



And our other major sponsors:

costa           waitrose       Crest Nicholson

roadmark          Mccarthy & stone        Lions



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.

Get ready for the judges’ visit


Help us get ready for the South & South East in Bloom judges who are visiting on Thursday 7th July!

Sunday July 3rd 10.00-12.00

Come and join Storrington in Bloom volunteers for a couple of hours of litter picking, weeding and general tidying. Meet at Place Villerest (opposite HSBC bank) at 10am. Bags and gloves will be supplied but please bring any tools you think might be useful (broom, fork rake etc).

The Youth Group wheelbarrows will also be arriving and the flags from Rydon School should be put up along the High Street.

Cake and drinks will be served at 12.00.  All ages welcome!

Summer clean up

With thanks to our sponsors

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