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What a Blooming Success!

29 September 2014

Friday 26 September saw over 100 local residents, businesses, councillors and dignitaries attend East Grinstead in Blooms Annual Awards held at the Meridian Hall, East Court. This years awards were presented to the winners by East Grinstead Town Mayor, Nick  Hodges. Attendees were finalists in this year’s gardens competition and the awards night gave Bloom the chance to reward local residents and businesses for their efforts in making the town look wonderful throughout the year. Julie Mockford, Chairman remarked “It was fabulous to see so many residents and businesses attend this years awards and be able to thank them for all their hard work in making the town look wonderful this year. We couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone in the town”.

This year has been a wonderful year for East Grinstead having won an impressive 9 awards the South & South East in Bloom awards earlier this month including Silver Gilt for the town and Best War Memorial in the South & South East.

Judging for this years gardens took place in early July by a team of Bloom committee members who were looking for gardens meeting specific criteria for each category. Samantha Baldery, Secretary said “The judges had a very hard time choosing the winning gardens this year, there were so many beautiful gardens”. Blooms judges walk every road in East Grinstead each year searching for the towns best gardens, but this year also enlisted the help of the towns residents through Twitter and Facebook asking for nominations which provided some beautiful gardens that were shortlisted. “The use of social media this year has dramatically increased and our followers have been fantastic – nominating some wonderful gardens” commented Samantha.

East Grinstead in Bloom would like to thank everyone for attending the awards, particularly, Town Mayor Nick Hodges. Julie said “I am looking forward to seeing what businesses and residents can pull out of the bag next year. The competition was hot this year, but next years promises to be even better”.

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This years winners were:

Category Winning Name/Group
Young Gardener Award
Aiden Brown, Halsford Park School
Best Commercial Premises
Highly Commended The Denture Studio
3rd Bluebell Railway
2nd Stildon Brendoncare
1st The Felbridge Hotel
Best Pub  
Highly Commended The Sussex Arms
3rd Dunnings Mill
2nd Tommy Flynns
1st Bar Kuba
Best Group
Highly Commended 23 Sackville Gardens
Highly Commended 24 Sackville Gardens
3rd 21 Windmill Lane
3rd 23 Windmill Lane
3rd 1 Millfield Close
2nd 1 Copyhold Road
2nd 3 Copyhold Road
2nd 38 Brooklands Way
2nd 40 Brooklands Way
2nd 24 Brooklands Way
1st 45 Stuart Way
1st 47 Stuart Way
1st 49 Stuart Way
1st 51 Stuart Way
Best Landscape Garden
Highly Commended The Old Flint House
Highly Commended Estcots Farmhouse
Highly Commended 1 Faraday Avenue
Highly Commended 43 Sackville Gardens
3rd 1 Overton Shaw
2nd 10 Austen Close
1st 45 Elizabeth Crescent
Best Micro Garden
Highly Commended 15 St Johns Road
Highly Commended 48 Railway Approach
3rd Barbry, 43 Lingfield Road
2nd 30 Kennedy Avenue
1st 26 Buckhurst Way
Doreen Munt Memorial Cup Garden
Highly Commended 9 Blount Avenue
3rd 13 Blount Avenue
2nd 26 Lister Avenue
2nd 28 Lister Avenue
1st 29 Holtye Road
Best Seasonal Colour
Highly Commended 35 Dorset Avenue
Highly Commended 41 Dorset Avenue
Highly Commended 18 Stuart Way
Highly Commended 39 Elizabeth Crescent
Highly Commended 127 Charlwoods Road
Highly Commended 17 St Edwards Close
Highly Commended 21 Moat Road
Highly Commended 3 Beechfields
Highly Commended 30 Greenstede Avenue
Highly Commended Estcots Cottage
3rd 38 Brooklands Way
3rd 40 Brooklands Way
2nd 51 Stuart Way
1st 7 The Close
Best Front Garden
3rd 24 Hackenden Lane
2nd 27 Mill Way
2nd 29 Mill Way
1st 45 Brook Close
Champion of Champions Award
26 The Stennings
71 Garden Wood Road
73 GardenWood Road
3 North End
South & South East in Bloom Certificates of Excellence
East Court Grounds Team
Noreen Daw
The Felbridge Hotel
Mount Noddy Allotments Association
Bluebell Railway
St Swithuns
Sackville College
East Grinstead Town Council
26 The Stennings
71 Garden Wood Road
73 Garden Wood Road
3 North End

​Arthur ​​Weller – collecting the South & South East in Bloom award for Best Allotment.​


Tim Baker – Director of the Bluebell Railway collecting​​ his award for Commercial Premises (3rd place)


Kevin & Noreen Daniels – 26 Buckhurst Way – 1st Place Micro Garden


Margaret Cook – collecting the prestigious Doreen Munt Memorial Cup for her beautiful front garden


East Court Grounds Team collecting their Award for all their hard work at East Court this year.​


Mary Birmingham of 26 The Stennings collecting her Champion of Champions award.​