Category Archives: South West in Bloom

Champion of Champions!

Great news – we are joint Champion of Champions in the South West region of RHS Britain in Bloom.

At the presentation event at Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton yesterday, we were awarded the title jointly with St Just, Cornwall. The judge, Jon Wheatley, announced that St Just and Sherborne scored exactly the same number of leading points in this year’s Champion of Champions competition and that therefore we were joint Champions.

The prizes were presented by Lord Julian Fellowes who is a patron of South West in Bloom. This picture shows the members of our team who attended the event holding the cup and the certificates awarded to us.

Lord Julian, Richard, Nigel, Nicola, Gillian, Mary, Trevor, Lars and Sally

The CoC competition is open only to last year’s South West in Bloom category winners. Because we won the Preece Cup last year we were the winners in the Small Town category. So this year we competed against all these other winners in their categories:

  • Weston Super Mare
  • Kingsbridge
  • Truro
  • St Just
  • Cannington
  • St Issey
  • Sidmouth
  • Portishead

And we came out top!

This is an enormous achievement for Sherborne. We are so grateful to all of our numerous friends who have contributed their time, skills, commitment (and money!) to make this prestigious award possible.


Champion of Champions Judging Day

Yesterday, Tue 26 July, was an important day for us in Sherborne in Bloom. Judge Jon Wheatley, a top dog in South West in Bloom, came to judge us for the Champion of Champions competition. We’ve been entered into this because we won the Preece Cup last year as the Best Small Town in the South West.

This picture shows the team who met Jon at the Castle with the lake in the background. Although it looks like he’s presenting the cup we’re actually giving it back to him because we’ve held it for a year 😉

Photo by Jane Norman
Photo courtesy of Jane Norman

We took Jon all around the town, showing him the sights which we hoped might WOW him: the station, the Pageant Garden, the Abbey, the Boys’ School, the Yeatman Hospital Willows Garden, Cheap Street with all the hanging baskets, Swan Yard, Cheap St Church Quiet Garden, the Community Mural  – and more besides. We ended up in the Paddock Garden where we met many of our Friends and supporters and we all had a lovely buffet lunch which was provided by Waitrose.

Jon seemed very impressed with Sherborne, but we won’t know the results until October. But all in all a very positive day and we’re all keeping our fingers securely crossed!