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 ūüėČ

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!


Hanging Baskets Project

Sherborne in Bloom is constantly striving to make our town look attractive but one of the problems we have faced in recent years is that it has often been difficult to persuade businesses to fund hanging baskets outside their shops.

The display of baskets in Cheap Street and the surrounding shopping areas has therefore been patchy and we have worked on different ideas to fill the gaps. This year we decided to take matters into our own hands and we have raised the money to fund enough baskets to hang on all the empty brackets above the shops.

We have done this with the help of our sponsors, including Sherborne Town Council who will water the baskets.

Today the workmen mounted the baskets and the streets have come alive.


The colourful baskets make our shopping areas look summery and welcoming and everyone can benefit: the businesses, the residents and all the welcome guests.

Enhancing our town