West Horsley in Bloom 2021


Matt Link from West Horsley Place receives an award from the Deputy Mayor of Guildford 


Adam Aaronson presents a bespoke glass trophy to Chrissy Dunkerley 


Deputy Mayor of Guildford presents an award to Tom Suffolk 


Our 2019 Winner Rosemary Tribe 

A Report from Cllr Beynon:  What a success it was this year after being cancelled in 2020! The weeks before judging the weather had been horrendous. We had everything, from too much heat to a lot more rain that we would have imagined. It took us ten hours in all to complete the judging. The gardens were stunning. Somehow the roses had been persuaded to hold up their heads, the lawns were immaculate, and in every garden, we had the great joy and privilege of sharing stories of how people’s gardens had developed and were shown the favourite spots in which to sit and dine. 

The Village Hall was buzzing as we launched the Winners Presentation Evening on 24 July. The stage was beautifully decorated and each of the tables had a delightful, hand-tied posies in the centre. The “top table” displayed all the trophies and provided a little competition for the gleaming chains of office worn by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford. We had a record number of entries, and the expected guests were all there.

Our Chairman, Elaine Best, opened the Presentation Evening with a warm welcome to all. Celia Chapman announced the results of the “Potato in a Pot” Junior Competitions in 2020 and in 2021. The 2020 winner was Emelia Herrington and this year’s winner was Billy Hauck. With so many wonderful entries and therefore so many results to announce, it was necessary to move very quickly. Each person’s winning certificate was presented by Cllr Frances King in record time. There was a distinct party atmosphere during the interval whilst the delicious canapes and wine were served. The second half concluded with the presentation of class winners and the awarding of trophies by Chairman Elaine Best.

Rosemary Tribe received the replica Roxburghe cup as is tradition after winning in 2019, followed by all the Best in each category winners. The Mike Chapman Memorial award for the best vegetable garden was presented by his widow, Celia. Adam Aaronson presented the Judges’ Prize, a beautiful and unique glass sculpture. The Deputy Mayor presented the Community Cup and the Roxburghe Trophy for the overall winner, sharing with everyone that he and his wife were also very keen gardeners, so it was very appropriate that they were able to come as guests to our Presentation Evening. Elaine Best closed the evening with a vote of thanks to all the organisers of the competition praising this flagship event on the Parish Council’s calendar as a quintessentially, rural community event, she went on to say, “as a rural village we need to fight for its preservation and continued existence.” Her words and emotional delivery were heartily supported by bursts of enthusiastic clapping, which brought the wonderful evening to a reluctant close. We hope to see even more new entries next year and a good showing of our stalwarts too, so happy gardening and see MORE of you in 2022! Mel Beynon - [email protected]

We hope to see even more new entries next year and good showing of our stalwarts too, so happy gardening and see you in 2022.

 

List of Indivial Class Winners 2021

 

Best Front Garden.................................................Amelia Plaickner

Best Back Garden .................................................Martin O’Hara

Best Vegetable Patch ...........................................Sue Whitfield

Best First-time Entry .............................................Martin O'Hara

Best Non-Residential Entry ...................................St Mary’s Churchyard

Best Allotment in Grace & Flavour ........................Tom Suffolk

Best Container or Hanging Basket ........................Pip Holmes

2021 Community Cup ............................................West Horsley Place

2021 Judges’ Prize .................................................Chrissy Dunkerley

Overall Winner & ROXBURGH CUP ...................Tom Suffolk 

Special Award (for sheer enthusiasm) ....................Glenesk school. (There was no school competition this year, but they wanted to be part of the event.

The committee of judges would like to express our sincerest thanks to the hugely generous sponsors. WHPC, Spring Reach, Squire’s, Adam Aaronson, Milloe Blinds, Bell & Colvill, Crossroads Stores, Artichoke Interiors, CT Cars, Timberwood Tree Services, Surrey Gardeners, Wimbledon Garden Services, Quaich, TIA Architects & Design.