It was a full house at last night’s Thornton Heath’s in Bloom as we announced the winners in the Thornton Heath Community Action Team’s 2022 awards.
It was lovely to see so many of those who had entered along with supporters attend the awards ceremony at St Andrew’s Church hall.
We heard from the judges Anpu Sivokumaran, Cynthia Maxwell and Graham Mitchell about how they had come about their decisions inspired by not just aesthetics but also water conservation and planting for bees and butterflies.
There were certificates for all the winners and engraved salvers for first prize along with an array of prizes kindly donated by Pizza Time on Beulah Road, ASKI on Brigstock Road, YBR Cake and Tropical Fayre shop.
We would especially like to thank two members of THCAT Laurence William Philip Gough and Cassandra who generously donated over £200 towards B&Q vouchers for our winners.
All our generous donors deserve a big round of applause. Here are a few pictures from the awards of the first prize winners and the winning gardens/planters.
The winners are as follows:
Street Planters/Tree Pits
Judged by Graham Mitchell
1st Sue Ahmad and Catherine Rubaine of Livingstone Road who won a Pizza Time voucher plus £15 voucher (from Cass, THCAT)
2nd Marzena Harrison, of Frant Road who received a Pizza Time voucher
3rd Mersham Road Medical Centre were award a bottle of Champagne (courtesy of ASKI)
Judged by Anpu Sivokumaran
1st Beulah Infant School who received a £50 voucher (donated by Lawrence, THCAT)
2nd Thornton Heath Nursery School were awarded a £15 voucher (from Cass, THCAT) and ASKI tea voucher
3rd Thornton Heath Rec Community Garden collected a kettle from ASKI plus a tea voucher
Judged by Cynthia Maxwell
1st Mary Curniffe, Melfort Road won a £45 voucher (from Cass) plus Cava (from Tropical Fayre shop)
2nd Dahlia Kariuki, Buxton Road received a blender (from ASKI) plus a £15 voucher (from Cass)
3rd Sue Ahmad, Livingstone Rd – YBR Cake voucher
Judged by Graham Mitchell
1st Cindy Scott, Penshurst Road – £50 voucher (from Lawrence, THCAT)
2nd Neil Tanner, Buller Road – Pizza Time voucher
3rd Helena Charle, Woodville Road – £15 voucher (from Cass)
Cabinet lead for streets and the environment Cllr Scott Roche was due to present the awards but he was also unable to attend because of COVID but sent a statement which was read out.
Sadly organiser Linda Watson was also unwell and Tilly Pollard, who did an amazing job promoting this year’s In Bloom, were both unable to attend the ceremony.
Thanks goes to them both, along with our three judges, THCAT committee members Barbara Benjamin and Gaetane Jones who organised the refreshments and catering and finally Averil Coutinho for doing the admin for this year’s event!
Andrea Perry, THCAT Chair
A colossal THANK YOU and well done to each and every person who entered Thornton Heath In Bloom 2022.
We hope you’ll enter again next year!
In Bloom Volunteering
In order to bring back Thornton Heath In Bloom again in 2023, we need help.
Please drop us an email if you would like to volunteer to help with any of the following: planning, marketing & pr, designing leaflets/certificates, sourcing donations and prizes, catering, judging, photography, and leafleting.