Once again Bloom judges toured Burgess Hill looking at all the wonderful and different lighting effects that the residents and shop owners had conjured up, their job takes longer each year as the town grows.
St. John’s Church tree shone out like a beacon from the centre of town and the judges were very impressed with the Woolpack pub looking so resplendent in it’s Christmas dressing.
On display in Worlds End was an enormous Minion who was visiting from the USA, these were added to by blow up Santas, penguins and assorted Christmas animals through the town.
It was especially the variety of lighting designs in the Town Gardens which caught the judges eyes. Trees, bushes, shrubs, fences and railings were decorated with LED lights that shone brightly. Neighbours in Station Road were vying to outdo each other again this year and are worth slowing the car for. Kevin with his hand made house lights and Paul with his retro decorated shrubs were very original.
Houses new and old in West Street, Farnlea, Culpepper, Bramber way, Tindall Close, Huntingdon Way, Phoenix Rise, Burners Close, Hestia Place neighbours and 2018 winners in the Holt all stood out.
The results were discussed and the individual winner of the Jo Toase Trophy was a worthy Sue Price in St. Peters Road for her ‘Wow Factor’ display – so worth a second look!
The Neighbours lights, winning the Cathy Barnett Cup again after a break, were Orchard Road Circle, winning for the splendour of their group effort with imaginative lighting and even crowning their central tree with Father Christmas.
Winners will be given a prize of free tickets to the Burgess Hill in Bloom Spring Party in April and presented with their trophies for giving Burgess Hill displays to be proud of.
So, thank you to all of you across the town for making Burgess Hill so attractive again this Christmas.
Cathy Barnett, Chair of Burgess Hill in Bloom