AWARDS CEREMONY 2004
Sarah Raven, BBC Gardener’s World presenter, award winning gardening author and journalist was the star attraction at this year’s Rye in Bloom Awards ceremony.
There was a wonderful turn out of winners and supporters at Rye Town Hall on 5 October for the Rye in Bloom 2004 prize giving.
Rex Swain, Rye’s Town Crier, announced the ceremony and Lorna Hall, Chairman of Rye in Bloom, gave a brief resume of the group’s achievements in 2004 also thanking everyone who had been involved in this year’s campaign.
Lorna Hall with the unique table lamp depicting Rye from every angle. Councillor John Izod painted the lamp, which was a surprize presentation to Lorna by the In Bloom Committee and friends. Deputy Mayor Councillor Paul Osborne and The Mayoress of Rye Jessica Neame were in attendance for the Rye in Bloom Award Night.
Sarah Raven presents a special Chairman’s Certificate of
Thanks to Town Crier Rex Swaine
Best Hotel & Guest House
1st Durrant House Hotel
Rye Lodge Hotel
The Hope Anchor
Best Public House & Restaurant
1st The Peacock Tearooms
This was then followed by the presentation of the ceramic David Sharp Plaques by Sarah Raven.
The Ship Inn
Fletchers House Tearooms
Best Any Other Business
1st Rye Retreat
Highly Commended Rother Homes
Gibbons & Mannington
Best Residential Front Garden
1st 78b Udimore Road
Culpeppers, Love Lane
37 Cooper Road
Best Hanging Basket
1st 21 Rope Walk
2 Eagle Road
47 Cooper Road Best Schools Mini garden
1st Freda Gardham School
Rye Pre-School Playgroup
Tilling Green School Western Barn Kindergarten
South & South East in Bloom discretionary awards of ‘Certificates of Excellence’ were also presented to the following:
Rye Retreat, The Fish Shop, Rye Lodge Hotel, Freda Gardham School, 78b Udimore Road, 21 Rope Walk, Culpeppers Love Lane, The Ship Inn, The Peacock Tearooms and 47 Cooper Road.
These were awarded for entries that the judges felt had tried exceptionally hard to improve Rye’s surroundings.
Chairman’s ‘Certificate of Thanks’ awards were also presented to Rex Swain, various members of the Rye in Bloom group and Martin Sims for their major contributions to the Britain in Bloom campaign this year.
Kerry de Courcy of Rye Lodge introduces Lorna Hall before making a special presentation for all her hard work throughout the past year.
Sarah Raven presents a David Sharp Pottery Plaque to Edward and James Jury of the Freda Gardham.
T.V. Gardener’s World presenter Sarah Raven presents Peacock Tearooms proprietor Chris Howard with the ‘Best Restaurant’.
“Rye’s Own” November 2004
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