Town Hall Packed for Rye in Bloom Awards


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.Lona

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.lona1

Sarah Raven presents a special Chairman’s Certificate of
Thanks to Town Crier Rex Swaine



Best Hotel & Guest House

1st Durrant House Hotel
Highly Commended
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.

Highly Commended

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

Highly Commended

Culpeppers, Love Lane

37 Cooper Road

Best Hanging Basket

1st 21 Rope Walk

Highly Commended

1 Bankside

2 Eagle Road

47 Cooper Road Best Schools Mini garden

1st Freda Gardham School

Highly Commended

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.

Lorna Hall concluded the evening with these words “2004 has been a wonderful year for the Rye in Bloom group and our thanks go to everyone who has helped us.lona4

Kerry de Courcy of Rye Lodge introduces Lorna Hall before making a special presentation for all her hard work throughout the past year.



Maud Boreham won the Best Residential Garden Award.lona5

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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