Corsham town celebrates Bloom contest gold and top trophy

This Is Wiltshire: Sandra Hyde and Ruth Hopkinson, with members of Corsham in Bloom, show off the Sargent Cup and gold certificate Sandra Hyde and Ruth Hopkinson, with members of Corsham in Bloom, show off the Sargent Cup and gold certificate

Corsham has another honour to add to its recent glory after scooping gold in the South West in Bloom competition and winning the Sargent Cup.

The Corsham in Bloom committee found out the news of their success last Thursday and have continued their good run in the competition which has seen them win silver in 2009, silver gilt in 2010, gold in 2011 and gold with the accolade of winning the Sargent Cup this year.

The theme of Corsham’s entry this year commemorated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games with the town taken over by flower Olympic Torches and hanging baskets catching the eye of the judging panel.

Corsham in Bloom chairman, town councillor Ruth Hopkinson, said: “We are over the moon. We’ve made great progress during a year which has been very difficult for horticulture.”

Corsham were given the Sargent Cup because they had the highest score in the small towns category, beating Bodmin and Ilfracombe.

Coun Hopkinson said she thought the triumph was a fitting way to finish a week which started with Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward holding a homecoming event in the town last Monday, where she showed off her four silver medals and one bronze she won at the Games.

Coun Hopkinson said: “This has been a great year for Corsham all in all. I think what swung winning the cup for us this year was the involvement of our local community as the judges seemed really impressed by our engagement with the schools and traders.”

As part of Corsham’s South West in Bloom success the town won 11 neighbourhood awards, with hundreds of people getting involved with the competition.

Coun Hopkinson said: “We are all proud of Corsham. It is gratifying to be rewarded, but the main purpose is to enhance the town for residents and visitors.”

An awards ceremony for this year’s Corsham in Bloom competition will be held in the Town Hall at 7pm on Thursday.

The competition’s committee plans to meet in November to discuss next year’s Corsham in Bloom. Anyone wanting to get involved should call the town council on (01249) 702130 or email towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk

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