96 Church Walk  Burgess Hill   RH15 9AS

News and Diary


Although entries were down due to the Corona Virus outbreak and the weather we had sufficient entries to announce the winners of the Burgess Hill SPRING Garden Competition  2020

   First Place  - Jackie Smith of Cants Lane

Second Place - Paul Barnett of Station Road  and

Third Place - Sue Price 

Unfortunately a casualty of the outbreak is the Burgess Hill Summer Fayre, due to have been held on June 7th has now been cancelled.

Christmas Fund Raising

Thanks go to everyone for your donations to our Christmas Book Stalls at The Market Place when the Towns Christmas Lights were switched on and the Horticultural Society's Market at the Cypress Hall on the 14th December.

The princely sum of £112 was raised and we are planning a review of the books we have left with a view to obtaining more children's titles


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 throught the town.

   But, 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



Wednesday  the 16th of October 2019

AGE UK, CHERRY TREE,   FAIRFIELD ROAD,   once again hosted their Grand Quiz on Wednesday October 16th 

Numbers were down on last year but a fun evening was had by all of those present and a  

 donation of £120 was made to the Age UK Christmas Lunch Fund.

Master Quizmaster Dave Turner set the questions and there was a Grand Raffle, again the profits from which went to charity.

An evening of fun helped this worthy cause and keep an eye open for next years Quiz Night.

Contact Cathy Barnett on cathybarnett@sky.com.  Or phone on 01444 244617.

Burgess Hill showed off its’ Blooms  in the annual
Gerden Safari


Burgess Hill opened its’ gardens to the public on Sunday the 21st July and the price of £5.00 per person this year to view 11 gardens, proved to be somewhat of a bargain. Some gardens had been replanted, some very new, some tiny and some offered refreshements, and a grand total of £827.00 was raised for the two elected charities of St. Peters and St. James Hospice and Mid Downs Hospital Radio.

   There were old favourites to see as well as lots of new ones.  Making the most of small gardens was the theme, including a Neighbours in Bloom group in Station Road who have achieved so much in their small and new front gardens.  Another resident has rescued land from the railway, one has created a peaceful garden in remembrance of her husband and another has divided her back garden into ‘rooms’ including a ‘vegetable’ room.

   Some gardens were completely replanted for this show  and visitors were able to see what a gardening group made of a gift of a corner of a garden near Wivelesfield Station.   

    Refreshments were available in Leylands Road and Western Road  


Profits of £827. 00 went to St. Peters and St. James Hospice and the raffle of a Giant Teddy in aid of Mid Downs Radio at Princess Royal Hospital.

Thanks must go to P & S Gallagher,

who have sponsored our expenses this year.





Brian & Sue Knight, 14 Barnside Avenue, RH15 0JU                Award Winning Back Garden

Open garden with environmental features & bespoke irrigation system.                

Map Ref: 3D


Gardening Group (Steve Bridger), 54 Leylands Rd, RH15 8AL                 Community Garden

Flower/vegetable garden                                                                                        

Map Ref: 1C


Sue Price. 46 St Peter’s Road, RH15 8JL                                                         Back Garden

Children’s secret garden, water feature                                                            Cold Drinks

Map Ref: 2C


** Stephen & Sara D’Allenger-Bradshaw. 62 Crescent Road RH15 8EG            Back Garden

Re-designed this year

Map Ref: 2C


** P & S Gallagher.  111 Church Road, RH15 9AA                                       Drive By Only

Great hanging baskets – Our Sponsors

Map Ref: 2B


** Pauline Bennett. 87 Chanctonbury Road, RH15 9EZ                                   Back Garden

Green ‘Wild’ Garden                                  Sales of farm fresh eggs and handmade aprons

Map Ref: 3C                                                                                                                         

Paul & Cathy Barnett, Summerfield, 101 Station Rd, RH15 9ED                        Back Garden

Statuary, water features, roses/clematis collection                                  Loos, seating areas

Map Ref: 3C                                                                                              Old Favourite


** 70/78 Station Road, RH15 9ED                                                                                   Small front gardens                                                                          Neighbours in Bloom  Map Ref: 3C


** Sue Goodsall.  37 Western Road, RH15 8QW                                                          

Interesting smaller back garden                                                                    Tea & Cakes

Map Ref: 3B


** Theresa Welch.  44 Western Road, RH15 8QN                                       Back Garden

Garden in ‘Rooms’

Map Ref: 3B


Keith Maslin – Warelands Play Area, RH15 9QD                                       Drive By Only

Children’s Play Area                                                                        Another old Favourite

Map Ref: 3B


Special thanks to our new sponsor for their help and encouragement and to the gardeners who kindly opened their homes for us all to see in this years Garden Safari


Sunflower seeds giveaway

Pictured above  are Cathy and Jo with a friend who stopped by to offer encouragement and above right Adam and Liz White who all helped with the St Adrew's Day Sunflower distribution in the Market Place, Burgess Hill.

On St Georges Day, the 21st April, members of Burgess Hill in Bloom were out in force giving away packets of sunflower seeds to children, mums and dads of Burgess Hill.

   The initiative was started some years ago to enable young and not so young residents see who could grow the tallest and largest sunflower  on or before our closing date of the 21st September 2019  (as ever weather permitting)


The total packages distributed was over 150 which exceeded last years and hopefully all of the seeds will be planted and tended over the coming months to give us a massive display of beautiful sunflowers when we come to judge in late summer

 SPRING GARDEN competition 2019                   WINNERS

Photos above are from left to right:- Hilary and Lynn of the 'Cherryaiders' Gardening Group with the Best Community Group Shield.   In the middle is Sue Goodsall with her Shield for the Best Individual Household Spring Garden entry.

And on the right is Eamom O'Connell who with his wife Lynn won the Jo Toase Plate for his Best Individual Christmas Lights entry, judged  just before Christmas 2018.

Other winners and runners up are as below and everyone congratulated the organisers of the Presentation Evening on a job well done.

Community Groups:

Winner: The Cherryaiders (Hilary and Lynn) at Cherry Tree Age UK Centre, Fairfield Road, RH15 8QB.

Highly Commended:  Signposts Mid Sussex, (Diana Jenkins) 32 Station Road, RH15 9DS.

Commended:  Warelands Play Area, (Keith Maslin), 35 Warelands, RH15 9QD.

£30.00 cheques were given to each of the groups 


Winner:  Sue Goodsall, 37 Western Road, RH15 QW.

Highly Commended:  Sue Price, 46 St. Peters Road, RH15 8JL.

Commended:  Paul Barnett, 101 Station Road, RH15 9ED.

£5.00 garden vouchers were given to all winners


£5.00 garden vouchers were also given to the following:

Liz Burrows, 28 Poveys Close, RH15 9TB.

Phil Harvey, 16 Park Close, RH15 .

Teresa Welch, 44 Western Road, RH15 8QN.


South Burgess Hill Gardens won out this year due to the North part being higher, all their Spring flowers were over by the date of judging.

Spring perfume, from daffodils, tulips, muscari, hyacinths and a variety of planting, was in the air as the judges toured the gardens.

   Three community groups entered and the winners were Hilary and Lynn, the Cherryaiders  These two are a pair of gardening volunteers, who are helping and guiding the users of the garden in Fairfield Road.  They have beaten off continuing vandalism to come up with some pretty raised beds with interesting planting. 

  Highly Commended were the team at Signposts, Station Road, who planted out varied pots and containers to beautify the front of the centre. 

   Keith Maslin won Commended for his year after year gardening around the play area in Warelands.  All these volunteers deserve a special thank you for their efforts throughout the year.

Household winner was Sue Goodsall of Western Road, whose garden is designed to honour her late husband.  A lot of thought and hard work made this small garden a delight to behold. 

Green fingered Sue Prices large garden in St. Peters Road, was its’ usual interesting array of spring trees, flowers and flowering shrubs all performing at their best to win Highly Commended.  Paul Barnett in Station Road was commended for his enormous variety of different daffodils and tulips, all crowned by the blossoms of a large crab apple tree full of the sound of bees.  Three near misses were thanked for all their efforts and encouraged to try again next year by the awarding of £5.00 each


Burgess Hill gardeners should be proud of their town this year, covered as it is in an abundance of Spring flowers, magnificent daffodils especially, being on view everywhere you look.  Well done Burgess Hill

To enter our Spring  or  Summer Garden Competitions Please turn to our Membership page for the links to our ENTRY FORMS

Please follow these pages because at the time of compiling the list the weather has been far from kind and alterations to dates may be necessary

Here are some highlights and dates for your 2020 diary

Spring Competition & Judging  -  14th & 15th March

Sunflower Seed Distribution St George’s Day  - 18 April

 B H i B Spring Presentation and Party  -  25th April

Burgess Hill Summer Fayre  -  7th June

Summer Garden Competition Judging  --  20 to 24th July 2020 

Burgess Hill Garden Safari  -  26th July 

Wivelsfield Village Fete - TBC

Judging of Sunflower Competition  – 15th to 20th August

Summer Presentation - TBC

Annual Quiz  - TBC

Bag of Bulbs Distribution -- 15th November

Christmas Lights Competition Judging – pre Christmas

 all dates are subject to change and are as discussed by the committee

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