Bumper crop of entries in Malmesbury in Bloom helps keep town colourful

Bumper crop of entries in Malmesbury in Bloom helps keep town colourful

More than 150 children and dozens of locals make Malmesbury Town Council’s annual competition a success.

Budding artists and green-fingered gardeners were rewarded for their hard work at the prizegiving for the annual Malmesbury in Bloom competition, organised by Malmesbury Town Council.

Mayor Cllr Gavin Grant presented cups, prizes and certificates at the Town Hall, commenting that it was his favourite evening of the year.

“We have a beautiful town and many people work very hard to make sure it stays beautiful,” he said. “All around the town are fantastic gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets which all contribute to welcoming the many visitors we have, and this takes a huge amount of effort.”

The competition had two elements. A gardening competition, whose categories included best large garden, best small/courtyard garden, best commercial premises and best vegetable patch. Alongside, a children’s art competition was run, with different age categories, from the 12s and over to the under 4s. Judging the children’s artwork once again were former teachers Rose Scanlon and Suzanne Tennant.

Commenting on the children’s artwork, Cllr Grant said: “We had a record number of entries in the children’s categories and they should all be very proud of their work. The judges had a tremendously hard time picking the winners. All the young people have done a brilliant job.”

Judging the gardening competition once again was Piers Lavan, who runs Hortico Plant Centre, Sherston. He said his task became more difficult each year, with such a high standard of entries. He also urged neighbours to enter the street/road category next year. “There are so many places in the town which jointly make a big effort and could have won if only they’d entered.”

Overall winner of the Terry Soule Cup was Michael's Butchers, Bistro and Deli owned by Michael and Sandy Thomas. Piers said: “This makes such a great visual impact, using just a small amount of available space.”

Piers himself was presented with an Outstanding Services to Malmesbury in Bloom award, as was Shaun Bleaken, who looks after the town’s many hanging baskets and floral displays.

Download the names of all the winners below.


Children’s artwork competition

12 and over:

1st - George Bridgeman

 9 to 11-year-olds:

1st – Rufus Lawton

2nd – Jack McCormack

3rd – Pippa Jobbins

Highly commended – James Pink, George Pike


7 to 8-year-olds

1st – Georgia Ewence

2nd – Lawrie Cole, Jackson Strong


3rd – Maddison Stokes

Highly commended – Felix Sparrow, Jessica Smea, Ruby Taylor, Ethan Macpherson


5 to 6-year-olds

1st – Abigail Somolan

2nd – Olive Ratcliffe

3rd – Pippa Conway

Highly commended: Basil Kingsbury, Dhanjay Patel, Rosie Setterfield, Freddie Moss, Rosie Walters, Amelie Marriott



1st – Robyn West

2nd – Ottilie Grey

3rd – Ernie Kingsbury


Highly commended: Rosie Walters

Under 4s

1st – George Pye


Winners of the gardening competition

Window boxes/hanging baskets/containers – Beals of Bath cup, Louise Sedgwick

Courtyard, patios, small garden – Foxley Road cup, Louise Sedgwick

Large garden – Malmesbury Garden Club cup, Diana D’Arcy









Commercial premises – Malmesbury Chamber of Commerce cup, Michael's Butchers, Bistro and Deli









Wildflower area, Malmesbury Town Council cup, Malmesbury Primary School

Vegetable area, Cllr C Doody cup, Jennifer Jones & Robert Stringer









Sustainable gardening – Cllr F Vandelli cup, Malmesbury Primary School

Super gardener – AC Nurden cup, Sandy Ponting

Overall winner – Terry Soule cup, Michael's Butchers, Bistro and Deli











   Outstanding Services to Malmesbury in Bloom award - Piers Lavan

Download results_-malmesbury_in_bloom_childrens_multi-media_art_competition_2023.pdf
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