Sunflower Competition Winners

Astwood Bank in Bloom Sunflower Winners

With some 100 residents receiving free packets of sunflower seeds through Botany Bay and the Astwood Bank in Bloom team there have been hundreds of cheery yellow sunflowers brightening up the village throughout the summer. The first weekend of September saw the Astwood Bank in Bloom judges going out to measure a multitude of sunflowers that residents had entered into the informal competition.

Prizes of gift vouchers were kindly donated by Botany Bay for the tallest sunflower and the flower with the largest seed head.

This year’s winners were Tessa Hawkes, who managed to grow a sunflower to the magnificent height of 3.56 meters, and Jenny Lightfoot who nurtured her plants to produce a seed head of 28cm in diameter.

A truly great effort by not only them but all of the entrants.

Pictured below are Jamie Ratcliffe of Botany Bay handing out prizes to our two winners.


Plans are already in place for another sunflower competition for next year. So if you still have seed left over from this year don’t throw it away, but we will have some new stock next year as well. If you want to register for next year’s competition just email


ABC Open Meeting

Please join us, Tuesday 21st November, 8pm at Ridgeway Academy

Described by many of the Carnival team as the highlight of the year, this is when we announce which local groups and good causes are awarded the funds generated over the previous 12 months. It’s always an emotional and entertaining evening as people explain what they need the money for and what great experiences it will help them deliver to hundreds of people across our community.

It is also the main opportunity for anyone to raise any questions, thoughts, observations on what else the Carnival Committee could doing in the coming 12 months. If you can’t attend please do email