Make Sidmouth the best in Britain by joining task force teams

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:40 19 March 2018

Members of Sidmouth in Bloom are appealing for residents and businesses to back its campaign to tidy up the town before its two champion of champions judges visits.

Members of Sidmouth in Bloom are appealing for residents and businesses to back its campaign to tidy up the town before its two champion of champions judges visits.


People are being urged to roll up their sleeves and help ensure Sidmouth looks its very best this summer as the town goes for glory in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

The town is fighting to become the UK champion of champions and will go head-to-head with Truro, Didsbury, Market Bosworth, Usk and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

But Sidmouth in Bloom says it will not be able to do it alone and is calling on residents and businesses to help tidy up the town before judges arrive in the summer.

“It is not Disneyland for a day, it has to be continuous throughout the year,” said Peter Endersby, of Sidmouth in Bloom.

“Sidmouth in Bloom will get the town so far but to get to the top everyone in the town has to contribute.”

To help, Sidmouth Town Council has announced a series of task force days to clean up sections of Sidmouth, beginning on April 11, in the town centre.

Members hope it will be an ongoing initiative to encourage residents to keep Sidmouth looking its best throughout the year.

Councillor Ian Barlow said: “We want to be the best in the whole country, no iffing and butting.”

Christopher Holland, town clerk, added: “We should take pride in our town. We want to help people help themselves, it doesn’t take much to do litter picking or weeding or keep the pavement clear.”

The council has arranged for a cherry picker to help clean the gutters on the day and will be working with the district council and Sidmouth in Bloom to give out tasks to helpers.

The group is also on the hunt for members to join its Sidforce team to help on its own clean up days.

This year’s displays in The Triangle and Blackmore Gardens will be in a colour scheme of red, yellow and blue and it is hoped residents will use the colours in their own displays.

Lynette Talbot, chairman of the in bloom group, said: “We are going flat out to succeed but cannot do this alone, we need the support and collaboration of all who live in Sidmouth.”

To join Sidmouth in Bloom email

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

Plans have been submitted to turn a Grade II listed building and former care home into nine apartments.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Online paedophile hunters have reportedly carried out a daytime ‘sting’ in Sidmouth, after a woman allegedly sent ‘graphic’ messages to someone posing as a schoolgirl.

Read more
Thu, 06:55

Talk of the great floods of 50 years ago has revived a curious tale of three pigs who got swept away by the surge.

Read more
Wed, 17:55

Big plans to extend a Sidmouth school, increasing the number of students it has, have been given the green light by planning chiefs.

Read more

Eagle eyed volunteers are hitting the streets of Sidbury to collect data to back claims of increased traffic, large vehicles and speed through the village.

Read more
Wed, 07:15

Sidmouth firefighters help to free her

Read more
Wed, 07:00

Guests dressed to the nines for a night of music and merriment, helping to raise more than £1,000 for Sidbury Primary School.

Read more
Tue, 17:15

Thousands of pounds have been given to good causes, thanks to the hard work of the Salcombe Regis Fair organisers.

Read more
Tue, 15:57

It may look like a crime scene but Sherlock Holmes or Poirot won’t be needed – though a visit from Special Branch might be in order.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 19°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications