A community group which has been making Seaford a better place for more than 20 years will fold.
Seaford in Bloom chairman Isabel Stephenson has decided to retire from her role due to ill health and the rest of the committee are stepping down too.
The group’s fundraising has been so successful it has enough money to pay for floral displays in the town for the next three years.
Seaford Town Council will be taking care of the money and is hoping to renew the supply and maintenance contract with Europlants at its next town council meeting in September.
Volunteers are needed to form a new committee and anyone interested should contact the town clerk Sam Shippen.
The sad news was delivered at the Seaford in Bloom Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday August 13 at Dean’s Place Hotel in Alfriston.
Speaking at the event Sam said: “This is a time of celebration for all the tremendous work that Seaford in Bloom has carried out for Seaford over the years.
“On behalf of all the town’s residents, businesses and Seaford Town Council, a big ‘thank you’ to Isabel and the Seaford in Bloom Committee for all of the voluntary work you have tirelessly carried out for more than 20 years.”
The future of the Seaford in Bloom Competition has yet to be decided.
Former town clerk Len Fisher said he felt privileged to say a few words about Seaford in Bloom and Isabel in particular who he has been great friends with since, as Seaford town clerk, he first met her in 1996.
Jim Murray from Seaford in Bloom said there have been some lovely times over the years, including pasta evenings, golf days, quiz nights and soup, spud and pud lunches.
He also remembered the day when the Church Hall cookers packed up and there were people wandering around town with pockets full of jacket potatoes looking for somewhere to cook them.
Len thanked Ashley Stephenson and all of the committee who had always been behind Isabel and her passion and was pleased that the town council will continue to look after the planting and watering for the next few years.
He hoped that volunteers would come forward to continue with Seaford in Bloom – although Len added they would be ‘one hell of an act to follow’.
Len finished by thanking Isabel and her committee for ‘helping to make Seaford such a lovely place to live’.
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Photo caption: from left Joan Wilcockson, John Price, Isabel Stephenson, chairman, Jim Murray, Ida Staples, Lesley Povah, Joanne Ottaway and Carol Plumridge.