Volunteers needed to bring it back to life

A Seaford group which is behind the fantastic floral displays in the town has folded.

The shock announcement that Seaford in Bloom (SIB) is no longer was announced following the prize giving to winners of this year’s SIB Floral Competition.

The group has been going since 1992 and this year it helped put six floral fountains, two oak barrels, 22 halfplanters and much more in the town.

The news that it was to fold was announced by Seaford Town Clerk Sam Shippen last week. Due to ill health, Isabel Stephenson, has decided to discontinue as chairman and the rest of the committee is also stepping down.

Mrs Shippen 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.”

Former Seaford Town Clerk Len Fisher, a good friend and supporter of Isabel and SIB, was also present to pay tribute to the chairman and her committee.

Over the years quizzes and golf days have been among events held to raise funds for the group’s cause. The balance of the funds in the SIB account should finance the floral displays in the town for at least the next three years. Seaford Town Council will be taking care of the money and will look into renewing the supply and maintenance contract with Europlants at its next town council meeting in September.

Jim Murray, who has been press officer for SIB for 12 years, added, “It’s sad that an association that has done so much for the town is coming to an end. But if people come along and volunteer it might take off again.”

Volunteers are required to form a new Seaford in Bloom committee and anyone who is interested should contact Mrs Shippen on 894870.

Winners of this year’s floral competition Awards should hand back the cups directly to Seaford Town Council in July 2014. The future of the competition has yet to be decided.