MP selects best of Steyning's shop windows

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited the village of Steyning on Saturday morning (5 October) to judge a shop window display competition. 

The competition was held on the final day of this year's Steyning Food Festival and coincided with the regular farmers' market and this year's pumpkin weigh.  25 of the High Street's shop windows were dressed with a food theme to reflect the festival, and participants from food and non-food outlets all competed for the prizes.

The MP was accompanied by Phil Bowell, Steyning Parish Council Chairman, and County Councillor David Barling as he judged each window.

The winner was The Cobblestone Tearooms for their Royal Tea Party display complete with a lifesize cutout of HM The Queen.   Mr Herbert awarded them their prize of £50 donated by the Steyning and District Business Chamber.

The Little Sweetshop received second prize from the MP for their autumnal display of sweets and harvest items.  Present Harbour in Cobblestone Walk collected third prize for a fish and seafood theme display.

Mr Herbert also gave highly commended awards to Chez Joel delicatessen and Garlic Wood Farm Butchery.

Steyning & District Community Partnership Visitors & Tourism Group organised the Food Festival and the shop window competition.  They expect to repeat both events next year because of the support from local businesses and the interest of the public.