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Istead Rise gets creative for Christmas

Istead Rise gets Creative for Christmas with fabulous festive creations! 

I was delighted to present prizes to the winners in our ‘amazing artists’ and ‘brilliant bakers’ competition.

The winners were, in no particular order:

1st:  Isabelle Schiavi, who made an ‘elf hat’. Isabelle loves the mischievous elves and wanted to create an elf look this year to wear at Christmas. 

2nd: William Schiavi, who made a ‘swinging santa’. William enjoys creating things and finding out how they work, hence the ‘swinging santa’. William said: “I enjoyed colouring the wood and attaching santa to the tree”.

3rd: Rachel Forshaw, who painted her front window with a Christmas scene. “Thank you for my chocolates, which are going down a treat”, Rachel said. As she is a face painter and has been unable to paint any faces this year due to covid, she decided to paint her windows instead. 

4th and 5th: Grace and Ellenor Westlake, who decided to make a Christmas advent calendar for their great gran who is 94 and hasn’t been able to get out since the start of the year. The girls made this to bring a smile to her face every day. 

6th and 7th: Louie and Theo Horton, who decided to make a ginger bread house. They felt so excited to be amongst the Istead Rise ‘brilliant bakers’. Mum said: “The boys are so so happy and I’m very proud of them. They loved making their ginger bread house but enjoyed eating it more”.

8th: Oliver Chapman, who made vegan shortbreads. Mum, Claire, said: “Oliver felt great about being one of the Istead Rise ‘brilliant bakers’. He is over the moon and wants to make some for his friends at school when he goes back”.

9th: Bruce Meek really wanted to lift spirits in our community and planted a 15ft Christmas tree!, which the family decorated with a mass of Christmas baubles for all the community to see and enjoy. Bruce was presented with an angel from the community to say thank you.

10th: Christine Hogg and the Istead Rise WI were presented with a Christmas wreath from the community, to say thank you for all the fabulous decoration of the local post boxes. We really appreciate the dedication that Christine and the WI have given to our community over the past year. They decorated the post boxes with Rainbows during the first lockdown, with poppies during Remembrance week and currently with the Christmas displays. Thank you – they are certainly amongst our amazing artists.

11th: Jenson O’Neil, who decided to create a Christmas Nativity scene from items he found outdoors. Mum, Lisa, said: “I am very proud of all the efforts he put in collecting sticks to create this scene”.

12th: Sophie Harmer decided to fill 25 bags with goodies especially for children and donate them to worthy causes. She even made more to ensure there were enough to go round. Mum, Liz, said: “Sophie loves to help others and we are enormously proud of her”. 

All of these creations are extremely worthy winners.

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Don’t forget the community tree now needs decorating, please respect social distancing. Why don’t you take a selfie when you add a decoration. If possible you can also make a donation to the Ellenor charity. You will find a box in the Co-op, or alternatively you can text 70085 to donate to the ISTEADRISETREE followed by your donation amount.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

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