‘Stow in the Snow’ returned for its second year to help provide meaningful Christmas activities within the homes and engage staff, residents and their families all together at this special time of year.
Categories were chosen by staff and residents ranging from best ‘Winter Wonderland’, to best table decoration or festive floral arrangement, there was something for everyone to get involved with. The ‘Best Decorated Christmas Tree’ across our group was shared on social media and the winner chosen by staff, relatives and members of the public.
The winners were decided by judges from Suffolk County Council; Julie Martin, Provider Support Lead and Georgie Stevens contracts officer who were invited to share their expertise on Crafts, Creations and all things festive to judge the competition. The judges toured the homes awarding rosettes for first, second and third place entries with the winners from each home were then taken forward to be judged “Best in Stow”.
After some extremely difficult decisions and much deliberation the overall winners were decided. Halstead claimed 2 ‘Best in Stow’ rosettes, ‘Best Nativity Scene’ for the second year in a row. The judges loved how father and son, (staff member and Halstead Hall), Terry & Derek had collaborated on this handmade model with the help from the residents at the home.
The second rosette was awarded to Iris Beard for her fantastic handmade Christmas card. The judges particularly liked the intricate detail of the card which made it very unique and individual. The competition once again sparked some really innovative ideas and unique interpretations of the categories at each home with residents, visitors and staff all eagerly anticipating the judging day to show off their wonderful creations.