‘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. Ford Place won an amazing four ‘Best in Stow’ winning rosettes, including Best Christmas Tree Decoration, for Joy’s marvellous knitted creations, Best Community Collaboration for the wonderful work with partner organisations including the local college and nursery, Best Christmas Table Decoration, which was a lovely stitched basket by Mavis, and Best Decorated Christmas Tree, which was voted for by the public and received a staggering 374 public votes on social media!
As usual, Ford Place made the judges feel warmly welcomed and provided a wonderful spread for lunch, which can only have put the judges in a great mood for judging! Well done to everyone who took part! Your beautiful trophy was well deserved!