Tree decoration competition at Christmas market

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RUGBY children are invited to make a handmade Christmas tree decoration for a competition at a garden centre.

Coventry Fundraisers is hosting the contest to help decorate its Christmas tree at Blooms Rugby Garden Centre during its Christmas Markets on selected days in December.

Carole Berry, Manager of the garden centre on Straight Mile in Bourton-on-Dunsmore, said: “Children and adults can enter the competition with any handmade Christmas tree decoration.

“There are four age categories in the competition, which are, four to seven years, eight to 12 years, 13 to 18 years and 18 plus.

“For those people who are unsure of how to make a winning decoration they are welcome to join in with the craft workshops being held during the Christmas Markets.

“The competition is free to enter unless you would like to make your decoration in one of the market workshops where prices start from £1.”

The competition will close at 2pm on Wednesday, December 21. Entries will then be judged by garden centre staff.

Carole added: “The winner of each children’s category will win a fantastic hamper full of crafting goodies, toys and stocking fillers and the winner of the 18 plus category will win a surprise hamper worth more than £50.

The charity Christmas Markets will take this weekend and every weekday from Monday, December 19 until Friday, December 23.

The markets are being organised by Emily Williams and her team at Coventry Fundraisers, which will be raising money for various charities. All money raised from stallholder fees will be donated to charity.

Coventry Fundraisers is an independent group based in Coventry, which fundraises and offers skills and support for other charities in the region.

The group is currently collecting unwanted toys and other Christmas gifts for charities in the area during the markets.

Carole continued: “People coming along to the Christmas Markets will be given the opportunity to pick up festive gifts and ideas.

“Stalls will be selling items including ceramics, embroidered soft furnishings, festive food, handcrafted cards, soft toys and other handmade products.

“The charity Circles Network will also be at our weekly Christmas Market with two Shetland ponies called Peisko and Feorag every Saturday until further notice.”

Circles Network, which is a UK wide charity and voluntary organisation based in Warwickshire, exists to make a positive difference in the lives of people who find themselves isolated or marginalised.

It helps and supports disabled and disadvantaged adults, as well as children, young people and families.