This year Witney Town Council has reinstated the Christmas competitions for best decorated house and best dressed shop window. Councillors submitted suggestions for winners of the house competition from within their own wards for consideration, along with shop windows that had installed festive displays.
Judging was undertaken by a panel of councillors who were delighted with the high standard.
Colin Williams, a resident of Queen Emma’s Dyke is the 2016 winner of the Best Decorated House Competition. Mr Williams said that he and his wife, who is originally from Michigan, USA decorate their home each year purely for the love of the Season.
They had no idea that they had been considered for the competition so were astonished when the Mayor turned up on their doorstep in his chain and presented them with a bottle of champagne, donated by Breckon and Breckon who sponsored the competition.
Cllr Chris Holliday, Mayor of Witney Town Council said;
”Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Williams on winning the competition. We know that their home is appreciated by many other residents and that’s what this is all about. I would encourage others to get involved and take part in future years and if your house is tucked away, or off the beaten track, make sure you let us know it is there so we can come and take a look”.
Pictured Mr Williams with Mayor Chris Holliday and the winning house.
Once again, the retailers of Witney demonstrated a real talent for capturing the festive spirit in their windows. Winner of the best dressed window went to The African Children’s Fund Charity Shop in Corn Street who have a display of wreaths, bows and Christmas decorations. The Mayor is delighted that they have won the competition as they take every opportunity to get involved with window dressing, including awareness raising days for other charities.
The Mayor will present them with the Abbott Diabetes Care Challenge Trophy to display in their winning window.
The Town Council also ran its traditional Christmas Competitions for primary school children. They are asked to submit designs for the Town Council’s official Christmas card, a design to create a poster to advertise the Mayor’s carol service and for the first time in a number of years, a Christmas Light, which has been installed on the Town Hall . Prize winners were presented at their school assemblies at the end of November.
Winner of the Design a Christmas Light Competition, Eve Woodruff, with her parents, the Mayor and Marc Hatcher of Scott Fraser, who sponsored this year’s light. The light in situ on the Town Hall (photo courtesy of James Oakey)
Below is a complete list of winners and runners up. Congratulations to everyone. We would love to see even more entries next year!
Best Decorated House -Mr & Mrs Williams of Queen Emma’s Dyke
Best dressed shop Window – The African Children’s Fund Shop, Corn Street
Design a Light
- Winner – Eve Woodruff age 9, West Witney Primary School
- Runner Up – Lyla age 9, Madley Brook County Primary School
- Runner Up – Harry age 9, Madley Brook County Primary School
Design a Christmas Card
- Winner – Lidia age 8, The King’s School
- Runner Up – Lily age 10, The King’s School
- Runner Up – Emmeline age 9, Madley Brook County Primary School
Design a Poster
- Winner – Megan age 11, Queen Emma’s Primary School
- Runner Up – Hannah age 9, The King’s School
- Runner Up – Josiah age 8, The King’s School