Judges this year, were ACTS, a group of local people who meet at St John the Baptist Church Hall to keep active and for friendship and support. Their decision was made on the afternoon of Weds 17th December.
It was a close call but after careful consideration they chose the Post Office as the Winner. The group numbered 14. Each of the judges wrote down three nominations and wrote down why they thought those windows were best, and then they voted for the winner over refreshments at Infusions.
The Post Office have been awarded a £100 cash prize and their name will be engraved on the shield which they will hold for one year.
The businesses that were nominated, and some of the reasons given, are listed below
Post Office Because it stands out – great for kids; The snowman showed imagination and used materials relevant to a post office; very effective; Window display reflecting their business in attractive way; Large display good for visually impared and young children; Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Christmas post; Imaginitive use of materials – very topical
Villages in Partnership A good nativity scene; Showed the real meaning of Christmas; Very traditional; Whole window given over to theme.
Profile Hair The Chimney showed a children’s Christmas and involved children from the community; School use; involved school children
Bronze Boutique Country Christmas road; pretty village scene
Queenscourt Hospice Christmas delight: Lots of detail and thought given to making a visually attractive display; appealing to a wide age range, using items in the shop; Made with imagination; Very festive and a lot of thought has gone into it; Lots of thought gone into it; We liked the snow duvet.
Hayes Opticians Full cover of window and good colours; Bright and cheerful; Blue White and Silver.
Jack Parkers Good use of imagination and use of bicycles
The group voted for the winner by a show of hands:
· Post Office 6 votes
· Queenscourt Hospital 5 votes
· Profile Hair 1 votes
· VIP 2 votes
What the Judges said about being judges….
· It was nice to see the different ideas – from traditional to quirky.
· I enjoyed it because it made me look more closely at the windows and made me appreciate the effort people made
· I liked taking part in a local event.
· It was very nice walking round looking at the displays. I enjoyed it very much.
· It was good to participate
· I enjoyed it because I don’t often look at the village in the dark, or even walk out at night.
· I enjoyed taking part and being with friends
· Its has been very good with a group
· It is nice to be involved in the community, and also seeing which shops make an effort for Christmas
· It has been enjoyable taking time out in pleasant company to view our local shops. I feel all should receive a certificate for participation.
Below: Chairman of the Council, Cllr Alan Bullen awards the Winner's Sheild to John Emminson of Burscough Post Office while members of ACTS look on.