Welcome to Wetherby, Wetherby Business Association and Members of Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District have been helping to make Wetherby a fantastic place to shop this Christmas with their annual Christmas Window Dressing Competitions. The aim of the competition is to complement Wetherby’s wonderful Christmas lights by having some stunning window displays, all of which encourages our local residents and visitors alike to spend time and, hopefully, money in the town over the festive season. This year’s competition saw a record 22 entries; boosted by the attraction of prizes worth over £400 in local advertising generously donated by Handpicked Local, Wetherby Now and Tempo FM. The entries, ranging from toy shops to beauty parlours to stationers and estate agents were judged by the Mayor, Councillor Norma Harrington, representatives from the competition’s sponsors and pupils from local schools, including art students at Wetherby High School. Criteria included enticeability, imaginative use of stock, relevance to the festive season, creativity and overall impression. The overall winner of the Wetherby Business Association trophy was Furnish & Fettle of High Street, Wetherby.
The Junior Judges’ award went to Nicolla Florist of Bank Street. The Senior Judges’ award went to Peter Jones of Market Place. Eleanor Goddard, director of Furnish & Fettle, said: “I am so proud of our wonderful team. The display was designed and constructed by three of my colleagues from our Wetherby showroom, Donna Schofield, Steve Watling and Della Pool. It’s great that their creativeness and hard work has been recognised in this way.” Awards were presented at a special ceremony held in the Town Hall on Thursday 15th December. The Mayor of Wetherby, Councillor Harrington, said that “it had been a delight to be able to visit all the stunning entries and see the best that Wetherby shops have to offer at this festive time of year.” Nish Kanabar, outgoing Chairman of the Wetherby Business Association, presented the winner’s trophy and a £250 voucher for advertising with Handpicked Local. Welcome to Wetherby was delighted to welcome members of Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District for the presentation of their charity shop window competition prizes. Members of Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District who live in Wetherby and a member of Welcome to Wetherby spent a morning looking at and judging the charity shop windows in Wetherby. The judging criteria were innovation, impact and the spirit of Christmas. The judges were impressed with how some shops had interpreted this. The winner is Oxfam, whose eyecatching windows - a sumptuous dining table from another era and a Night before Christmas caught the judges’ imaginations. Leonard Cheshire Disability’s window was full of the Spirit of Christmas and highly commended by the judges. This year the Soroptimists are delighted to present the Gill Smith Memorial Cup to the winning shop.
Full list of winners: Welcome to Wetherby’s Christmas Shop Window Dressing Competition: Junior Judges’ Award
Winner: Nicolla Florist
Runner Up: Doodlebug
Senior Judges’ Award Winner: Peter Jones
Runner Up: Mirror Mirror
Wetherby Business Association Trophy
Winner: Furnigh & Fettle
Runner Up: Nicolla Florist
Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District’s Wetherby Charity Shop Window Competition
Winner – Oxfam
Highly Commended – Leonard Cheshire Disability