Festive Fundraising Fun

Oakham In Bloom volunteers have had a wonderful week raising money for their year-round projects and would like to thank all who have taken part and contributed to their festive fundraising events.

Fords of Oakham's winning window display

Fords of Oakham’s winning window display

A Christmas Window Display competition was a new special event this year, with almost 30 local businesses taking part. The window displays were judged by Mayor of Oakham, Councillor Jayne Woodcock – first place was Fords of Oakham’s display of toys and treats for all the family, second place went to Langrick & Coe Opticians for their Santa’s Specs display, and third place was awarded to Abigail’s Vintage Bridal with an elegant window display featuring Edwardian wedding dresses.

Competition organiser Pippy Woodley said “I am so proud of all our local shops, the festive windows look amazing and I’d like to thank all who took part in the competition.” The competition raised £260 which is to be split between Oakham In Bloom and Rutland Rotary Club.

In addition to the window displays, Oakham In Bloom created their own seasonal display – a Christmas Tree remembering the WW1 soldiers from Oakham. The tree, decorated with red baubles and featuring the names of every soldier who did not return home, was part of the Congregational Church’s Christmas Tree Festival in aid of WaterAid and was awarded second place.

Pippy, Chris, Marilyn and Jackie at Oakham's Late Night Shopping

Our volunteers host the tombola and raffle at Oakham’s Late Night Shopping event

Late Night Shopping is always a date in Oakham In Bloom’s diary and this year the volunteers returned to the Victoria Hall with their annual tombola and raffle with the John Lewis Mabel the Penguin toy as top prize – won by Mrs Kennedy of Cottesmore. Volunteer Marilyn Morten said “We had a wonderful evening and raised over £350 from the raffle and tombola – we’d like to thank our supporters for the many donations of prizes, and thanks also to those who visited the stall.”

And the fundraising doesn’t stop now… a great gift or treat for yourself this Christmas is a subscription to Oakham In Bloom’s lottery! Just £12 a year gives an entry into the draw with a chance to win £30, £20 or £15 each month. All proceeds from the lottery go towards Oakham In Bloom’s projects. Contact Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120 for further information or look for our leaflet in the Victoria Hall or Oakham Library.

Entrants in the Christmas Window Display Competition were:
Wildwood Kitchen – High Street
Hungry Birds – Burley Road
Shangri-La – Market Street
Everlasting Now – Church Street
Duo Boutique – High Street
Ellique Beauty – South Street
Tonnerre – Catmose Street
GiftBox – Church Street
Age UK – Burley Road/High Street
Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors – Mill Street
Pollen – High Street
Spirit of the Andes – Mill Street
Cancer Research UK – Market Place
Baubles & Bangles – New Street, just off High Street
Pearce & Sons Jeweller – High Street
LOROS – High Street
Langrick & Coe Opticians – High Street
Albar’s Den, The Gift Emporium – High Street
Portess of Oakham Ltd – High Street
Colemans – High Street
Sally Holmes Florist – Melton Road, top of Dean’s Street
Itch Gallery – Mill Street
Clifton’s Tea Room – Mill Street
Altered Images – Mill Street
Fords of Oakham – Church Street
Impact – Market Place/High Street
Furleys – Market Place/High Street
Abigail’s Vintage Bridal – Cold Overton Road
Melton Mowbray Building Society – High Street

Win Mabel the Penguin!

Mabel the Penguin, Pippy, Chris and Marilyn at Gift Box

Mabel the Penguin, Pippy, Chris and Marilyn at GiftBox in Church Street

We are so excited to have a lovely Mabel the Penguin soft toy to be won in our Christmas raffle!

Sold out in all the John Lewis stores, our Mabel the Penguin, donated by Pippy Woodley, could be yours – come along to the Victoria Hall in Oakham at the Late Night Shopping event on Monday 8 December.

As well as our raffle, our volunteers are running a tombola stall with lots of fabulous prizes.

All proceeds will go towards Oakham In Bloom projects.

 

Mabel the Penguin

Sold out in John Lewis shops, you can win Mabel in our Christmas raffle!

Do you have Oakham’s Best Christmas Window Display?

Oakham In Bloom is very excited to announce their first ‘Best Christmas Window Display Competition’ which will be judged by the Mayor of Oakham, Councillor Jayne Woodcock at the town’s Late Night Shopping event on Monday 8 December.

We are asking shops to dress up their windows and enter our competition to keeping Oakham looking great throughout the Christmas period.

Oakham In Bloom Fundraiser, Pippy Woodley, said: “The response from local shops and businesses has been overwhelming so far and has fulfilled our expectations in our endeavour to make Oakham sparkle this Christmas, which we hope will encourage more visitors to Oakham over the Christmas period.”

The winner will receive a beautiful trophy inscribed with their name and held for one year, with two runners-up receiving a commemorative rosette.

A donation of £10 enters your shop or business into the judging and all proceeds will be split equally between Oakham In Bloom projects and the Rotary Club who fund and organise Oakham’s Christmas Tree in the Market Place.

Entry forms are available from Oakham Library, or details can be sent to info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk