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Tune your piano with Wilsons Piano

Tune into Your Piano

Tune into your piano because it is more than a musical instrument. It provides the player with an outlet to be creative, express themselves and escape! We say tune your piano to continue enjoying playing it.

by Sophie Wilson

I’m Sophie and I tune pianos. After playing for many years, completing playing and theory exams I became fascinated with the mechanics of the piano. In fact, so fascinated that I decided to train in tuning them! In 2020 I set up my piano tuning business.

My Training

Steven Droy mentored me. Steven is from the Piano Technology School, one of the only and most respected Piano Technology schools in the UK. It, definitely, cemented my belief in preserving the piano trade. Every small part of a piano has a large part to play in the overall function of this unique instrument. This is why I want to contribute to making your piano the best it can be, for the longest it can be.

While I was studying there, I learned about aural tuning and how to tune by using new state-of-the-art technology. This integrated approach helps to make sure your piano sounds its best. I really can achieve a beautifully sounding piano that pleases both the software and the ears.

My Experience

My experience spans a wide range of ages, makes, and models of piano and I’d love to work on yours.  Pianos should be tuned at least every 6 months to preserve the sound and mechanics. Once you start to neglect your instrument, you’ll hear the detrimental effect when trying to play.

Your Piano

Not only can I tune your piano, I can also carry out light repair work to more invasive work. If it is a full restoration for piano needs, I can put you in touch with the right person. My service area is a 15-20 mile radius around Milton Keynes including surrounding villages. So, if your piano needs tuning, cleaning, servicing or repairs give me a call and I’ll make it look and sound its best!

Get in Touch With Me

To find out more give me a call, check my website or email me.

Phone:  01908 521585 or 07957 812881

Website: Wilson Pianos

Email: wilsonpianos@talktalk.net

 

About Me

I have played the piano for 8 years and I have an incredible passion and love for the instruments and the capabilities they have. I completed grades 1,3,5,6 and 8 in performance in 5 years, and I am currently playing at diploma level.

In addition to performance, I have also achieved grades 1,3, and 5 in music theory. This gives me a great advantage in understanding the technological aspect of piano tuning.

 

 

Garden Centre Half-term activities

Half-term Garden Centre Fun

This half-term, local garden centres are joining in the Hallowe’en fun – we’ve included 3 of the closest garden centres that list activities to do over half term.

1. Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Potterspury Fangtasic Pumpkin Carving

Activity – Carve spooky designs onto a pumpkin and enjoy a creepy cookie and witches brew!

Dates Available – 28 and 29 October

Dress Code – Wear your most frightful fancy dress and take part in a devilishly cool zombie dance-off!

Prizes – There are prizes to be won, they say you’ll be screaming with laughter but we don’t know what the prizes are!

Tickets – £5.99 per child with accompanying adults being free, 2 adults per child.

Book online up to 30 minutes before the event starts. Spaces are limited

Parking – Free, includes disabled parking.

Website Roman Way Garden Centre, Cherry Lane

Address – Cherry Lane, Roman Way, 8 Watling Street, Potterspury, Towcester, NN12 7QN

2. Woburn Emporium

Activities – 3 activities to choose from and a separate charge applies to all.

a) Spooky cooking decorating! Kids decorate a freshly baked cookie, an activity sheet and a spooky smoothie.

Price – Child £4.99, adult £1.50 includes tea/coffee

b) Pumpkin Carving. Children create a pumpkin masterpiece – pumpkin and tool kit provided. Lasts 60 minutes.

Price – Child £4.99, adult free

c) Paint a witches hat tealight holder. Children paint and take home a Witches hat tea light holder. Last 30 minutes.

Price – Child £4.99, adult accompanying, free

Facilities – toilets, cafe, dog friendly

Parking – free

WebsiteWoburn Sands Emporium

Address – Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, MK17 8UF

 

3. Bell Plantation

Activities – 2-hour sessions in Belle’s play barn.

Older children – twisty grain store slide, pull up the carrots, climb through the barn with its nets and obstacles, shoot down the wavy slide, navigate the climbing tower and send the chicken’s eggs rolling down the egg collector.

Little ones – enclosed baby & toddler area with its toad stalls, ride on chickens, ‘logs’ and activity wall.

Soft hay bales for all

Prices – from £3.50 for 1-2-year-olds up to £8.50 for 5+, adults £1tickets are non-refundable or transferrable. Peak prices – weekend, bank holidays and school holiday sessions are  £1 more expensive 1-2-year-olds therefore pay £4.50 and 5+ £8.50  peak prices during half-term. No need to book but may save time.

Opening Times

  • Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 11.30am / 12 – 2pm /2.30-4.30pm.
  • Sundays: 10.00am – 12 noon / 12:15 to 2:15pm / 2.30-4.30pm.
  • Children must be supervised by a responsible adult

Facilities – Café – drinks, snacks and meals, air-conditioned, poultry barn, garden centre

Parking – free

WebsiteBell Plantation

Address – Watling Street, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6GX

Tel – 01327 354 126

activity ideas half term

Activity Ideas Half-term Bucks

These are lovely local places to try. Charges do apply but they are not huge and will go to good causes.

1. Caldecotte Miniature Railway 

Run by The Milton Keynes Model Engineering Society (MKMES). The profits from the charges go towards the railway upkeep. It’s entirely volunteer-run. The younger ones love it and the older ones are quite fascinated in how it works.

Opening Times – 1pm- 5pm, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 & 31 October. 4.30-till late 30 October

Location – Back of the Windmill Pub, Lakeside Grove, Milton Keynes  MK7 8HP

Price – £1 a ride, twice round the track, under 2s free!

WebsiteCaledecotte Minature Railway

2. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – Trick or Treat at The Railway

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October, from 10.30am

Activity – Find the Trick or Treat stations around the site and complete the activity sheet as you go. When you get to the Collection Station shout “TRICK OR TREAT” as loudly as you can to receive your treats!

Prizes – Family Steaming Day tickets for best-dressed costume uploaded Facebook or Instagram.  Photo must be taken on-site during your visit, tag @BucksRailCentre. The winner will be picked and posted the following week.

Note – Booked time slot is arrival time NOT train ride time. Train rides run all day, enjoy whenever you like and as many times as you like.

When? 30th and 31st October.

How much? Adult tickets £15.40 each, child 3-15 £11 each, other pricing options are available.

Tickets – note pre-booked tickets £3 online booking fee applied

 Location Quainton Road Station, Station Rd, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY

WebsiteBucks Railway Centre

3. Stanwick Lakes

25- 31st Oct- Stanwick lakes. Booking is not required

This Hallowe’en, explore the Spooktacular trail. Earn your Witch or Wizard powers by helping The Stanwick Sorceress remember the spell for her magic potion. Use her ‘Book of Spells’ to follow the spooktacular trail and find all of the missing ingredients…but beware, it is Hallowe’en after all!

Activity – the family-fun trail includes spooky Hallowe’en decorations, hidden nature facts, and a look into Stanwick Lakes’ magical history. There are also fun live demonstrations on selected days.

Dressing up is of course encouraged but is optional.

Prices – purchase your ‘Book of Spells’ activity leaflet for £2.75 from The Snack Shack or Visitor Centre Reception.

Prizes – a spooky prize can be won by completing the trail (one prize for each leaflet sold).

Activities – adventure trail, gift shop, cafe, bike trails, adventure playground, assault course. Lots more!

Parking – £3.80 all day but double check when you arrive ANPR cameras so you won’t get away without paying.

Address – Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY

WebsiteStanwick Lakes

For more half-term activity ideas- forests  farms   national trust

 

Half-term Activities Forests and Nature Milton Keynes

Forests and Nature Half-Term Milton Keynes

We love a forest walk or in fact any kind of walk in nature. It’s free although you may have to pay for parking. There are lots of things to see. We always say take a spare pair of shoes and clothes, just in case you find a muddy puddle or two! Here are some of our favourite local places:

1. Halloween Half Term at Forest School

Is it a farm or is it a forest?It’s a bit of both and it is one of our favourite local venues for many reasons. Amazing people run it, it brings benefits to so many and it’s just pure loveliness. It’s tucked away in the middle of Wolverton.

This event is run by one of the Community Interest Companies based there.  The Learning Tree

Book for Halloween half-term fun! (hopefully, places may still be available.
Mondays – all ages (parents attend)
Tuesday to Thursday – half term club for 5-12 years

Activities: Children will have the opportunity to cook a toffee apple over the fire and carve a pumpkin. Spooktacular fun to be had!

Prices – £7 per child, £4.50 for additional siblings and adults free.

Address: The Urb Farm, Windsor Street, Wolverton

2. Salcey Forest

This is a great place to walk, run, bike and even scoot. Although the tree top walk is still closed there is an adventure play ground, trails and a great cafe. It’s all free but you do pay for parking – all day is £6, up to 2 hours £4 and 1 hour £2. Parking wardens do patrol so you won’t get away with forgetting!

Address: Wooton Road, Northamptonshire Sat Nav Postcode: NN7 2HX
Website: Salcey Forest

During October download the Salcey Forest witch on the broom packs and a walk in the woods. Download

3. Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

Nature Day

10am-3pm, 27 October

Over half-term, this is a great activity for the older age groups. Part of the brilliant Parks Trust venues.

Age group – 9-11-year-olds

Activities – Discovering Tracks and Trails, Foraging, Hunting Mini-beasts, Creating Mini-Habitats, Bird Identification

Covid-safe and parents don’t need to stay

Food – Bring your own packed lunch

Cost £20 per person

Website Lindford Lakes

outdoorlearning@theparkstrust.com

4. Howe Park Wood Education Centre Open Days

During the October half-term, discover more about local wildlife.

When – 10.30am – 2.30pm, No need to book, turn up between the times given, Tuesday 26 & Thursday 27 October

Activities – nature packed activities, crafting, nature trail

Café – hot and cold food, drinks

Facilities – Toilet during café opening hours

Take Note – COVID-19 secure guidelines – Please wear face masks indoors and sanitise your hands on entry.

Address MK4 3GG Main entrance, off the H7, opposite the Westcroft Centre

WebsiteHowe Park Wood

Parking – Free & Electric car charging available.

4. Rushmere Country Park – Hallowe’en Woollen Walk

23rd- 31st October   No need to book.

Cost – £3.50 per child

A hallowe’en theme is returning to Woollen Woods to feature spooky knitted woodland creatures native to Bedfordshire. Follow the trail to find the knitted figures. They will be hiding along the Sculpture Trail and make sure you vote for your favourite.

Extras – pick up the Greensand Trust special Halloween Fun trail leaflet from Visitor Services for £3.50 per child which you can complete as you view the trail

Prize – complete the trail to get a small prize at the end.

Vote – the creator of the knitted creature with the most votes will also receive a prize.

Facilities – toilet, disabled access, cafe

Parking – 20 mins free, 20 mins – 1 hour £2, 1-3 hours £4, over 3 hours £6

NOTE – The park will CLOSE at 6pm until the end of October and from 1st November at 5pm as winter opening hours begin.

WebsiteRushmere Park 

Address – Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Heath and Reach, LU7 0EB

 

Other half-term ideas Farms

Farm Activity Half Term Milton Keynes

Activity Farms this Half Term Milton Keynes

Local activity farms are great places to go with the children but for many of them, you may need to book. We have 4 local farms to choose from:

1. Thrift Farm Half Term Pumpkin Hocus Pocus

23 – 31 October

FREE Pumpkin per paying child, while stocks lost

£7.95 per child, wearing your spookiest and most magical fancy dress!

Carve – your Pumpkin in the undercover marquee.

Make a Magic Wand – Use natural twigs, wool and ribbon to craft your wand,

Follow Thrifty’s Pumpkin Trail – Find Thrifty’s lost Halloween pumpkins and claim your sweet treat. say hello to his scarecrow friends

Food 4 Thought Café / Shepherd’s Hut – Tasty Treats & Delicious Coffee, open to non-farm park visitors

Outdoor Play Area, Daily Petting Sessions, Farm Yard Trail, quad bikes, panning for gold and more adorable animals than ever before.

Address

Website: Thrift Farm

 

2. Green Dragon Eco Farm Spooky Family Fun

23-31 October

Prices – Under 2s free, 2-15, 65+ & carer for disabled £10.50, 1- 64 – £11.50

Play – 44 acre site, outside play area, go-karts, bouncy pillows, soft play.

Animals – farm animals, pet corner, wildlife zone and nature trail,

Activities – pumpkin picking, spooky slime making workshop

Barn Café – hot food, drinks, light snacks

Gift Shop

Address: Green Dragon Eco Farm,Claydon Road, Hogshaw
MK18 3LA

Tel: 01296 670444

Email: info@greendragonecofarm.co.uk

Website: Green Dragon Eco Farm

3. Mead Open Farm Pumpkin Spooktacular!

Daily 23-31 October

Every paying child gets a FREE pumpkin with entry

Includes:

Pumpkin Patch  – choose your pumpkin and carve it!

Spooktacular Haunts – undercover Hallowe’en attractions. Scary Tales where you help Little Red Riding Hood find her way to Grandma’s house. Twists and turns at Mr Topper’s Twister. Ghosts and ghouls in the Haunted House.

Fairy Tale Villains Trail – solve riddles to find the lost villains in the Fairy Tale Villains Trail.

Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride – Tractor Ride with lots of little boos especially for toddlers!

Entry online – book General Admission to select dates

Address: Mead Open Farm Stanbridge Road, Billington, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH

Website: Mead Open Farm

4. Rookery Open Farm

No specific Hallowe’en activities are listed but some great activities for the younger ones, all the same.

Adults £7.00, children £6.50, senior citizens £6.50 prices per person. Under 2s free

No dogs except guide dogs.

Some activities may be seasonal but you’ll find

Animals – large pets corner, water-fowl area, pigmy goats, baby calves incubator hatching

Play – miniature tractors, outdoor play area, outdoor and undercover sand pits, go-carts, 

Half-term Opening – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and weekends  10am-5pm, last entry 4pm. Closed Tuesday

Address: Rookery Open Farm, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northants, NN12 7J

Tel: 01604 864855

Website Rookery Open Farm

 Please note: No dogs except assistance dogs allowed on the farm.

Enjoy your local activity farms this half term!

Other Ideas – try the National Trust

Anti-bullying week

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word

This November it is Anti-Bullying Week. The theme ‘One Kind Word’ is designed to encourage kindness.

by Emma Johnson

The Anti-Bullying Alliance co-ordinates anti-bullying week. This year it takes place 15-19 November.

We all know someone who has experienced bullying and most of us recognise how destructive bullying can be.  And yet, somehow it still goes on. Just One Kind Word could make all the difference to the victims. This year, post-pandemic and after the severe isolation we all need to show kindness to others, more than ever.

In 2020, 80% of schools took part in the week long event and it reached 7.5 million children and young people. Following this, the Anti-Bullying Alliance surveyed 400 young people, teachers and parents. The feedback pointed to anti-bullying being about hope, being positive and the kind things we can do to stop hurtful behaviour. From one kind word to saying sorry could be that start we all need to make.

Is your School is Taking Part?

Ask if your school is taking part. Schools can download free teaching resources. Anti-Bullying Alliance patron, CBBC and CBeebies star Andy Day will be right behind the campaign again with his band Andy and the Odd Socks.  They plan to release a fun Odd Socks Day tune to showcase the serious message behind anti-bullying. Odd socks represents our differences and those differences are definitely something to celebrate.

Older children can use #AntiBullying Week on social media.

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Autumn with the National Trust

What’s happening for families this autumn half-term with the National Trust in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

by Katy Dunn

October half-term is upon us and local National Trust properties provide great venues for young children. They are no longer the don’t touch antique houses of years gone by.

There’s a different feel and smell to the air as autumn advances – the tingle of chill in the shade and the golden warmth of slanting sunlight. There’s the smell of woodsmoke and rich earth, sometimes lifted with the tang of apples.

The sounds change too. The rustle and swish of crispy leaves is the soundtrack to an autumn walk, punctuated by the crunch of nutshells and gentle thump of falling chestnuts.

Bring your family to the fabulous National Trust places in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire. We’ll give them creative ways to engage with the delights of the natural world this autumn.

Stowe

Head to Stowe gardens and parkland where you can enjoy leafy autumn walks and stunning scenery. Make the most of Stowe’s accessible paths, tree-lined avenues and quiet lake-side benches. Enjoy a back-to-nature adventure, kick-up a few leaves, collect conkers, watch the wildlife and grab a breath of fresh air. You can finish in the cafe with a delicious bite to eat and drink.

Stowe is open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm

Canons Ashby

As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to turn, join us to explore autumn in the gardens and parkland at Canons Ashby. The apple trail is now over so try the Autumn Owl Trail (from mid-September) when exploring the grounds. Get your young family to spot the harvest mice in the house. Finally, warm up with a hot drink and treat from the tearooms and take off the chill.

Normal admission prices apply.

Opening hours vary, please check the website for more information.

Waddesdon

If you head down Miss Alice’s Drive this half term, you may encounter magical beasts from myths and fairytales in a fantastical safari experience. See if you can spot all the creatures and the rangers who tend them. If you do claim your prize at the end.

The Cryptid Safari Halloween trail runs Saturday, 23 – Sunday, 31 October. £3.50 per trail.

In the evenings, the Cryptid Safari Trail comes alive! As darkness falls, you’ll discover the mighty dragon, trolls climbing trees and faerie folk flying high. The performance continues after the trail in the Stables courtyard.

The Stables takeaway will be open for food from 6-9.30pm.

The Cryptid Safari is performed by Strange-Twig Theatre Company.

Wednesday, 27-Saturday, 30 October, 6pm 7pm and 8pm. £15 adult, £10 child.

Waddesdon is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am-5pm

Cliveden

Cliveden has designed family fun trails to help you explore new corners of Cliveden this autumn. Visitors tall and small are invited to engage all their senses whilst discovering the delights of the Round Garden. Hunt for minibeasts and learning something new about our tremendous trees and lovely leaves.

Creepy Creatures 18 – 31 October

Wild Wonders 1 – 15 November

Cliveden is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm

Hughenden

Explore the hidden world of fungi at Hughenden. Carved giant mushrooms are dotted around the estate. They’re dressed in autumn colours and fungi-themed decorations. We’ll also be showcasing the best of the harvest with our autumn produce from the walled garden. There’ll be squash, gourds and pumpkins, apples, pears and medlars on display.

Visit the darker, wilder areas of the gardens with our children’s trail. You’ll discover fascinating facts and put the fun into fun-gi!

Trail runs from 16 October – 7 November. £1 activity sheet available from the kiosk. Suitable for ages 5-8 years.

Our mushroom spotter sheet, designed for adults, follows the path of our short waymarked Woodcock Wood walk. It is a prime place for autumn colour and with a rich humus woodland floor, ideal conditions for a fungi safari. Free to pick up from the kiosk from 1-31 October.

Our woodland play area, alongside the apple orchard, is a wild play space to help children to connect with nature. Carved from giant fallen trees it features rope walkways, wooden stepping stones and hideaways to climb over and explore.

Throughout autumn, you can discover the wide variety of apples in the orchard and walled garden. You can even take home a bag of apples to enjoy at home. Since September, different varieties have ripened and can be experienced up until November.

Hughenden is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm

More ideas:

If you’d like to explore even more that is on offer at the National Trust click below

National Trust Days Out

Image showing allergens - Natasha's Law

Protecting Allergy Sufferers – Natasha’s Law

Natasha’s Law comes into effect this October. The law will hopefully mean that allergy sufferers can now confidently and safely eat the foods they have bought.

by Emma Johnson

Approximately 2 million people in the UK suffer from a food allergy, even more have a food intolerance. Between 1998 and 2018, doctors admitted 101,891 people into hospital for anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Improved medical intervention and understanding of allergies and treatment methods has reduced loss of life, hospital admissions continue to rise.

It is so important that we all start to get a better understanding of food allergies and intolerance.

Natasha’s Law

Improvements in the law around food labelling, known as Natasha’s Law (UK Food Information Amendment) have finally taken place this October. The new law requires all food producers to provide a full list of ingredients on all prepackaged foods. In addition, they must highlight allergenic ingredients in bold, italics or other colours.

The government is introducing the new law as a result of the actions of a lobbying group, led by Natasha Ednan-Laperouse’s parents. Sadly for them, it took the death of their beloved daughter to realise just how serious the flaws in the existing labelling laws were. Natasha was just 15 and preparing for a family holiday when the food she believed to be safe took her life.

She simply bought and ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette from Pret-a-Manger at Heathrow Airport. Because she had checked the ingredients, she believed she could trust it. As she sat on the plane, she had a serious allergic reaction. Sesame seeds caused that allergic reaction but incredibly the producer had not listed them on the ingredients. They are a known allergen risk.

Despite efforts by her father, administering two Epi-pens, she had several cardiac arrests before losing her life at a French hospital. The corona stated that had Natasha seen the full list of ingredients contained within the baguette she would not have eaten it. A food labelling loop hole meant they did not have to be fully displayed. From now on all food businesses will be required to provide a full list of ingredients and allergen labelling.

 Allergy UK’s Top 14 Food Allergens:
  1. Plants – Celery, soya
  2. Cereals containing gluten
  3. Seafood – Crustaceans, molluscs, fish
  4. Diary – Eggs; Milk
  5. Nuts and Seeds – Lupin; Mustard; Tree Nuts; Peanuts; Sesame seeds;
  6. Additives – Sulphur dioxide (sometimes known as sulphites)
Look for the Symptoms

Reactions to food often take place within minutes of eating the allergen but can be delayed by a couple of hours. Classic symptoms include:

Gut reactionsAbdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea

Skin reactions:Itching and swelling (rash or nettle rash)

Respiratory reactions:Runny nose, sneezing, wheeze, cough

Other Considerations

Schools

Allergy UK estimate that one in every thirteen children (about 2 per classroom) have an allergy diagnosis. Schools must c comply with all the laws around food, however, issues often arise from foods being brought into schools by other children.

Allergy UK do not necessarily advocate complete food bans and it is almost impossible to remove all risks in schools. It is essential that school leaders raise awareness about the risks amongst teachers, parents and children.

We should not assume that all allergies are the same or that every reaction will require hospitalisation. Children diagnosed as coeliac can be left in excruciating pain for months after coming into contact with gluten.

If you have a child with an allergy:

  • Book an appointment with the head teacher / class teacher
  • Provide detailed written information about your child’s allergy
  • Ensure that the school trains all staff who supervise your child to be aware of warning signs
  • Give a clear written management plan
  • Discuss possible risk areas
  • Provide in date allergy medication with clear instructions for use.
  • Ensure the school locks it away and regularly checks the dates

If you have any concerns refer to the schools complaints policy.

Local Businesses Selling Food to The Public

Before selling their produce, all food sellers must register with their local authority. And, of course, most make a real effort to ensure they have food safety measures in place – think good hygiene and prevention of cross-contamination. In fact, you are probably very conscious of the potential bacteria found within raw foods. You are even likely check how vendors store their food before buying it. Possibly, you will also consider how hygienic a premises and the staff look before buying. Indeed, the most safety conscious of us will refuse the free sample, despite all the safety measures.

Local Suppliers are Not Exempt from Labelling

Hopefully, Natasha’s law will now make both food sellers and the public more aware of the ingredients within the food. Sellers of all pre-packaged direct sales foods (PPDS), whether sold within a fixed premises or a market stall, must label it. No matter how big or small a business, you are required to include:

  • Name the food
  • All ingredients
  • Emphasise allergenic ingredients in bold, italics, alternative colours or underlining.
  • Indicate additives
  • Quantitative Ingredients Declaration (QUID)

If businesses sell pre-packaged products which they have not manufactured then they must comply with full labelling requirements.

Useful Information

Find out more about allergies:

Allergy UK

Natasha’s Law

Coeliac UK

Government Advice for Business

Essentially Local Christmas Drawing Competition 2021

Shout-out – Christmas Drawing Competition 2021

It’s our annual shout-out to Young Artists for the Christmas Drawing Competition. Get your entry to the Stony Sweet Shop by 12 noon on 9 October 2021.

by Emma Johnson

If your child loves Christmas as much as they love draw and colour, then this is the competition for them.  Our Annual Christmas Drawing Competition is open and waiting to see their gorgeous Christmas pictures.

What do you Need to Do?

  1. Use brightly coloured felt pens or paint
  2. Take an A4 sheet of paper
  3. Let your imagination run away with you
  4. Create your picture
  5. Take your finished picture to the Stony Sweet Shop, Stony Stratford

What do we Do?

  1. We take your pictures in. Once we’ve got all the pictures, we then ask a group of lovely people to judge. They choose the ones they think should be featured on the front of the Essentially Local magazine.
  2. We scan every picture for our advent countdown on social media. This means that every day from 1-25 December 2021, you will be able to look at our FB and Instagram accounts for the pictures. At some time during this advent your lovely picture to appear. Of course, we love nothing better than writing a few words to let you know what we think of your picture.
  3. After this, we mount every picture on some lovely coloured card, print out your name and then put the pictures into an exhibition. Normally, we hold the exhibition in the Stony Stratford Library. This year might be a little different. The library is being transformed – read more here and it might not be ready in time! I promise, we are all keeping our fingers crossed.
  4. A little extra. This year we plan to create a video of all the pictures on our YouTube channel for an extra little memory. You’ll also be able to share this with friends and family who are far away.

A Couple of Little Things to Remember

  1. We don’t accept computer drawings
  2. All pictures must be original and hand-drawn
  3. Please don’t use glitter and high-lighter pens don’t show up
  4. Put the picture in an envelope and don’t bend it
  5. Take care with your entry. We are not responsible for any entry that is lost, delayed, misplaced or incomplete or cannot be delivered for any reason. Proof of delivery of entry is not proof of receipt.

Who can enter?

If you between 4-12 years of age, send in your entry to the competition. If you are older or younger, we’d love to see your picture. It might not be entered into the competition but we’d love to include it in our exhibition.

Parents and Carers

Dear parents and carers please make sure you include your details, a contact number and email address with the entry for the drawing competition. This is the way we’ll get in touch to let you know all about the winners, the exhibition and anything else.

We won’t bombard you with any advertising material – that’s not what this is all about!

We’ll keep your information for as long as the competition runs and make sure you confirm you are happy for us to use your information like this.

We don’t normally return pictures but you are welcome to go and collect your child’s picture at the end of the exhibition.

For details about the Stony Sweet Shop 

Telephone:  01908 262728

Address: Stratford Arcade, 75 High St, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1AY