Axminster festive window competition winner announced

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 December 2017

On behalf of  Light Up Axminster chair, Cindy Furse, Graham Barton  and Shane Morgan, chairman of the Axminster Chamber of Commerce, handed over the cheque to Pippa Galvin from Little Bits of Lovely and the West Country Higgler,

On behalf of Light Up Axminster chair, Cindy Furse, Graham Barton and Shane Morgan, chairman of the Axminster Chamber of Commerce, handed over the cheque to Pippa Galvin from Little Bits of Lovely and the West Country Higgler,

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The winner of the Best Dressed Christmas Window in 2017 Competition in Axminster was Little Bits of Lovely and the Westcountry Higgler.

Little Bits of Lovely and the West Country Higgler - winner of the festive window competition in Axminster. Picture: ContributedLittle Bits of Lovely and the West Country Higgler - winner of the festive window competition in Axminster. Picture: Contributed

Organised by Light Up Axminster and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the competition winners, Laurence Norman and Pippa Galvin were given a cheque for £500 during the Festive Friday event.

A spokesman for Light Up Axminster said: “Many of the commercial entities in the town have gone the extra mile this year (more than possibly in any other year ever) not only due to the palpable sense of community spirit that has enveloped Axminster but also due to the Best Dressed Christmas Window in 2017 Competition.

“The standard has been exceptional with every street showing signs of the Christmas spirit on a scale and of a quality that no-one can remember being better and more joyous at any point in the past. But there could only be one winner of the £500 cheque from the Chamber and it fell to the Axminster Rotary Club to make the incredibly tough decision.”

He said that after several circuits of the town and much to-ing and fro-ing, it was decided that the title of the Best Dressed Christmas Window in Axminster for 2017 belonged to the display put on for all to enjoy by Laurence Norman and Pippa Galvin of ‘Little Bits of Lovely and the Westcountry Higgler’ in South Street.

He said: “The Judges were at pains to say how tough it had been to split the winner particularly from the special mentions of Axminster Taxis, Acorn Gifts, Bennett and Rogers, Exeter Leukaemia Foundation, Friends of Arc, Tudor Cottage, Punch and Judy Bakery and Trinity House.”

But he also said that even compiling the special list had been no tricky due to the amazing endeavours of the other entrants, Artemis House, Axminster Music, Axminster Printing, Beviss and Beckingsale, Brainwave, Charity Toggs, Cloud Nine, Complete Meats, Co-Op South Street, Dreads Audio Workshop, Half, Hospiscare, Ganesha, Glynis George Interiors, Labels for Less, Le Pisani, McColl’s, Macsorsons, Melanie Browns, Morgan York, Morton’s Pharmacy, Reflections Hair and Beauty, River Cottage Canteen, RSPCA, Scott Rowe Solicitors, Symonds and Sampson, The Barbershop, The Local Arts and Crafts Shop, The Nail Studio, The Sweet Shop, The Wardrobe and Wagg N Purr.

He also praised those who had not entered the competition.

He said: “That’s not to forget the other folk of a less competitive but nevertheless festive nature who dressed their windows without entering the competition making sure that there were fantastic signs of Christmas around absolutely every corner in town.

“There are plans already bubbling for 2018 from those keen to knock Laurence and Pippa off the top spot and Light Up Axminster, the Axminster Rotary Club and, of course, the most generous Axminster Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to another extremely close contest next year that will again bring huge smiles to the faces of shoppers and visitors, young and old alike.


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