Retailers go nuts over Shop Window Competition

Retailers go nuts over Shop Window Competition

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The Nutcracker theme for the 2017 Shop Window Competition organised by St Ives in December certainly caught the imagination of local retailers. Nutcracker soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairy tutus in various guises – with a few rats for good measure – were showcased in shop windows around the town. With so much creative firepower on display, Judge Bob Devereux had some tough decisions to make but he awarded the Judge’s Shield to last year’s runners-up, Lilac and Lime in Tregenna Place, for their fairy tale interpretation (see photograph above). Three 2017 runners-up were awarded rosettes: best small window went to Byron Jewellery in the Sloop Craft Market; best interpretation of the Nutcracker theme went to the British Heart Foundation shop on Tregenna Place; and most humourous window went to I Should Coco on Fore Street.

But there was also a chance for the general public to cast their vote at the local post offices or on social media. The unanimous winner of the People’s Trophy for 2017 was John’s Wines and Spirits in Fore Street.

St Ives in December would like to say a big thank you to Bob Devereux for so gallantly judging the competition (aided by Sherry Siefken-Glossop), to the retailers who pulled out all the stops with their window displays and to all of you who tramped the streets to decide your votes for the People’s Trophy.

Families out in force for Town Treasure Hunt

Families out in force for Town Treasure Hunt

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This year’s Town Treasure Hunt was a family affair for locals and visitors. For the Wildings of St Ives walking around town together to spot the hidden Christmas words in shops has become something of a tradition, but this was the first time that they had managed to win a prize. Eleven-year-old Chloe (pictured here with her eight-year-old brother, Jowan)  was the first out of the draw. She will be sharing the Coco Kitchen Family and Friends voucher for a chocolate workshop (worth £60) with the rest of the family.

It was a first-time event for our other winners, who all reported how much they had enjoyed the Treasure Hunt. Second prize of £20 voucher for Fabulous-St Ives was won by eight-year-old Juliet Colclough, who was in competition with her two older sisters, Alex and Milly. Third and fourth prizes of £10 vouchers both went to frequent visitors: twelve-year-old Serena Chalmers from Holsworthy, near Exeter, and Matthew Huckle from Cranfield, Beds. Both were part of family teams and hope to be in St Ives for the 2018 St Ives in December events – dates to be announced soon at www.stivesindecember.co.uk and on our Facebook page.

A big thank you to Coco Kitchen and Fabulous-St Ives for generously donating the prizes, to the shops who took part and to all of you who took the Town Treasure Hunt challenge. Remember, if you didn’t win in 2017, there’ll be another chance this year.

 

Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

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St Ives in December this year has been a phenomenal success, starting with our first-ever Super Saturday (which we hope to repeat next year – check back for more information in the New Year). So we’d like to say Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone who has been involved, whether supporting us or coming along to our events. So many people and businesses did their bit to make Super Saturday truly magical: if you’re not mentioned here, please don’t be offended and do come and join us again next year.

First and foremost, great work by Alex Ward, our sponsorship superstar, and a big thank to those local businesses who put their hands in their pockets to sponsor an event or a bespoke lantern in the Lantern Parade: Cornish Gems, The Coffee Lounge, SITA, Sail Lofts, The Hub, Aspects, Wheal Sara, Carbis Bay Hotel, Harbour Hotel and Carbis Bay Holidays. And to Andrew Mitchell, the Cornwall Councillor for St Ives, for his generous grant from his Community Chest and also to St Ives Town Council for their contribution. But a huge round of applause needs to go to St Ives BID: without their financial backing, we would be unable to promote our events to families throughout the local community.

The gallant sailors of the RNLI did us proud delivering Father Christmas safely onto dry land; we really appreciate the hard work that goes into making this happen. A big thank you to St Ives Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, for her help with the preparations and for welcoming Father Christmas. Thanks to Calvin Ward at Mirror Image for creating an incredible Candyland Grotto; to John and Tricia Meardon for turning windbreak poles into giant lollipops; and also to Ocean Supplies and Colenso for helping out with materials. A big shout-out to Belinda & Eddie at the Castle Inn for the generous donation of Grotto presents – and to its customers for wrapping up pressies while enjoying a pint. A very special thank you to Peter Charnley, Sherry, Angela, Tabitha and Ruth for helping on the day. And, of course, three cheers for Father Christmas and his elves for visiting St Ives.

The Lantern Parade was the biggest and best yet. It would not have happened without the inspiration, sheer determination and many hours of willow bending and tissue-paper pasting put in by Angela Roberts of RAAR Emporium to create new lanterns, working with our business sponsors and aided by a sprinkling of fairy dust, her husband Chris and copious coffee supplied by Lucy in Café Art. Shanty Baba, Leo Pellow, Deputy Mayor Joan Symons and Samba Celtic were heroic at the head of the parade, joined by the dozens of locals who lit up the night with lanterns of all shapes and sizes made at our popular community workshops.

There’s still lots going on around town so have a look at our calendar for details of other St Ives in December happenings. Shanty Baba has lots of great events happening, there’s a New Year’s Eve Craft Market with the grand finale of fancy-dress and fireworks (courtesy of BID) to welcome in 2018 – and, for those brave enough, the Boxing Day Swim on Portminster beach!

There’s still lots going on around town Have a look at our calendar for details of other St Ives in December events to enjoy, with the grand finale of fancy-dress and fireworks (courtesy of BID) on New Year’s Eve.

 

Are you going on the Town Treasure Hunt?

Are you going on the Town Treasure Hunt?

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Join in the Town Treasure Hunt while you’re doing your Christmas shopping and/or need to keep the kids occupied. It’s great fun for all the family – and couldn’t be easier! Some 30 businesses are taking part so simply look out for mysterious cards, proclaiming ‘Mistletoe’, ‘Pantomime’, ‘Snowflake’ and the like, in the shops and small galleries around town.

Just tell us which word is in which shop or gallery. Entry forms can be obtained from all the businesses taking part and also from Café Art and the St Ives Library – so get hunting!

First prize, kindly donated by Coco Kitchen, is a Family & Friends Chocolate Workshop voucher (for 4 people) worth £60; for the runners-up, there are vouchers from Fabulous-St Ives.

Closing date for entries is 2nd January 2018: completed forms should be returned to any of the business taking part, to Café Art or St Ives Library.

Which shop window are you nuts about?

Which shop window are you nuts about?

Christmas Competitions News Presents Shopping

Above: 2015 winner, I should Coco

The Window Display Competition has become one of the most hotly contested events on the St Ives in December calendar with shops and galleries around the town competing for one (or both) of the coveted annual awards. This year’s suggested theme is The Nutcracker – and the tin soldier really came to town! Last Saturday, Bob Devereux – local poet, artist and raconteur – made his decisions about the winner of the Judge’s Shield for Best Overall Window Display and rosettes for: Best Interpretation of the Theme; Most Humorous Window; Best Small Window.

But, there’s still a chance to vote for the People’s Award. Which business do you think has helped add a touch of Christmas magic to the town? There are lots of ways that you can vote for your favourite display:

  • There are voting boxes in both Post Offices – on the Wharf and on Tregenna Hill – where you can cast your vote. The closing date for votes is 12.30pm on Saturday 30th December 2017.
  • Via Twitter/Instagram – take a photo of the window you want to vote for and hashtag it with #SIDwindow2017 and the shop name. (It can only be counted if you have a public account). The closing date for votes is midnight on Sunday 31st December 2017.
  • By posting a picture on our St Ives in December Facebook page comments section with the shop name. One vote per person. The closing date for votes is midnight on Sunday 31st December 2017.

We will be announcing the winners of both the Judge’s and People’s Awards in January.

Foodies loved the Food Trail

Foodies loved the Food Trail

Christmas Competitions Food News Presents Shopping Super Saturday

Super Saturday saw the return of the Food Trail, kindly organised by Helen Tripconi. Those entering the Food Trail didn’t have long to wait for the results after they had eaten their way around town via The Cornish Deli, The Coffee Lounge, Warrens, Oven Door, Coco Kitchen, Delices du Monde, The Cornish Bakery, Cornish Cream, Allotment Deli, I Should Coco, Cornish Candy Shoppe, St Ives Bakery, Raw Choc Pie, Ferrells Bakery, Johns Wine Shop, Digey Deli, Norway Stores.

Thanks to the Rum & Crab Shack for hosting the evening’s festivities and for donating the first prize – a meal at the Rum & Crab Shack – which was luckily won by a local contestant. Burdett Wines generously donated the wines for the second prize, which was a bonus for holidaymaker, Natalie Chalners. If you missed this year’s, look out for the Food Trail 2018!

Join the Lantern Parade

Join the Lantern Parade

Christmas Father Christmas Lantern Parade Music News Shopping Super Saturday

It’s today! It’s Super Saturday! Be part of the magical St Ives Lantern Parade which will wend its way through town at 6pm  starting from Market Square, heading along Fore Street to the Wharf. From there, Father Christmas will lead the Lantern Parade,  accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, through to Royal Square. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers as Father Christmas switches on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.

PLEASE NOTE:

THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES ALONG THE WHARF FROM 2.30 -3.30PM  AND THEN THROUGHOUT TOWN FROM 5.30 -8.00PM.

THERE WILL BE FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK AND ALL THE CORNWALL COUNCIL CAR PARKS IN TOWN.

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

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  • SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER  IS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES with free parking all day for traffic-free shopping, refreshments and entertainment for all the family:
    • Father Christmas will be arriving by boat on the high tide at 3pm with a little help from friends at the RNLI. He’ll be met by the Mayor and led to his Candyland Grotto at  the Salvation Army Centre on the Wharf from 3.30 -5.30pm to  listen to the wishes and dreams of local children. The St Ives Mermaid will also be there and there’s face painting and lots of fun!
    • Get the kids started on our popular Town Treasure Hunt with great fun for all and prizes to be won. Closing date 2 January 2018.
    • Or be dazzled by the entries for our highly competitive Shop Window Competition. Who gets your vote for the People’s Award this year?
    • Love St Ives – learn a little about the story of the town on our fascinating History & Mystery Walk at 12pm.
    • Eat your way round St Ives on our gourmet Food Trail (from 12pm) with great prizes and entertainment in the evening at the Rum & Crab Shack – see our events page for venues.
    • Don’t miss Fair Mo, a traditional Christmas gift  fair at St Ia’s Church (12 -4pm).
    • Drop into the Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre (5-9pm) for Christmas shopping and a preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. 
    • Pop into the Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair at the Guildhall (10am-5pm) with live music and festive food and drink.
    • Be part of the magical St Ives Lantern Parade which will wend its way through town at 6pm  starting from Market Square, heading along Fore Street to the Wharf.
    • From there, Father Christmas will lead the Lantern Parade,  accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, through to Royal Square. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers as Father Christmas switch on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.

MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES!

PLEASE NOTE:

ON SAT 2ND DECEMBER,THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES ALONG THE WHARF FROM 2.30 -3.30PM  AND THEN THROUGHOUT TOWN FROM 5.30 -8.00PM.

THERE WILL BE FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK AND ALL THE CORNWALL COUNCIL CAR PARKS IN TOWN.

He’s on his way!

He’s on his way!

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Father Christmas has already set sail from the North Pole and is on his way to St Ives. The gallant RNLI crew will bring him safely into St Ives harbour at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Make sure you’re on the Wharf to see him greeted by the Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, and escorted to his Candyland Grotto at the Salvation Army Centre to meet up with his friend, the St Ives Mermaid.

He’ll be bringing gifts made in his North Pole workshop – and some of his special Elves too! Father Christmas will be in his Grotto from 3.30-5.30pm. Entry to the Grotto is £3 per child with a special gift from Father Christmas. There’s also face painting while you wait – £2 per child.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in St Ives. Enjoy a family day-out: get festive with the Friends of the Library; decorate a gingerbread house at 54Lemons; eat your way round the Food Trail; join the History Walk; take part in the Town Treasure Hunt; get all your Christmas shopping done in our  amazing local shops or at Fair Mo, Etsy Made Cornwall or the KidzRUs Bazaar (where there’s a sneak preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (oh, yes, there is).  But don’t go home too early as the Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-on will also be taking place from 6-7pm.