The Handmade Elephant scoops top prize in borough’s annual Christmas shop front competition

Published: Tuesday, 19 December 2023

Janet Stringer from The Handmade Elephant with Mayor of Oadby & Wigston Councillor Rosemarie Adams

The Handmade Elephant in Wigston has been revealed as the winner of the Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) Christmas Shop Front Competition.

Mayor of Oadby & Wigston, Councillor Rosemarie Adams, visited the shop today to present the team with their trophies. The runners up, Belle Âme Salon and Amrose Flowers also received trophies for the best displays in South Wigston and Oadby respectively.

The annual competition is popular among local businesses, and this year saw 24 entries from across the borough.

Councillor Adams said: “Congratulations to The Handmade Elephant for their wonderful display of handmade festive items, which was obviously the result of a lot of hard work.

“The judging panel had some difficult decisions to make in the face of such strong competition, but The Handmade Elephant along with Belle Âme Salon and Amrose Flowers really stood out among some exceptional entries.

“Thank you to all our entrants for taking part and helping to bring some Christmas spirit to the borough, and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Janet Stringer, owner of The Handmade Elephant, said: “We’re delighted to have been announced as the winners, and very proud of our display and all the work which went into it.

“We hope that local residents and visitors have enjoyed our window, as well as the fantastic efforts from other local shops which helped to deliver some festive cheer to the borough!”

As well as the competition, Christmas has also come to the borough through our new OW Local app offering festive deals to some lucky users.

Twelve people were recently able to take advantage of a free wreath-making workshop from South Wigston’s Fleurvanna’s Flowers, worth £40, which was hosted at the Menphys Hub.

The winner of the app’s launch competition to win a Christmas hamper worth £100 from Wigston Deli has also been revealed as local resident Karen Barnes.

Councillor Adams continued: “If you haven’t downloaded the OW Local app yet I really encourage you to do so.

“There are some fantastic deals to be found from local retailers, and it’s full of information and events helping users to discover some of the many great businesses to be found throughout our borough.”

OW Local was funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).