Pumpkin parade packs a punch

Press Release: 04/11/2013

Pumpkin parade collage

Over 150 children from Bishop’s Waltham Infant and Junior Schools took part in “Pumpkins on Parade”, an event incorporating a series of activities organised by the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team for Halloween last week.

The children were asked to draw a Halloween pumpkin face onto templates which were distributed at the two local schools. One hundred and fifty-eight children submitted their finished faces and the judges had the very difficult job of choosing 40 winners from those– roughly five in each year group.

All of the pictures were displayed in the windows of 40 shops, cafés restaurants, estate agents and restaurants in the town centre during the half-term week. As the children weren’t told where their picture would be, they had to go on a hunt for it.

The winners of the picture contest were invited to carve their design into a real pumpkin at a session held at the Jubilee Hall. These pumpkins were then also displayed in the participating business windows, and on Halloween itself, they were all illuminated for the evening. The Crown Inn offered free face-painting on the evening of 31st, and over 30 children came along to take part – each getting a treat to take home.

The final part of the event took place on Saturday 2 November at the community firework event organised by Friends of Bishop’s Waltham Junior school. Thirty of the children who had carved a pumpkin came along to take part in a parade of pumpkins. Hampshire Fire Brigade then took on the responsibility for choosing six final winners, each of whom received a prize which had be kindly donated by the Southern Cooperative.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

It was a great community event which succeeded in connecting local people with their high street. Its success was down to a combination of the enthusiastic participation of the children and their parents, the financial support of local businesses, the collaboration of the schools and the organisation and running of the event by the Town Team. Thank you to all who took part!