We were delighted to support our customers at Hildesheim Close in Weston-Super-Mare to celebrate Halloween through a socially distanced community pumpkin carving competition, which took place on Friday 30 October.
We provided funding for award certificates and prizes for the top three highest scoring pumpkins. We also helped to purchase pumpkins for the close, ensuring that all families could take part.
Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, James Clayton attended the event as a judge and helped with the Covid secure prizegiving, along with his fellow judges LiveWest Area Housing Manager, Kathryn Perks and LiveWest Housing Officer, Steve Britton.
The event brought the neighbourhood together and the time of the competition was even chosen so that their local Police Community Support Officers could see the entries.
Customers helped to decorate the close the night before to add to the Halloween theme and pumpkins were placed at the end of each path so the judges could safely score the competition entries.
All who participated received a competition award certificate. The first prize winner won a TOMY Pop Up Pirate game, second place won a Horrible Histories jigsaw puzzle and third place received a colouring book and pens.
Shona Stone, LiveWest Community Connector who arranged funding and supported customers with arrangements for this event said: ‘It has been great to see this community coming together for such a positive and fun event, especially at a time when it has really been needed. This neighbourhood has been very resilient, and it has been brilliant to invest in this community and work with them to make this event possible.’’