Christmas competition in Loughton

November 28th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Christmas competition in Loughton

This year the Loughton Town Council has invited all Loughton’s businesses to decorate their shop windows in a Christmas themed design for automatic entry into a special Christmas competition. The more festively dressed windows created, the more enchanting the atmosphere! If you are a Loughton, Chigwell or Woodford residents it is always good to try and shop locally over the Christmas period. 

In the Loughton Christmas Lights competition, there are four different classes: local/independents, multiple/chain stores, charity shops and the new class of Restaurants, Cafes and Public Houses. Theme Entrants may base the window display on any Christmas theme. The Judging Criteria for the window displays will be judged on a range of criteria, including; overall impression/visual impact, creativity/ideas, artistic merit, inventive use of materials and effort. Loughton council say “window displays relying primarily on considerable expenditure to achieve their impact will not be favoured in the judging.” There is no maximum or minimum size for the display.

All dressed windows in Loughton must be in place for 1 December 2019 and judging will be completed by 7 December 2019. Judging will be carried out by a panel consisting of the Town Mayor and two other councillors nominated each year by the Environment & Heritage Committee. The judges this year are the town mayor, Cllr Stella Murphy, accompanied by Cllrs Tessa Cochrane and Judy Jennings.

Not only will it bring lots of cheer to Loughton this Christmas but there are also prizes. The first prize-winner in each class will receive an engraved cup to retain for eleven months (to be awarded again the following year) and a certificate to keep; also a donation of £75 will be made to the charity of their choice by Loughton Town council. Certificates will also be awarded to the runner-up and highly commended entrants in each category. When no award is made in a category, the Town Council reserves the right to re-distribute the award on the judges’ decision to one or more categories and/or entrants. 

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