Eggs marked the spot on Tuesday 11th April, as Congleton Town Council along with the local traders group rolled out their cracking idea of an Easter Treats Day in the town centre, from 11am-2pm. The town celebrated the Easter holidays and the end of the gas works in town.
There were many egg-citing activities planned for day including; a petting farm from Stockley Farm and stalls set up for decorating an egg, planting with the Congleton In Bloom team, milking daisy the cow and a colouring competition. So that people weren’t rushed and had plenty of time to join in the fun, Cheshire East Council agreed to free parking on the Fairground, Princess Street and Back Park Street car parks from 10am.
Congleton Market also hatched plans for the Easter Treats day, including: a chess competition, adjudicated by the North Staffordshire Chess Club with £50 prize for first place, £30 for second and £20 for third. As well as the regular array of market stalls, five stalls were offered for free to local businesses to promote their goods and services.
The Easter Treats day saw the return of Congleton’s traditional Congl-egg Roll. The roll was set up in the Town Centre and gave people a chance to pick their egg and roll it down the tube and onto the carpet to see how far it rolls. Twenty one years ago, when Congleton Community Projects organised a Congl-egg roll, it was won by Mr Bill Turnock who rolled his egg an egg-cellent thirty one feet, five and a half inches. The return of the roll brought a new record- Natalie, aged 9 years from Congleton, rolled her egg an egg-stra long thirty nine feet and ten inches.
On the day there was a chance to collect an Easter Egg hunt form from Eddie the Giant Chicken Egg. The Town Council and traders egg hunt started on April 1st until the 18th. 132 forms were completed in total. The hunt included 28 shops in and around the town. To claim the Easter Treat, the hunters needed to collect at least 24 stamps out of the 28 shops listed.
Many shops put on special offers and treats on, on the day; Cheshire Lady, Damand and The Crusty Cob had sweet treats on their counters, the British Heart Foundation shop put on a tombola, the Hightown Post Office and Shakeeze both had raffle prizes to win a chocolatey treat. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe had an online “guess the number of eggs in the jar” competition and WH Smiths also put on some mini games with prizes. S&S Photography offered 10% off all wedding photography booked for 2017 and 2018 in April. Bare Health put on a colouring competition, with a prize hamper and also offered Easter Treats tasters on the day with discount special offers.
Local school children doubled the fun, as in addition to the shops Easter Egg Hunt, there is also a challenge to spot the ten large decorated eggs made by the schools and placed in the town’s cafes, shops, supermarkets and businesses. This was just for fun with the locations being revealed when the pupils returned to school.
Town Centre Manager Jackie MacArthur said “Easter treats is designed to bring people back into town following the gas works. Originally the gas works permit was until Monday 10th April. We are egg-cited about the activities we are putting on, especially the Congl-egg roll- it’s not as easy as you first think! Monies raised from the mini games will be going towards the 2016/17 Mayors Charities- East Cheshire Hospice. As an egg-tra special treat, on Tuesday 11th April, parking on the Fairground, Princess Street and Back Park Street car parks will be free after 10am. Please make note of the date and be sure to put on your Easter bonnet and come and join in the fun in Congleton!”
The event helped to encourage local people to enjoy Congleton over the Easter period and in the months to come. Local shop owners have a wealth of knowledge about their products and services and will be happy to help you, so remember to shop local!
On Friday 14th April Congleton Churches Together organised a Town Centre Easter Service. A Cross was carried from Trinity Methodist Church in Wagg Street to the space by Carl Christopher in the Pedestrian Area.