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Easter in Congleton

Eggs marks the spot on Tuesday 11th April, as Congleton Town Council along with the local traders group will roll out their cracking idea of organising an Easter Treats Day in the town centre, 11am-2pm. The town will be celebrating the Easter holidays and the end of the gas works in town.

There are many egg-citing activities planned for day including; a petting farm from Stockley Farm and stalls set up for Stockley Farmdecorating an egg, planting with the Congleton In Bloom team, milking daisy the cow and a colouring competition (download the colouring competition picture here) and Henna tattoos at Simply Retro. So that people aren’t rushed and have plenty of time to join in the fun, Cheshire East Council has agreed to free parking on the Fairground, Princess Street and Back Park Street car parks from 10am.

Congleton Market is also hatching 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- booking is advised, please contact Laurence on 07739 529 225. The market will also be host to a Shetland pony petting area, run by the Phoenix Children’s Foundation and Dan the Man will be performing. As well as the regular array of market stalls, five stalls are being offered for free to local businesses to promote their goods and services.

The Easter Treats day will see the return of Congleton’s traditional Congl-egg Roll. The roll will be set up in the Town Centre to give 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. Do you think you can beat this distance?Congl-egg 1

For those who haven’t already started the shops Easter Egg Hunt, there will be a chance to collect a hunt form from Eddie the Giant Chicken Egg on the day. The Town Council and traders egg hunt started on April 1st and runs until the 18th. To join in, simply pick up a booklet from the Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall and start the hunt around the shops, finding an Easter surprise and getting the booklet stamped. The hunt includes 28 shops in and around the town. To claim the Easter Treat, the hunters are asked to collect at least 24 stamps out of the 28 shops listed. When completed, return the booklet to the TIC, to swap for an Easter treat!

Many shops will be putting on special offers and treats on Tuesday 11th; Cheshire Lady, Damand and The Crusty Cob will be having sweet treats on the counter, the British Heart Foundation shop will be putting on a tombola, the Hightown Post Office and Shakeeze will both be having raffle prizes to win a chocolatey treat. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is having an online “guess the number of eggs in the jar” competition and WH Smiths will also be putting on some mini games with prizes. S&S Photography will be offering 10% off all wedding photography booked for 2017 and 2018 in April. Bare Health will be putting on a colouring competition, with a prize hamper and also will be offering Easter Treats tasters on the day with discount sepcial offers.

Local school childr207361-001 Egg Hunt 4ppA5en can have double the fun, as an 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 is just for fun with the locations being revealed when the pupils return 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!”

Enjoy Congleton this Easter 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 has organised a town centre Easter service. A Cross will be carried from Trinity Methodist Church in Wagg Street to the space by Carl Christopher on the pedestrian area. Those wishing to walk with the Cross should meet at Trinity Methodist Church at 11.45am. The outdoor service will be at 12 noon.