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Gingerbread Town centrepiece of Winter Wonderland at Forres Town Hall


By Garry McCartney

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FACT volunteer Liz Stewart, project officer Lorretta Oliphant and volunteer Rachel Philp are looking forward to the festive event.
FACT volunteer Liz Stewart, project officer Lorretta Oliphant and volunteer Rachel Philp are looking forward to the festive event.

THE COMMUNITY is invited to help build a gingerbread town for a festive event in Forres.

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) is organising 'Winter Wonderland' at the town hall on Saturday, December 4, from 10am-5pm, with an edible model made by attendees as the centrepiece, the result of a contest judged by Maclean's Highland Bakery managing director, Lewis Maclean.

Lewis said: "The Winter Wonderland looks like a fabulous event. Maclean's always like to support events that attract people onto High Street.

"Any time I have done any baking judging in Forres, the standard has always been very high. So I'm hoping to see some great entries with a variety of ideas."

The gingerbread building competition has three age categories (primary, secondary and adult) and three themes (local interest, most festive and wow factor).

Download an entry form via https://forresarea.org/2021/11/11/winter-wonderland-event/ and follow the template.

Gingerbread structures are wanted at the town hall between 10am and 4pm on Friday, December 3. Entries will be judged at around 3.30pm on Saturday, December 4. The winners will be notified at 4pm and prizes awarded for each category at around 4.30pm.

Please use a board no larger than 12x12 inches square (300mm). Don’t forget to include a card stating name and telephone number.

The gingerbread creations will be displayed in the Lesser Hall throughout the day.

There will be a selection of festive stalls to browse featuring jewellery, skincare products, candles, crafts, decorations, textiles, books, gifts and much more.

There will also be refreshments including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, brownies, scones and mince pies.

And cake decorating tutor, Ann Davidson, is presenting an informative demonstration.

FACT project lead, Lorretta Oliphant.
FACT project lead, Lorretta Oliphant.

FACT project officer, Lorretta Oliphant, hopes as many people as possible enjoy the build up to Christmas.

She said: "There will be social engagement and entertainment. Come along for some multi-generational Christmas shopping fun!"



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