We had a wonderful response to the decorated egg competition over the Easter weekend – 19 entries in total. It was quite a challenge for the judges to choose a winner, so many excellent entries. The winners were:
Children’s class (the judges decided to have joint winners in this class):
- Ben and Ollie Reading (aged 11 and 10) with their hard-boiled white mice
- Henry Sweatman (aged 5) with his rabbit and carrot design
- Shatsi Biro with her traditional Csángó Easter eggs. These were decorated using a batik technique to create ancient motifs that date from at least the middle ages and have names like spruce branch, rich rose, cockscomb, rabbit’s ear, frog’s bottom and devil’s knee. Traditionally young unmarried girls decorate the eggs and give to boys on Easter Monday after a ritual when the boys say funny short rhymes and shower the girls with a bucketful of fresh water. The tradition is still alive in some villages in Transylvania.
The judges commented how difficult it was to choose between the entries as each one had its own magic. They could see how much love, effort and talent had gone into each egg and passed on their congratulations to all of the beautiful, funny and ingenious creations as well as the deserving winners.
Thanks to Henrietta Lindsay, Heather Catchpole and Helen Stainer for agreeing to be our judges and for allowing the eggs to displayed in St James’ church.
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