St Mary’s Village Carnival School Float Winner 2015

We’re thrilled to report that the Totternhoe Lower School float entry for the 2015 St. Mary’s Village Carnival Procession has won first place in the school category.

The children, staff and Parent’s Association truly outdid themselves this year with a superb float themed around ‘The Little Mermaid.’  The children had a great time dressing up with some excellent costumes on display.

With an astonishing level of detail the float received many complimentary remarks from those lining the route of the procession through Eaton Bray to Edlesborough.  A superb model of Ursula complete with tentacles loomed menacingly over beautiful coral reefs with King Triton standing guard and mermaids sitting in shells.  Everywhere you looked there was a feast for the eyes with no detail overlooked.

At the Cottage Garden we were again honoured to be involved, providing materials and work space for the Parent’s Association to meet, plan and work on their contribution.  There will be another chance to see the superb float at the Leighton Buzzard Carnival on Saturday 11 July 2015

Huge congratulations to all involved and a very well done for all your hard work. Here are some pictures from the day along with a short video.

Totternhoe Lower School Christmas Fair 29th November

Totternhoe Lower School will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on the 29th of November.  Why not pop down to this lovely village school just a couple of minutes outside Dunstable and join in the fun.  The event is always well attended and there are stalls, fun and activities for both parents and children alike.

For the children fun such as face painting, arts and crafts, a Rudolph game and adopt an animal.  There will also be a raffle, tombola and of course refreshments.  We will also be there selling a selection of our Christmas gifts and decorations.  For full details please see the flyer below.

Totternhoe Lower School Christmas Fair

St Mary’s Village Carnival 2014 – Winners Best School Float!

We are so excited to have again been associated with Totternhoe Lower School’s winning float entered in this year’s procession at the St Mary’s Village Carnival.  We were again happy to provide space and materials at the shop for the Parents Association to put together all the beautiful and creative work they had made with the children.

This year’s float was based on the Wizard of Oz and featured some fantastic artwork including a wonderful rainbow made up of the pupils’ hand prints, a superb Tin Man and a fantastic Scarecrow.  There was the Emerald City, Dorothy’s House, a twister and lots of other beautiful artwork. The children really got in to the spirit of the occasion and dressed up in some excellent costumes.  A huge well done to all those who took part, their hard work was rightly rewarded and we’re so happy for the children and parents.

Here are some pictures of the float with the parents and children preparing for the procession.  The float can also be seen at the Leighton Buzzard carnival on the 12th July.

(Update 12th July, We’re pleased to announce that Totternhoe School float won second place at the Leighton Buzzard Carnival!)

(Update 22nd July, More photographs and video added.)

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Tin Men, Carnivals, Weddings And Funerals At The Cottage Garden

It’s all go at the shop at the moment.  We’ve been busy sending out some truly beautiful flowers for weddings, funerals and every day occasions.  We also have some interesting visitors at the shop at the moment…  (See the gallery below.)

The time has come for the St Mary’s Village Carnival on Edlesborough Green (5th July) and we have again offered the shop as the base of operations for the Totternhoe Lower School Parents Association (PA) to put together and store some of the props for this year’s float.  With the children creating pieces at the school the PA have also worked evenings at the shop to make this year’s entry extra special.

This year’s theme for the float is The Wizard of Oz and the PA have so far created some extraordinary models, including two characters from the story,  the Tin Man and the Scarecrow.  Created and built at the shop with materials mostly supplied by ourselves the models have been keeping a beady eye on and have garnered many complimentary remarks from our customers.

If you’re visiting the carnival keep an eye out for the Totternhoe Lower School Float as it’s shaping up to be a cracker.