The creative art team at IOE’s Ferntree Gully Adult ‘Community’ site took out the ‘Best In Show’ award for their Christmas tree design at last weekend’s Village Fair. The competition and exhibition, which attracted more than 20 entries was run by the local Uniting Church, and involved individuals and community groups coming up with an innovative Christmas tree design. Each innovative design also had to have the word TREE in its title.

The Community group’s tree was called the ‘IOE Eggtraordinary Tree’. The tree and its decorations were all made from egg cartons and recycled materials. The egg cartons were kindly donated by the local café’s, bakeries, butcher and cake shop. The group made all the arrangements and did all the collecting (and we did borrow a few cartons from Mark Gardner’s stockpile … thanks Kerri ).

Other recyclable materials were donated by Spotlight Bayswater.

I am so proud of the team; Ally, Anthony, James, Siobhan, Kimberley and Gordon for working so hard in such a short amount of time to have the tree design and decorations complete for the exhibition.

The tree will be set up for the month of December in the shop front window at the Community site in Station Street for the local community to enjoy. If you get a chance, drop past and have a look at our winning effort.

Once again, this is just another of our many opportunities to connect into our local community.

by Shelley Stevens