by Wendy Johnson
VILLAGERS have been waking up to an extra special and thoughtful Easter treat over the Bank Holiday weekend – and it’s all thanks to the children and families from Winwick CE Primary School’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association.
Focusing on the meaning of Easter and new beginnings, the group invited pupils and families across the historic Warrington village to decorate wooden eggs and also encourage people to hang eggs on the Winwick ‘Community Easter Tree’ that stands in the grounds of St Oswald’s Church.
The response has been amazing, said organiser and chair of the school’s PTFA Sarah Browning: “We wanted to focus on the message and meaning of Easter. Eggs signify new life, resurrection and new beginnings so we invited all of our school, their families and the Winwick community to get involved.”
She added: “The school decorated 20 wooden eggs which we displayed around the Easter Tree. Each year group created their own design and the children have signed and personalised them. This idea has taken off really well. The church is at the heart of our community and the Easter Tree we chose is starting to bud. It is a lovely way to bring the community together.”
“In line with Easter and new life, our PTFA sent each school child home with ‘magic’ jellybeans to see what they will grow for Easter. These included pea seeds and sunflower seeds to nurture and eat around the time when national lockdown restrictions are set to lift, It’s all upbeat and something to look forward to.”
The beautiful display will remain for the next two weeks and Sarah is encouraging people to come and hang their own creations. “People are welcome to hang their eggs and to look at the wonderful display,” added Sarah.
Following on from the group’s successful Christmas ‘Winwick to Lapland’ fundraiser that raised over £3k, Sarah said that, although the group’s focus is on raising funds, the Easter initiative was more about bringing the community together in such difficult times and looking forward to brighter things and she promised of more to come.