Bloor Homes sponsors Wolston WIs inaugural photography competition


The housebuilder, whose Priory Manor development is located in the village, donated three £25 WH Smith vouchers as prizes for the children’s classes.

The vouchers were presented to the winners by Bloor Homes sales advisor Nicola Bird during a prize-giving ceremony at Brandon and Wolston Village Hall.

The competition attracted scores of entries from local residents, ranging from pictures of household pets and vintage vehicles to village life and stunning scenery.

The photographs were displayed in an exhibition at the village hall, and judging was carried out by professional photographers Paul Rogers and Bob Jesson.

Oliver Boxer, nine, won the open class for four to 10-year-olds, Amelia Rainey, seven, took first place in the ‘My Village’ category for four to 10-year-olds, and Amy Whitmore won the open class for 11 to 16-year-olds.

Oliver was also presented with the special prize of an individual masterclass with judge Paul Rogers, and every child who entered received a packet of sweets, donated by the WI.

In the adult section, John Faries won first prize in both the ‘gates and doorways’ category and the open class, while Jean Morgan came first in the ‘village life’ section.

They were each presented with a cheque for £25, while runners up Sarah Greenway, Barry Pickering and Ruth McCartney each received a bottle of wine, all donated by Wolston WI.

A raffle was also held, with prizes donated by Lordshill Cattery, M.W. Phillips Chemist, Wolston Co-op and The Half Moon.

Sue Cross, President of Wolston WI, said: “We thought a photography competition would be a great way of bringing people of all ages from the village together and we’ve been delighted with the response.

“The quality of the entries was absolutely superb, which made it a very tough job for the judges. I’d like to say a big thank everyone who took part, the committee and the WI members who worked so hard to organise the event, to Bloor Homes for donating the children’s prizes, and to all the businesses who provided raffle prizes. 
“We are planning to make the competition an annual event and hope it will be even bigger and better next year.”

Bloor Homes sales advisor Nicola Bird said: “We are always keen to support the communities close to our developments, so we were delighted to sponsor the WI’s inaugural photography competition.

“It was an absolute pleasure to attend the exhibition and see all the fantastic photographs taken by people from the village, and we wish the WI all the success with the event in the future.”