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Bury St Edmunds arts group Crafty Foxes wants to hear your positive memories of lockdown for Christmas tree stars project




What were your positive memories of lockdown?

Bury St Edmunds arts group Crafty Foxes wants to hear about the good things that happened to you during the first nationwide shutdown.

A selection of memories from Bury Free Press readers will appear on ceramic stars which will adorn a large Christmas tree outside the town’s Theatre Royal as part of the huge project.

It has already been asking children, ‘the stars of 2020’, to think about all the good things that happened to them during the coronavirus lockdown.

Bury Free Press readers are being asked to recall their positive lockdown memories to appear on stars, which will then adorn the large Christmas tree outside Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Pictured: Michelle Freeman, of the Crafty Foxes, with Molly Howell and Maisy Freeman. Picture by Mecha Morton
Bury Free Press readers are being asked to recall their positive lockdown memories to appear on stars, which will then adorn the large Christmas tree outside Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Pictured: Michelle Freeman, of the Crafty Foxes, with Molly Howell and Maisy Freeman. Picture by Mecha Morton

Pupils at three schools - St Edmunds Catholic, Guildhall Feoffment and Tollgate - have been brainstorming with responses ranging from ‘learnt to lace a shoelace’, ‘got lost in the woods!’ and ‘time with my family’.

Their thoughts will also be printed on to more than 200 ceramic stars which will be hung from Bury’s Christmas trees in time for the St Edmund’s Day lights switch-on on Thursday, November 20.

There will be also be a banner in front of each tree explaining the project and the banner will feature all the words the children used inside large 2020 numbers.

One of the ceramic stars. Picture by Mecha Morton
One of the ceramic stars. Picture by Mecha Morton

Michelle Freeman, of Crafty Foxes, said: “Although it’s clearly been tough, there have been some really great things to happen to families.

“A lot of children spoke of things they had learnt like riding a bike, or tying up shoe laces, or baking, as well as many talking of spending time with the family and relaxing so it’s not all doom and gloom.”

The project has been funded by various councillors as well as contributions from Our Bury St Edmunds and The Bury Society.

Cllr Jo Rayner said: “It’s just nice to have something positive to focus on. It’s been such a difficult year.”

Complete your details on the above
Complete your details on the above

Crafty Foxes is looking for lockdown memories from 50 Bury Free Press readers for the Theatre Royal Christmas tree.

To take part, write on the star above your positive memory of lockdown.

It should be no more than 25 characters long.

Complete your details and post or hand deliver the form to Crafty Foxes, 47D Queen’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3DT.

Alternatively, you can forward your entry via email to thecraftyfoxes@hotmail.co.uk

The deadline for entries is Friday, November 13, at midnight.

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