CHESHIRE CAT: Judy Beal won the General section of the Cobb+Co Museum Hanging Basket Competition with her entry, Alice Falling.
CHESHIRE CAT: Judy Beal won the General section of the Cobb+Co Museum Hanging Basket Competition with her entry, Alice Falling.

Residents get creative at St Vincent's Care Services

ST VINCENT'S Care Services Toowoomba has been a buzz of activity lately, as residents created their entry for the Cobb+Co Museum Hanging Basket Competition, yarn-bombed and prepared goods for the service's October 27 Spring Fair.

Artisans, gardeners, aged care residents, community and school groups created more than 60 baskets as Cobb+Co put its own Alice in Wonderland twist on Carnival of Flowers festivities.

From elaborately crafted designs, to floral and edible creations, participants were vying to be named best in General, Creative Design, and School categories.

While St Vincent's didn't win, diversional therapist Vicki Hurrell said residents had a wonderful time creating their display together.

It was very much a team effort, with Joyce Slatter knitting Alice, Darleen Cox crocheting the outside flowers, Nancy Young 30 leaves and Ken Lovell crafting the paddle pop seat for Alice, while other residents made the pom poms for the centre display.

"These ladies have done knitting, crochet and sewing all their lives - so it's a lifetime skill that they're glad they can still use and help others," Vicki said.

"We've got an ongoing relationship with Cobb+Co as part of our Reminiscing program, so this was something special to give back."

Every second month, Cobb+Co volunteers bring in artefacts and photos on a given theme, such as 'school days', or 'household chores', which enable everyone to talk about their own memories and experiences.

The Spring Fair from 10am-3pm at 227 Spring St, Toowoomba, will include multiple stall holders with items ranging from ceramics to plants, soaps, handmade bags and craft items, including knitted items, teddy bears, dolls and clothing, to second hand furniture.

There will be face-painting for the kids, the RSPCA will visit with animals, and there will be entertainment, a barbecue and drinks for sale, as well as the ubiquitous fair raffle, cent sale and chocolate wheel.

Funds raised go back into St Vincent's Care Services and its programs.

Winners of the Cobb+Co competition were: General - 1st Judy Beal, 2nd LifeFlight Rescue and 3rd Kayley Tatton, while Jo Broderick took out Creative Design, with 2nd Paul Morgan and 3rd Lesley Nichols.


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