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The King’s Coronation Window competition in Woodbridge was judged on Friday 5th May, just ahead of the Coronation on 6th May 2023.

A wonderful display of creativity and imagination from all the shops that took part!

The judging criteria was based initially on which window held our attention for the longest, then they assessed originality, creativity and sustainability in support of King Charles' environmental values. They looked for unusual ideas that were hand crafted and avoided the use of plastic. Home-made bunting was a plus!

Large window winner – Woodbridge Kitchen Company:

 Woodbridge Kitchen Company

‘We felt drawn in to the many layers of the tableau taking place in the window of the Woodbridge Kitchen Company. Two empty thrones with hand crafted covers; two crowns placed on them as if waiting expectantly, encouraging a feeling of anticipation. The red, white and blue ribbons pouring from the suspended teapots into the waiting tea cups were a clever and unusual concept. The crowns represented the United Kingdom and the beautiful Union Jack in the background would have taken a lot of time and effort to assemble. Finally, the fabric bunting resonated with the criteria of sustainability and the homemade cupcakes looked delicious – a tea fit for a King!’ 

Medium window winner– Windmills Florist:

Windmills Florist

Windmills Florist window

‘We were entranced by the bountiful woodland theme that welcomed us at Windmills Florist; a Green Man peeking out of the foliage on the tree outside, four intricate willow crowns representing the United Kingdom and the detail in the arrangements of flowers reiterated King Charles’ love for the outdoors and his environmental values. There were blue Delphiniums which is the monarch’s favourite flower and bountiful swathes of Lady’s Mantle apparently loved by Queen Camilla. We chose this as our winner in this category because it was well thought out, a tremendous effort was involved and the final result was very pleasing. Well worth a visit! 

Small Window winner– Vintage 49:

Vintage 49

‘We enjoyed the memorabilia and photographs on display in this window. They were interesting and we appreciated the vintage feel. Again, the fabric bunting reiterated the royal value of sustainability so Vintage 49 got our vote.’ 

Special mention was made of Barretts who were the previous winners at Christmas and were able to enter three large very stylish windows and Woodbridge Books for the childrens' display that featured the 'King's Pants' (written by Nicholas Allan) in its bunting, which caught the eye of passing children. The Woodbridge Pharmacy displayed a handmade card with messages. We were also very impressed with the bunting made out of doggy litter bags at the Good Dogg!

Barretts of Woodbridge

Woodbridge Books

Our thanks to Adnams and Choose Woodbridge for donating the fabulous prizes.

Organisers: G&K Estates and Choose Woodbridge