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Hallgarth enter spooktacular pumpkin competition

For the past 5 years, Hallgarth Care Home in Durham have taken part in the ‘Pumpkin to Pumpkin’ competition against local entertainer Colin Summer.

The rules are simple. You have to grow your own pumpkin from scratch. The winner is the biggest and best pumpkin. Last year the score was two all, so this year it was all to play for.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, explained: “Our lovely resident Joan Grayson was our pumpkin competitor this year. She tended and cared for our pumpkin from the moment it was planted. Once it was grown, the other residents submitted a number of designs for Joan’s perusal to carve into her beloved pumpkin. After much deliberation Joan went for a mix and match approach, creating a face out of numerous different parts from the designs. On the day of the competition, things went a little pumpkin shaped. Ours wasn’t as round and full bodied as it should have been. It had a pointy bottom and spent most of its life a shade of witchy green as opposed to pumpkin orange.

“On top of that, the thought of chopping the top off, scooping out it’s insides and carving into its face was a little too much for Joan to bear as she didn’t want to hurt the pumpkin she’d cared for from a seed. So instead, Plan B saw us draw the pumpkins face on with felt tip making it as unique as everyone here at Hallgarth.

“Unfortunately, we lost this year’s competition, but plans are already underway for next year.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers a variety of care types including residential care, nursing care, respite care, intermediate care and end of life/palliative care.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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