In November of last year, Furrows Group invited local schools in Shropshire to take part in a butterfly colouring competition. The competition was open to all pupils in years 4 and 5 at schools in Telford, Shrewsbury and Oswestry.
Inspiration for the colouring competition came from Ford’s television campaign for the All-New Ford Focus, where butterflies fly from all over the country to form the All-New Ford Focus with the strapline ‘The Beauty of Change’. Pupils were given the outline of a butterfly and the rest was up to them. There would be three winners chosen from all the entries, each winning £100 for their school’s library.
Staff at all three Furrows dealerships were really surprised with the number of entries that were received – hundreds!
Jane Coward (Director) and Hayley Jay (Local Business Specialist) had the task of whittling down all the entries to just three, which given the number of entries was no mean feat. The winner selection was carried out at random with the names of the pupils and the school that they attended hidden from view.
Remarkably, all three winning entries came from the same school – The Meadows Primary School in Oswestry! Needless to say, Karen Morris (Headteacher) was delighted when Hayley called her with the fantastic news that pupils from her school had not only won one of the prizes up for grabs, but all three, meaning that the school would receive £300 for their school library.
Hayley Jay and Carl Thomas (Service Manager at Furrows Oswestry) were invited to attend the morning assembly at The Meadows Primary School on Tuesday 8th January to announce the winners and present the cheque for £300.
The winning pupils were: Ellie May Peckover, Anneliese Perry and Max Dean. Hayley Jay had also arranged prizes for each of the winners; a butterfly craft set for Ellie May and Anneliese and a remote-control Ford pick-up truck for Max. All three children were very excited to receive their individual prizes, as this is something that had been kept as a surprise.
Hayley Jay said of the competition, ‘We were absolutely inundated with entries from schools across Shropshire. We really were thrilled that so many schools and pupils wanted to take part. Furrows has been a big part of Shropshire for over 100 years and it really is great to get involved with the local community like this. After speaking with Furrows Chairman, Nic Coward, and a number of members of staff at Furrows we have decided that this is something we would definitely like to run before Christmas 2019, making this a regular event’.