Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
Christmas decorations don't have to be streamers or fairy lights. Robert Hall finds that there's plenty of other vivid and colourful items to choose from that will brighten up the festive scene in your household.
Nothing will add more magic to your Christmas celebrations more than indoor Novelty Christmas Lights. These are illuminated by low voltage LEDs or battery powered with low running costs to suit everyone's budget.
There are lluminated silhouettes of traditonal figures such as Santa Claus arriving in a steam train with a wagon full of brightly wrapped presents. These are particularly effective cheerfully lighting up a window on a dark evening.
Other silhouettes feature a Merry Christmas message, a snowman posting letters, and more Santas delivering gifts and, in hat and gloves, sweeping the snow away.
Musical carousels will entrance children, and snow covered scenes, including a lovely wintery Gingerbread House or alpine village look marvellous whether animated or static.
Sparkling silver and gold acrylic pyramids full of warm white LEDs will make an attractive dining table centrepiece or placed on a window sill under a glistening star to welcome visitors.
Decorate the hallway walls or staircase with snowmen, top hatted santas and angels in pink dresses, these are brightly lit by LEDs and come in sets of ten on a string.
Sets of three different sized parcels in various colours, red, blue, green and gold, with silver red or green ribbons and bows will light up the eyes of all the children who see them. Filled with low voltage LEDs, they sparkle and enhance any room.
When the little ones go to bed, a night light is a great idea. You can now surprise your children with an accurately crafted classic mini, available in yellow or red and with a union flag proudly on top. They look great and provide a source of light that makes all the difference at night.
There's really no excuse not to light up your Christmas with any of these quality and quirky products and you can click here to see more Christmas Decorations
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.