Families with young children enjoyed a magical day carving pumpkins and crafting at Ilkley Arts Studio, which was transformed into a Halloween grotto on Saturday 26th October.
The spooky event, organised by Ilkley Manor House Trust volunteers, was the first of its kind and, despite the rain, people turned out to join the fun.
Ilkley Town Councillor Pauline Allon got into the spirit by painting her face and helping children create the Halloween Tree of Dreams.
“It was such a fun afternoon and I was inspired by the dreams the children created and hung on the tree – from becoming a vet or singer to one day owning a pet bat or unicorn! I hope those children go on to fulfil their dreams, although there may be quite a wait for the unicorn!” Cllr Allon commented.
Bringing dreams to life was a theme for the day as Weronika Nowacka, a Manor House volunteer, who hopes one day to work in heritage and the arts, successfully delivered the event.
Supported by trustees who provided mentor support throughout, Weronika said, “I would really love to work in heritage and the arts in future but it is proving difficult to get experience. I’m really grateful to the Trust for giving me the opportunity to bring the event to life and thank them for their support. I definitely have something new to add to my CV.”
Daisy Johnson and Roger Tilbrook, two of the trustees who mentored Weronika, were delighted with how the event went.
Daisy Johnson commented, “At Ilkley Manor House Trust we want to inspire our volunteers to dream big and develop new skills. Weronika demonstrated she has potential and huge amounts of creativity.
Roger Tilbrook extended his thanks to Tony Brigg who decorated the Halloween grotto, “Tony really helped create a haunted atmosphere -his creativity and commitment knows no bounds.”
Catering was supplied by Gerhard’s Pretzels and Quality Yorkshire Pies by Paul Binns Quality Meats, and cakes were donated by Ilkley Kitchen.
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