25 Nov

Snowman Festival: St Ives Snowmen take to Poetry and Verse


Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious happy by these Snowmen of St Ives

It’s that time again, when the nights draw in and Snowmen have appeared all around our town. This year they are from books, poems and stories of all sorts and there is a snowman trail with a map and some clues for you to follow. You have until 16th December to hand in your Trail Map and stand the chance of winning a fabulous prize.

Early Sighting
At the beginning of November suddenly ‘Juliet’ Snowman appeared on the Bridge balcony, looking for her Romeo.

She has been joined by many more of her friends, including Darth Vader Snowman, Captain Snowman, Vampire Snowman and ‘When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple’ Snowman.

What you have to do – To join in this year’s snowman trail just pick up a map from either Shades of White, La Muse or Janet Church Interiors. Answer as many questions as you can and then return it to one of the 3 shops.

One winner will be drawn from all completed entries to win a fabulous prize!

Dates for your diary

16.12.15 ​‘Best in Snow!’ judging and final date to hand in trail maps.

19.12.15 ​Winners of trail map and ‘Best in Snow!’ to be announced.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

For more details see  www.facebook.com/stivessnowmanfestival