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Picta Ornaments

More dynamic duo superheroes

Garden ornaments take a humorous slant!

Eagerly-awaited updates to a traders range of garden ornaments ūüôā

Q. When is a gnome not a gnome, Wallace?

A. Why, when it’s a Gromit of course!

You’re never alone with a gnome

Gnome alone?

Home a gnome!

As far as  is known, there are no known home grown home alone garden gnomes in Knowsley


As featured in the film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – the super villain vs. the superheroes.

Now please eat your delightful greens – before he does!

Also seen


Can anyone from the younger generation tell the Editor who or what this character is?


Picta Ornaments, Bilton Tel: 01482 813812

Please mention!


Providing support for other traders taking a well-earned summer break!

New traders present today: Holmestead’s

Holmestead Garden Furniture & Crate Company

Holmestead’s website


Garden Decoration

Garden Animals in Earthenware

These are made by a special molding process which we will return to in coming weeks when we get more information from the business

A duck the editor purchased today sitting proudly on our fireside hearth (right)

A joke for the children:

(Newcomer): Quack quack!

Q. (Inuit) Are you a goose?

A. No (crossly), I’m a hearth-duck!


(Sorry, Editor ūüôā )


John Ford’s Summer Sale

John Ford Summer Sale

Spot the postman on his round ..


Roadworks for New Broadband

Roadworks for laying broadband in Cottingham Centre

All our retailers have had to cope with roadworks whilst broadband is installed

And again!

People need to keep services running through disruptions ..  contact McNicholas Construction Team on 0845 200 0214 working on behalf of CityFibre or via Email:


Street Corner: Oakwood Canine Services: Canine Campaign

Canine Ambassadors


With Tribute to Blondes of Cottingham Campaign ..

There’s more to Blondes than meets the eye ..

locally-run coffee shop and ice-cream parlour offering a wide variety of exclusive and ethically-sourced food and beverages

Blondes of Cottingham Рhaving empathy for canines too (bottom centre)

Bishop Burton College Lambing Sunday

Getting back in touch with the countryside

Lambing is something that marks the seasons and definitely worth taking young ones to have a look!

Bishop Burton Agricultural College are having an open day!



Finding and decorating your Christmas tree locally is easier than you think!

Hallgate Shops

Hallgate Landscape’s yard¬†is also accessible from Hallgate!

A festive tree should be for life, not just for Christmas!

With Christmas almost upon us, many intend buying a real live Christmas Tree. No need to raid the nearby forests and chop down your own native version as some American Christmas movies might have encouraged you to do!

Trends have changed: living trees are sold here with potted roots in soil now that can be re-planted in the garden in January. No need to buy one without sterilized roots!

Perhaps it’s time to consider scrapping that old fold-away artificial tree? It may have¬†served your family¬†well for many years, having¬†been handed-down from your parents who lived above a shop in a flat!


Bringing the tree indoors for December causes it to go into shock, as so far it has spent all its life outdoors exposed to the elements.

Some tips: Locate your tree away from radiators and naked flames and keep the roots moist in the pot by watering daily especially whilst indoors. This will be safer especially if the mast is anchored to a wall by a string and nail, reduce needle loss and improve its longevity and chances of recovery.

Located in the Co-op car park, Hallgate Landscapes sell a variety of shrubs, trees, plants, gravel, bedding and other gardening and landscaping materials from their yard.

Look-alikes: very yew or non-yew?

No need to ‘hedge’ your bets:¬†a young yew can pass as a Christmas tree and it will grow into a common-or-garden hedge if re-potted and planted in your garden!

It may also come as a surprise that Christmas trees are available in a variety of species! Some can be left outside in the garden.

Deciding how to decorate your new tree

Nextdoor to Hallgate Landscapes, there is a poundshop!


Inexpensive fairy lights are much safer nowadays and they can be bought in large sets that are low voltage LEDs and some¬†run equally well inside or outside from low-voltage transformers. Although well regulated in today’s global economy,¬†check for¬†EU and or BSI health and safety Kite Marks. Larger sets of lights and other tree decorations¬†are available from Kemps in Cottingham.

Note of Caution

Traditionally, a frequent cause of domestic accidents has come from decorating Christmas trees, so it makes sense not to get a tree that is too large and deep to reach when decorating from a step ladder or to work without a partner or safety harness, including when working putting up lights on the outside of the home.



Cottingham Stoves to warm you hearty shoppers


Warm your cockles up a bit and to get into the spirit of festivities: Cottingham Stoves opened in Hallgate last week in time for the Cottingham Lights!

Given today’s ever-rising energy costs, wood-burning stoves are now becoming a popular choice for home heating locally with lots of mature trees requiring pruning.¬†We will return to local tree surgeons and preparing and storing your own harvested wood¬†in a later addition.

Cottingham Stoves

Cottingham Stoves

Although there will not be an official switch-on this year, the Cottingham Lights were also being put up by local traders this weekend.