At Snugburys we love being creative and a little bit different!
For over 10 years, with the help of our great friend and talent Mike Harper Director of Harbook Engineering, we have been building amazing straw sculptures in our field which sits along side the A51 Chester Road.
What does this have to do with ice cream?? Well, not a lot, we just enjoy making them and love how much pleasure other people get from them!! Having said that, each year we have great fun making ice cream cones which look like our sculptures. These in turn help to raise money for a select charity.
DALICK - WHO'S FOR ICE CREAM?
WHO’s seen this years straw feature?
At the beginning of the year we were inundated with suggestions for this year's Straw Feature. By far the most popular suggestion was a feature to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dr Who!
After a few discussions back in April between the Sadler’s (Snugburys Family) and Mike Harper from Harbrook Engineering we all decided a 35ft Dalek made from straw would look pretty cool!
The Dalek is now towering over our famous field and can be seen from the Nantwich - Chester A51 Road.
We believe it took around 700 man-hours to fabricate the steel frame, pack the straw and for the first time ever introduce moving parts and audio.
The feature is made from approximately 6 tons of straw and 5 tons of steel.
For the summer we created a ‘DaLICK’ ice cream cone, which along with other donations helped raise over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK!
In pursuit of great ice cream . . .
Our 2012 Straw Feature was designed to represent British Olympians. In particular Great British Cycling Olympians - many of whom are based near Snugburys in the North West of England.
The plans started in early March 2012 and involved a trip to the Manchester Velodrome to do our research.
FACTS - The full sculpture weighed in at an impressive 7 tons and was around 35 foot with the bike alone being 8ft high. It took 3 men 3 weeks to fabricate the steel and 4 people 2 weeks to stuff the straw. The ‘straw curve’ was designed to represent the velodrome and the measurements for the straw man were taken from cyclist Chris Moulson who trains at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
PEOPLE TO THANK - Mike Harper’s incredible talent, the Harbrook Engineering team and the Snugburys Ice Cream straw stuffing team.
SNUGBRUYS CHOSEN CHARITY 2012- we decided it would be fitting to support a group of local amateur cyclists.
A percentage of sales from our "OlympLICK Cones" raised over £2,500 for the cyclists and their charities - The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and local hospices, Douglas Macmillan and St Luke’s.
Snugburys Polar Bear 2011
In 2011 Cheshire was home to one very cool straw Polar Bear!
Standing 38ft tall and weighing in at an impressive 9 tonnes, it took 3 tonnes of straw and over a month to complete
Our Meerkat was thirty six feet tall, that’s 30 times bigger than his African cousins! He really did have his own personality as he proudly surveyed the Cheshire planes over summer 2010.
Snugburys meerkat supported the Railway Children and over 2010/11 raised £2,880.
Big Ben 2009
Big Ben was a BIG success...
Our 2009 straw feature was built in celebration of the Westminster Clock Tower’s 150th birthday. Snugburys fully working and luminous clock helped to mark this fantastic anniversary. The Straw Big Ben even bumped its name sake out of the lime light - featuring on ITV’s news at 10! It was also seen on BBC, CNN news and many newspapers including the Daily Mail, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Sun, Express and Hello magazine. We also heard reports of sightings in Australia, China and South Africa!
DISH OF THE DAY 2007
As 2007 was the 10 anniversary of our straw sculptures we held a competition to find inspiration for our creation. Our competition winner came up with this great idea – Dish of the day. Inspired by fifty years since the dawn of the space age and the construction of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank!
The Dish itself weighed in at over 6 tonnes and had a 32 foot diameter. The overall sculpture was forty five feet in height.
See 'Dish of the Day' feature in the Telegraph Newspaper...
See the winner in the Chronicle Newspaper feature here...
Snugburys 'Dish of the day' supported the Kids Company charity
THE SNUGNIK ROCKET 2006
Don't go Russian past.
Millenium Wheel 2005
Our steel and straw Millenium Wheel has proved a huge success and has featured in Hello Magazine, Metro Magazine, The Farmers Guardian Manchester Evening News, The Sunday Times and Funday Times.
Chris has also been interviewed by the BBC about the wheel and about the letter he received from David Marks the architect of the London Eye - Read more...
Spot the difference? The London Eye is the one on the left.
Angel from the North West 2004
The Angel of the North West was a great success and supported Hope House.
A dinosaur again strides across the Cheshire plains. This Ice Cream eating Coneastrawus was conceived from an idea by Liz Considine and designed and fabricated by Michael Harper.
Cone-Wealth Games 2002