Council Chair’s festive card competition inspires ‘fantastic pictures’

Children at Western Road Community Primary School in Lewes have been getting creative to design a Christmas card for the Chair of Lewes District Council.  

The competition launched by Councillor Adrian Ross had the subject ‘Nature in Winter’ to reflect his theme of office which is ‘A Green Recovery, Environmental Action and a Fair Society’.  

All pupils were given the opportunity to participate during the school’s Art Week, with winners and runners up from each year group presented with certificates and book tokens by Councillor Ross.

The overall winner was India White whose leaf-print picture of a robin is the cover image on hundreds of Christmas cards being sent out by post and email.  

The overall runner up was Odette Brookes whose picture of animals gathered around a fire is on the back of the card.   

Councillor Ross said: “Thank you to all the children who took part, the pictures were fantastic. It was great to see all the different interpretations of the subject including animals both great and small and some wonderful countryside views.  

“Care of the environment is a key priority for this council and it is pleasing to see how the next generation shares our view of the importance of our natural world.”  

Rea Hamilton, Deputy Headteacher at Western Road Community Primary School, said: “The children at Western Road were very excited to enter this competition.  

“They always engage enthusiastically with anything to do with the natural world and were so pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate this interest creatively during our Art Week.  

“We are very proud of the effort all the children made – well done to all our runners up and winners!”