The Mayor of Buckingham invited children aged between 4 – 11 years old to design her annual Christmas card with the theme being ‘A Christmas Scene’. The competition was split into two age categories, Reception – Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6. Local school children were able to collect a blank template from Buckingham Library or download it from the Town Council website and send it back before the deadline.
Due to the high number of entries received this year and the talent showcased, judging proved difficult. The winners were chosen based on their interpretation and the clarity of the theme, creativity and originality of the depicted theme, quality of artistic composition and overall design and overall impression of the piece.
Daisy Beckett and Harry Caswell, winners of the competition, got to join the Mayor, on stage at our annual Christmas Lights Switch On in the Town Centre on Saturday 26th November to turn on Buckingham’s Lights. They also received a pack of the two designs. All other entries were displayed in the Council Chamber window for everyone to see.
The cards have been so popular at Buckingham Tourist Information Centre that they have sold out! With every pack raising money for the Mayor’s Charities: Buckingham Food Bank who distribute non-perishable and fresh food to people in need, who have been referred by an agency or local church and Jedidiah Free Fresh Food Pantry who work in partnership with local supermarkets to repurpose the surplus food they are unable to sell. Thanks to our sponsor BCQ for supporting the project.
The Mayor of Buckingham, councillor Margaret Gateley said “It was a great pleasure to see all the beautiful designs which our town’s children created for this year’s Christmas card competition, and to meet the winners at the Christmas Light Switch On event. My thanks to all who participated, and to our sponsor, BCQ. I hope that you will support these two great local charities: Buckingham Food Bank and Jedidiah Fresh Food Pantry by buying some of these lovely cards. By doing this, you can help people in need in Buckingham.”