Proud youngsters were presented with their trophies and certificates at an awards ceremony at Ivanhoe Academy, as part of the Ashby Arts Festival children’s creative competition.

Paula Harper, store director at Specsavers in Ashby awarded prizes to the chosen winners of each age group, in addition to presenting the coveted ‘Specsavers Silver Trophy for Creativity’ to an overall winner. 

Paula says: ‘We’re delighted to have supported the Ashby de la Zouch Arts Festival again this year, and once again it was a great success. It’s such a fantastic community event which continues to go from strength to strength. There were some very creative entries this year and it was a pleasure to present the prizes. A huge congratulations to the well-deserved winners.’

Creative entries

The entrants in school years one to six were asked to complete an animal-related word search and draw their favourites in a box for the creative art competition, while children in years seven to nine undertook a creative writing exercise based around a series of images, which was judged by literary Carnegie Medal holder Victoria Barton.

Di Lorriman, local artist and children’s competition organiser, says: ‘This year’s artistic entries included some really imaginative drawings, including a tiger leaping halfway up a tree after a brightly striped parrot! The stories didn't want for creativity either; the winner wrote a really unusual tale about ‘A Toffee Stuck to the Roof of your Beak’ – you won't want another toffee after reading it! We’re thrilled that so many children took part in this community event and the Ashby de la Zouch Art Festival is very grateful to Specsavers for continuing to sponsor it.’

Barbara Royd, Chair of the Ashby Arts Festival, says: ‘Specsavers’ wonderful support for our children’s competitions over the last three years has been so important to us. The competitions are carefully designed to encourage creativity and build artistic and literary confidence for all participants whilst remaining fun and appealing to all ages. Together we are helping developing the next generation of artists and writers in Ashby de la Zouch.’

Winners announced

  • Winner from year groups one and two: 
    Tom Hill (age 6) from Donisthorpe School - “Tiger leaping at a stripey parrot!”
  • Highly Commended from year groups one and two:
    Joseph Smith (age 5) from Willesley School – “Dr Doolittle shaking hands with prickly hedgehog”
  • Winner from year groups three and four:
    Harry Warburton (age 9) from Ashby C of E primary school
  • Highly Commended from year groups three and four:
    Sam Hill (age 8) from Donisthorpe School
  • Winner from year groups five and six:
    Sofia Paduano (age 10) from Willesley School
  • Highly Commended from year groups five and six:
    Sophie Ricketts (age 10) from Ashby C of E primary school

Winners of the creative writing competition were:

  • Winner and winner of the Specsavers Silver Trophy for Creativity:
    Alice Hall (age 12) from Ivanhoe Academy – “Toffee Stuck to the Roof of your Beak"
  • Highly Commended:
    Zara Dolman (age 12) from Ivanhoe Academy – “Winter Wonderland”
  • Highly Commended:
    Holly Cowan (age 12) from Ivanhoe Academy – “The Bird who Couldn’t Fly”

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