The Mayor had the very difficult job on Monday selecting the winning entry in her Christmas Card Competition from hundreds of entries. She did though finally select Alice Vernon’s picture of St Mary’s Church. Alice will switch the lights on the large Invesco tree tomorrow (Friday) at the Christmas Festival as part of the prize.
Alice, aged 8 goes to Rupert House School. She used water colours to create the picture and it took her a few days to complete. Alice said, “I centred my design around the church because I liked the scene and thought it would look quite interesting. I added the Angel, snowballs and Mary on a Donkey to make it more Christmassy. I’m really pleased that I won the competition and I’m excited to be turning the lights on the big Christmas tree. Having tea with the Mayor is the most exciting part of the prize.”
On the winning card Henley Mayor, Councillor Sarah Miller said, “It was technically very good for the age of the child. Very detailed, very Henley so it really ticked all the boxes. Sarah’s partner added, Carolyn, added “It also very colourful and it would make a really nice Christmas card.”
Talking about all the entries, Sarah commented, “The standard was so much better than I thought it would be having never done this before. It’s been really difficult to choose four cards out of around 200. We were very surprised at the standard of the very young children. It hasn’t been easy and really heart warming to see all the lovely pictures and the effort that all the local children have gone to. If I could make them all winners I would.”
Runner up was Johnny Pratt from St Mary’s School and 3rd place was Aislie Gordon from Valley Road School and 4th place was Bea Garbett from Valley Road School.