Local MP Andrew Jones prepares to launch his annual Christmas e-card competition.
The competition, now in its sixth year, sees schoolchildren from across the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency putting crayons to paper to design their MP’s Christmas e-card. Each school has a winning entry and one entry is picked from among those as the overall winner.
Letters are going out to headteachers this week inviting their schools to take part in the competition which usually attracts hundreds of entries. Last year’s winner was James Wood from St John’s Primary School in Knaresborough, who drew a bauble on a Christmas tree.
The competition is judged by the Mayoress – this year Mrs Lynn Simms, former Primary School teacher Penny Mackenzie and someone currently working in primary education. Judging will be based on creativity, use of colour and Christmas cheer.
When deciding on a design for my Christmas card, I could think of no better way to spread the Christmas cheer than to get local primary school children involved by designing the card. Last year’s competition drew hundreds of entries and I hope that this year will do the same.