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And the Christmas card winners are…

Following much deliberation, the winners of the council’s Christmas card design competition have been declared.

With 41 entries received, the judges made their decisions, and enormous congratulations go to Mia Wilkin, a pupil at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, who not only won the 7-11 age category, but is also the overall winner. It was a tough decision in that age category, so Gurnoor Singh from Clifton Primary School receives a special commendation for his entry.

The winner in the under 6 age category was Noël Irwin-Steele from West Acton Primary School and Ashleigh Felix, also from Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, was the winner in the 12-18 age category.

Talented bunch

Council leader Peter Mason, who will be using Mia’s overall winning design on his Christmas cards this year, said: “We had some fantastic entries this year, the young people of Ealing are clearly a very talented bunch and they certainly didn’t make the judges task easy.

“It was a very tough decision, but Mia’s design really encapsulated the spirit of the competition and what it means to have a healthy, happy Ealing Christmas. The other winning and special commendation designs will be on the inside of the card.”

How the designs will be used

Mia’s design will be on the front of the card that Councillor Mason sends out this year, with the other winning designs on the inside of the card.

The winning designs will also be used for other cards this year, with Ashleigh’s design being used for the front of a card from Councillor Lauren Wall, cabinet member for genuinely affordable homes, which will go to all council housing tenants.

Chief executive of the council, Tony Clements, will use Noël’s design for his e-card and the council’s senior leadership team will be sending an e-card with Gurnoor’s design.

Cycling and Christmas

Mia was very pleased and excited to know that her design was overall winner, and said: “Cycling and Christmas, two of my favourite things. I hope Santa enjoys a long bike ride before he eats all his mince pies on Christmas Eve.”

Gurnoor was equally pleased to know he received a special commendation, commenting about his design: “I chose to include these things on my Christmas sports card because I enjoy sports and these are some of my favourite sports.”

And Ashleigh, the winner in the 12-18 age category, said: “I’m very happy that I won.”

Noël said her inspiration for the card was that she “wanted to give other kids in Ealing ideas on how they can keep healthy” and thought if she used Santa and his helpers on the card that it would “make them want to give it a go.”

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