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Card fit for a Queen

Date: 17 May 2012


Judges were overwhelmed by the creativity of church school pupils who took part in this spring's competition to design a thank you card for HRH the Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.


Almost a hundred inspiring entries arrived at Diocesan House leaving leaving judges with a tough task ahead.


Many entries featured diamonds and reflected The Queen's role as head of the Church of England - but corgis, castles and crowns were in abundance too!


Diocesan newspaper editor and judge David Green said: "The standard was remarkable. We were impressed over and over again and the sheer variety was genuinely refreshing.


"We would like to say a big thank you to all the students and school organisers who took the time to enter this special competition and congratulate them on their art work."


The overall competition winner is 11-year-old Berry Hall, from Potters Gate CofE School, Farnham, whose bold design, based on the union jack, caught the judges' eye.


In Berry’s own words the design represents: “The flag for the UK - the crest represents the diocese, Tower Bridge represents London, the peace sign for peace and the palace, crown and diamond represent the Queen and her Diamond Jubilee.


The winner in the infant category and overall runner-up is six-year-old Gabriella McGill, from Newdigate CofE Infants School, with her card showing, in her own words: “The Queen and her dogs in her Royal carriage, her castle in the background, at sunset – and a boy giving her some flowers.”


Berry's design will now be produced as a card containing not only greetings from the Bishop of Guildford the Rt Revd Christopher Hill and the Dean of Guildford the Very Revd Victor Stock but from more than 250 people from across the diocese wanting to thank and congratulate the Queen.


Berry will also receive a cathedral goody-bag, a special copy of the winning card signed by the Bishop and Dean and will be guest of honour on a jubilee cruise aboard a genuine coal-powered steamboat on the river Wey. Gabriella will recieve a £20 voucher as well as a special cathedral goody-bag and her design together with Berry's, will be exhibited in Guildford Cathedral during the Diamond Jubilee weekend alongside 50 runners-up who will also receive certificates.

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