The Mayor of Buckingham initiated a design contest, inviting children aged 4–16 to create her annual Christmas card under the theme ‘Together at Christmas.’
The competition comprised four categories: Reception–Year 2, Year 3–Year 6, Year 7–Year 8, and Year 9–Year 11.
Local school children obtained blank templates from Buckingham Library or downloaded them from the Town Council website, submitting their entries before the deadline.
Judging became a challenging task this year due to the high volume of entries and the showcased talent. Winners were selected based on their interpretation and clarity of the theme, creativity and originality, quality of artistic composition, and overall design impression.
The victors—George Broadbent, Yukthi Pothuraj, Martha Lane, and Millie Turner—had the honor of joining the Mayor on stage during the annual Christmas Lights Switch On in the Town Centre on November 23rd, illuminating Buckingham’s festive lights.
Additionally, they received packs featuring their winning designs. Scarlett Johnston received a highly commended certificate for her exceptional 3D card.
The cards, available for purchase at the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre, contribute funds to the Mayor’s Charities: Buckingham Food Bank and Jedidiah Free Fresh Food Pantry, both working to alleviate food insecurity in the community.
The Mayor of Buckingham, councillor Anja Schaefer said “I was so impressed with the entries to this year’s Christmas card competition. We had over 100 entries and they all beautifully reflected the spirit of Christmas, so it was really difficult to choose the winners. The winning entries are all beautiful interpretations of the theme of ‘Together at Christmas’.”