Judges gathered at the consitutency office of Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero last week to decide one of the most prestigious competitions of the year - the Christmas Card Competition. Advertiser reporter Elizabeth Fry joined Gloria and two other judges to help choose this year’s winning design.
Every inch of the walls of Gloria de Piero’s constituency offices are plastered with Christmas cards.
Santas, reindeers, penguins and snowmen peer down at the judges - Gloria herself, Mansfield Chad reporter Ashley Booker, Advertiser reporter Elizabeth Fry and competition sponsor Vic Handley from Van Elle.
The cards are made from every medium imaginable - designed on paint, compiled collages, doused in glitter and of course, draw with traditional colouring pencils.
After whittling the hundreds of entries down to a shortlist, the Eastwood finalist is plucked from the table after a unaninimous decision from the judges.
“That’s the one, that’s the winner,” Gloria says, and hands it to a member of her office team who rushes off to the printers with it.
The winning design of a cheery Santa Claus is by 10-year-old Dolcie Broughton from Springbank Primary School in Eastwood and Gloria went along to the school on Monday to surprise her.
During morning lessons, Gloria presented Dolcie with a copy of her winning card, a certificate and a selection of special prizes direct from the House of Commons.
The card is now being professionally printed on the front of 300 of Gloria’s cards and another 600 electronically will be sent to a number of people, organisations and businesses across Eastwood, Brinsley and Westminster.
Ms De Piero said; “I love running my Christmas card competition because you can really see from the hard work and imagination that goes into every single card just how excited the children are.
“It was really difficult to pick a winner but I think Dolcie’s design really stood out and I can’t wait to see it printed on the front of my cards.
“Special thanks must go to local firm Van Elle who have been incredibly generous by sponsoring this year’s competition as without their backing this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Molly Hart from Brookhill Leys School was this year’s runner and she will also receive a special certificate in the post and a smaller version of her own design will feature on the back of Gloria’s card.