Local schoolchildren design Christmas banners

Whitefriars received a record number of entries from local schoolchildren to design its Christmas banners this year. The overall winner was 9-year-old Lydia Bowra from Blean Primary School, who wins a £25 Fenwick toy department voucher for herself and £200 for her school to spend in any Whitefriars store. Her winning design is below.

Whitefriars Marketing Manager Julie Holness says: “We must have had nearly 1,000 entries this year, which made the job of choosing a winner very difficult indeed. In the end we selected one overall winner and nine finalists to receive prizes with an additional 14 banners from other entrants. The designs are very colourful and really brighten up the centre. The 8ft x 2ft banners are now on display throughout Whitefriars to complement our new Christmas star decoration theme.”

The nine finalists are:

  • Courtney Nicholls, Chilham St Mary’s Primary School
  • Athena Martin, St Stephen’s Junior School
  • Livy Leonard, Chartham Primary School
  • Gabriel Eufrasia, Blean Primary School
  • Harry Baldwin, Reculver Primary School
  • Felix Coker, Sheldwich Primary School
  • Lottie Pearton, Blean Primary School
  • Amelia Hill, Sheldwich Primary School
  • Emily Swain, Blean Primary School

Meanwhile, sales have got off to a good start at this year’s extended Christmas Market, which features nearly 70 colourful cabins selling handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food specialities in a festive setting that includes the ever popular Santa’s Grotto. The Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto are open until Christmas Eve. Details of opening times and how to book for the Grotto can be found on the new Whitefriars website at www.whitefriars.co.uk.

Whitefriars will also be supporting a number of charities in the Christmas Market over the festive period, with a gift wrap service, in association with Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and a food donation point for homeless charity Catching Lives.