Winners Announced Of The Townies And Parkies Story Writing Competition

Winners Announced Of The Townies And Parkies Story Writing Competition

Two talented local children were announced as winners of a Horsham District Council story writing competition this week.

Inspired by the BBC ‘500 Words’ children’s story competition, Horsham District Council launched its own children’s writing competition back in the summer, challenging local children to write a short story about The Townies and The Parkies adventures in Horsham Town Centre or Horsham Park.

  • The winner of the 5-9 years category was Conor Winspear.
  • The winner of the 10-13 years category was Nyah Hawkes.

The stories were based on the Albion Way subway original murals illustrated by local artist Katie Wells, the delightful animal characters featured on the murals have already become known to local children through a number of recent town and park trails.

Three runners up for each age category were also announced. They were Daniel Bellenie, Louisa Sargent and Scarlett Edwards in the age 5 to 9 category and Nathan Hughson, Katherine Taylor and Nathalie Griffin in the age 10 to 13 category.

The winners will have their stories made into a small book to be illustrated by Katie Wells and sold this Christmas though partners with profits going to local children’s charities – Chestnut Tree House, Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity and The Springboard Project.

Each winner will also receive a framed original illustration from their story in the book. Winners and runners up will receive signed copies of the book and Waterstones gift vouchers.

The next instalment of the Townies and Parkies adventures starts week commencing 22nd October when new murals are installed in the Albion Way subway.

Commenting on the competition, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said: “Many congratulations to the winners and runners up. The Townies and Parkies trails have been a real success over the summer, seeing hundreds of families enjoying both the town centre and the park and this is a perfect culmination to the summer activity programme. It is really fitting that as we approach the 2019 Horsham District Year of Culture so many local children felt inspired to use their creativity to write some amazing stories. We now look forward to the next phase of this project when we install fresh panels in the Albion Way underpass to reflect the winter. Do check them out if you are walking between the town and the park.”

These activities promoting Horsham Town Centre and Horsham Park were organised by Horsham District Council with Horsham town’s branch of Waterstones, Maverick Publishing and West Sussex Library Service. Other judging partners included local authors, Gobsmack Comics, My Fair Kind Child, Cocoa Loco and Katie Wells Illustration.