TWO girls have won this year’s competition to design the Mayor of Henley’s Christmas card.
Jessica Cattanach, 10, and Darcy Dryden, eight, are the contest’s first ever joint winners.
Click here to watch our video about the competition
Their designs will appear on Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak s official card, which is printed by Higgs Group, publishers of the Henley Standard.
The girls won tickets to see a pantomime and the chance to switch on Henley’s Christmas lights with the Mayor next Friday evening.
Cllr Gawrysiak, a former teacher at Gillotts School, visited the girls’ schools and delivered the good news in front of their classmates. He then presented them with a certificate and a chocolate advent calendar.
The theme of the competition was “Family Christmas in Henley” and Jessica, who is in year 6 at Badgemore Primary School, submitted a pencil drawing of her herself, her mother Sara and younger brother Oliver, seven, at their home in Adwell Square.
She drew her father Daniel, who also lives in Henley, approaching the front door from a snowy scene outside. Jesssica said: “I was quite shocked when I heard I had won because I wasn’t expecting it.”
Mrs Cattanach said: “I didn’t even know she had entered so this came out of the blue. I am very proud.”
Darcy, a year 3 pupil at Rupert House School, submitted a felt-tip and watercolour piece showing her family standing on Henley Bridge.
It included her parents Charlotte and John, her dog Mojo and cats Mouse and Eddy as well as Father Christmas, a snowman and an angel.
Darcy, who lives in Hurst, said: “I thought it would be good fun to enter so I gave it a try.
“I thought about doing some people in rowing boats but then I thought it would be a bit hard so I decided to do people on the bridge.
“I’m quite excited but quite nervous about standing in front of everybody next week.”
There were about 130 entries this year, which were judged by Cllr Gawrysiak, town councillors Jeni Wood and Pam Phillips and Henley Standard editor Simon Bradshaw.
They will all be displayed in the foyer of the Regal Picturehouse cinema in Boroma Way for the next three weeks.
The two runners-up, who are yet to be announced, will win £30 worth of art supplies from Bagatelle Toys or a £30 voucher to spend at the Bell Bookshop.
Cllr Gawrysiak said: “I thoroughly enjoyed announcing the winners. It was great to go back into a school and do an assembly.
“The competition is a great stimulus for creativity — the children can talk among their friends about what their design will look like.
“The more creative things we can get into schools, the better.”