The chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cllr Bob Rudd, and the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Alex Black, are inviting schools from across the borough to participate in a local creative writing and art competition.
It’s to remember the servicemen and women who gave their lives in the First World War so that future generations could live theirs.
The competition is being run in conjunction with the Royal British Legion’s Every One Remembered project, a partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Creative writing competition
Children are being asked to write a short commemorative message (no more than 200 words) to say thank you to a serviceman or woman.
They can search for someone to thank by logging onto the national website at everyoneremembered.org.
They can find someone specific or click the ‘not sure who to thank’ button.
The local competition will see first, second and third prize awarded in each of the following four categories:
- Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (key stage 2 / juniors)
- Years 7, 8 and 9 (key stage 3)
- Special schools – years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (key stage 2)
- Special schools – years 7, 8 and 9 (key stage 3)
Younger children (reception, year 1 and 2 – ie: key stage 1) are being invited to create a picture (either a painting, college or a drawing of maximum A4 size).
The picture is to follow the theme: commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War / poppies / servicemen and women.
There will be a first, second and third prize for this category as well.
Entries into both the local creative writing and art competition can be submitted to [email protected] or by calling 01244 977 265.
Children can submit their messages into the national campaign via the website everyoneremembered.org as well.
Winners from all categories will receive a small prize, a certificate and an invitation to the City of Chester’s Remembrance Service on 11th November 2018.
Runners-up will also receive a certificate and an invitation to the Remembrance service.
The closing date for the local competition is 22nd October 2018 at 12pm and the judging will take place on 30th October 2018.
A selection of the entries will be displayed at either Chester Cathedral or Chester Town Hall prior to 11th November 2018.
Lord Mayor of Chester
The Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Alex Black said: “I am keen that the City of Chester does its part in helping to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War with a fitting tribute, like this competition, to those who lost their lives.
“Members of my family survived the atrocities of the First World War, but many, many men and women didn’t. It is our duty to educate future generations of the sacrifices that were made and to give them an opportunity to say thank you.”
Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council
The Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cllr Bob Rudd added: “The Royal British Legion’s objective is to ensure every fallen hero from across the Commonwealth is remembered individually by those living today.
“Cheshire West can do its part to help remember and I would encourage schools to get behind this important competition to raise awareness among local children of the servicemen and women who gave their lives so they could live theirs.”
Further details will be available via the Lord Mayor of Chester’s website: lordmayorofchester.org.uk