Saturday, 30 October 2010

Litter Angels 2010 Winners

The Winning Poster is now on view at all Swale McDonalds

Kacey Unsworth - Bapchild and Tonge C of E Primary School - WINNER for Poster Design

Murston winning Sculpture in the garden

Murston Sculpture Winners

Nearly 100 people packed the Avenue Theatre last Friday (October 22nd) for a “squash and biscuit” reception before Local MP, Gordon Henderson joined the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Steve Worrall, to present local school children and their schools with prizes in this year’s “Litter Angels” competition.
”Litter Angels” is an anti-litter awareness campaign, which was started three years ago by Gordon Henderson to encourage young people to think about littering and its effect on the local environment by using art as a creative and educational tool. This year the children were asked to design anti-litter posters and sculptures, such as wild flowers, out of discarded rubbish.
The Mayor presented prizes to children from 7 local primary schools and groups that took part in the competition These where Bapchild and Tonge, Murston, Diversity House, St Edwards, St Peters, Eastchurch and Minterne.
The overall winning poster was designed by Kacey Unsworth, who attends Bapchild and Tonge Church of England Primary School. Kacey and her school each received a cheque for £25, which was presented by Matthew Hogben Business Manager from Sittingbourne McDonald’s, who sponsored this year’s competition and will be displaying the winning poster in all their local restaurants.
Murston Junior School won the prize for best sculpture design in their Wildlife garden and Alfie Swetman-Savage from Bapchild and Tonge won a special award for the Under-7 category, which was donated by the Polka Dot Art Gallery, who were co-sponsors of “Litter Angels”.
This year’s competition was organised by well known local artist, Sioux Peto, who said:
“This year has been an amazing success. We were so impressed with the attitude and creativity of all the young people who took part in the competition. It was refreshing how much they all knew about recycling and why they shouldn’t drop litter. It was obvious that they genuinely want to help keep our local environment clean and tidy.
“The standard of work produced was extremely high, professional and imaginative, both in the poster design and the sculpture workshops. It made the judging very difficult.
“I really want to thank all the young people who were involved this year and the schools that let us into their classrooms and encouraged their pupils to take part. We should be proud of them all for their commitment to making our future cleaner and greener.”
Gordon Henderson added:
“Reducing the amount of litter in our streets and parks is the quickest way in which we can make a real impact on our local environment. I started “Litter Angels” because I felt that encouraging primary school pupils to get into the habit of not dropping litter would lay the foundations for a cleaner tidier Britain when they grow up.
“This year’s “Litter Angels” competition was the best ever, thanks to the hard work of Sioux Peto and wonderful support from McDonald’s and the Polka Dot Art Gallery.
“I know that Sioux is already planning next year’s competition and wants to extend it to an older age group. So if you are a local primary school, or, community group who deals with young people from 16 to 24 years of age, and you care about you local community and environment, I would urge you to take part.”
Interested schools and community groups can contact Sioux Peto on 01795 428150 or 01795 521167.

Names of winners and schools:-

Kacey Unsworth - Bapchild and Tonge C of E Primary School - WINNER for Poster Design
Yasir Hussain – Diversity House
Masha Treyakovce – Murston Junior School
Luke Huckle - St Peters Catholic Primary School
Hannah Unwin – Minterne Community Junior School
Taylor Garrod – St Edwards R.C Primary School
Danielle Hales – Eastchurch Primary School

Murston Junior School – WINNER for Sculpture Design

Alfie Swetman-Savage – Special award from Polka Dot Galley for under 7’s

PS Special mention to the lovely Esther Cheesman who was my assistant

Thursday, 28 October 2010

A Garden of England Wins Award

The Garden of England has won a SILVER award from Swale in Bloom and Kent Wildlife Trust
We collected the award on Saturday 23rd October at Oare Gunpowder Works and now have our certificate framed in the Polka Dot

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Its Eric

Its now the end of Litter Angels 2010

Yes its really sad but I have finished the workshops and we have had an amazing exhibition here at the Polka Dot our walls have been covered as you can see and its being judged on Monday!!!!!
so look out for announcements
Thank you to everyone who has been in to look at the exhibition and to everyone who took part and to Ernie Thurston for helping hang all the work and the photographs
See the School Garden sculptures here