Bexhill Lions Club held its second Junior Peace Poster competition earlier in the year with local Primary schools giving it great support.

Lion Sue Cassell, Head of the Youth Committee commented ” The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to think about what peace means to them and to express that feeling as a piece of art. It also provides an opportunity for them to talk about the importance of peace with each other, family and friends.”

The Lions Club provided the schools, Glenleigh, Little Common and St. Mary Magdalene with the art paper and the judging was done by members of the Club.

The Bexhill winner was Safiye Balaban of Little Common Primary School. At a ceremony at the school, Lion President Rick Hough presented her with a medal, a certificate and £20 vouchers.The school received a trophy and a cheque for £50.

President Rick congratulated her and also the Highly Commended entries from Joshua George Porter, Molly O Connor, Esme Radford and Amber Phillips as well as all the class who entered the competition.

The winning poster from each school is entered into the the Lions’ South East District competition. To her delight and that of her classmates and teachers she came third overall which was a great achievement. She received a District certificate and vouchers and the school a further £50.

Miss Lauren Gale, the Year 3 Teacher said “I am so proud of Safiye’s creativity and efforts in the competition. Her Peace Poster was fantastic and it portrayed world peace in such a unique and powerful way. The children really enjoy taking part in this competition and as a school, we are so pleased to be working with the Bexhill Lions Club.”

Paige McDevitt of Glenleigh won the school competition and also

came overall second in the District competition which was an excellent performance. The winner from St Mary Magdalene was Saskia Mitchell Wright. Lion President Rick presented the awards at each of the schools, where they received a medal, certificate and vouchers.

Lion President Rick said ” I would like to thank the staff at the three schools for their great support of this competition. There are some exceptional young artists at the schools and it is clear to see how much thought has gone into their posters. Together with the Senior Peace Poster competition, Bexhill is one of the most successful towns in the District competition. We look forward to judging next years entries and hope that other youth groups will get involved in both competitions, as they are not just for schools.”

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