Anthony Browne, MP for South Cambridgeshire visited Cambourne today (Friday 10 December) to present an award to the winner of his Christmas Card competition.
Mr Browne visited The Vine Inter-Church Primary School in Cambourne to congratulate six-year-old Lydia, who entered this year’s competition to design a card of South Cambridgeshire at Christmas.
The competition, which Mr Browne has run annually since being first elected in 2019, was open to all local primary schools.
After carefully judging all the entries, Lydia’s design of a festive-themed Wimpole Hall saw off stiff competition to take the top prize. Anthony presented her with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, who was pictured with her winning design, alongside a Houses of Parliament Teddy Bear and a picture of the Prime Minister with her card. He has also invited her class to visit him in Parliament in the New Year.
Lydia’s design features on the front of Anthony’s card, which has since been sent to hundreds of constituents, organisations, charities, and businesses right across South Cambridgeshire and to many senior national politicians.
Anthony commented: "I was very impressed by all the entries I received this year from the children of South Cambridgeshire. Seeing all those drawings of how the next generation view our constituency meant a lot to me and goes to show how important it is that we protect that vision of our community.
“Lydia's design really stood out - I really liked her version of one of our most famous landmarks, ready for Christmas complete with snowmen and reindeer, and so did the Prime Minister! My thanks to all the children who took part, and to their teachers and parents who encouraged them.”
Mr Lee Faris, Headteacher at The Vine Inter-Church Primary School commented: “I was pleased to welcome Anthony today to present the winner’s prize, photo, and certificate. Lydia is so proud of her entry and everyone at the school is delighted that it’s going to be used on the card.”