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Accolade for Ellyn’s global art message

Ellyn Willsher receives her prize from Ponteland Lions president Anke Jackson, left, and she is congratulated by Ponteland Middle School Headteacher Caroline Pryer.

Ellyn Willsher receives her prize from Ponteland Lions president Anke Jackson, left, and she is congratulated by Ponteland Middle School Headteacher Caroline Pryer.

A PONTELAND schoolgirl has won a regional award thanks to her eye-catching piece.

This year’s Peace Poster competition run by the Lions organisation had the theme ‘our world, our future’ and Ellyn Willsher’s delicately coloured effort was awarded first place out of all the entries from Ponteland Middle School.

It was entered along with winners from other schools over the North East district, which includes Scottish Lions clubs and stretches as far south as Scarborough, and the 11-year-old’s poster was judged to be the best.

Art teacher at Ponteland Middle School, Vicki Harper, said: “Ellyn had a unique take on the subject and the ability shown in her sketch was fantastic. It fitted in very well with the theme.

“It’s quite a subtle poster, so we weren’t sure if it would be picked as the regional winner.

“We were all delighted when we were informed that she was awarded first place and it will give her confidence a big boost.

“Activities like this help our pupils to develop their own style and the cultural aspect to the competition will also have been beneficial.”

Ellyn, who lives in Darras Hall, was presented with her prizes at a special assembly by Ponteland Lions President Anke Jackson.

They included a folding easel, paints and other artist equipment.

Ponteland Lions Club serves the community by arranging fund-raising events and organising activities. The money it collects supports people, groups and charities in the locality and region, as well as some of the Lions organisation’s projects overseas.

Its most recent event was its annual Swimarathon at the Ponteland Leisure Centre pool, which involved teams from local schools and community groups.

This was a big success and it raised thousands of pounds for charities. Ponteland Lions Club has agreed to give the money its organisers collected to Children North East.

 

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