Sheffield student designs a wheely cracking card

Chairman of Bradfield Parish Council Coun Matt Dixon, with competition winner Connie Brocklesby
Chairman of Bradfield Parish Council Coun Matt Dixon, with competition winner Connie Brocklesby

Arty Bradfield school pupils have shown off their creative skills during a special Christmas card competition.

The youngsters were tasked with designing a card for Bradfield Parish Council which it would send out during the festive period.

The winning design came from ten-year-old Connie Brocklesby, from Stannington, whose drawing included one of the iconic yellow Tour de France bikes, which decorated roadsides, cafes, pubs and houses this summer.

As part of her prize, Connie, a pupil at Nook Lane Junior School in Stannington, was given the chance to switch on the lights of the twelve Christmas trees across the parish.

Her fantastic design has now been made into cards which will be dropping through the Prime Minister’s letter box this month, as well being sent to a host of other community groups, MPs and local authorities.

Connie’s colourful design depicts Father Christmas on his way to Bradfield having abandoned his sleigh in favour of a yellow bike. The rear of the card also features pictures by nine other finalists who were from Oughtibridge Primary School, Nook Lane Junior School and Bradfield Dungworth Primary School in Dungworth.

The finalists were all invited to a festive tea party at the parish council offices in Bradfield when the Christmas lights were also switched on.

Chairman of Bradfield Parish Council, Coun Matt Dixon, who organised the competition, said: “It’s the first year we have organised a competition like this and we were delighted that so many children got involved, the standard of the drawing was fantastic, we’ve certainly got some talented young artists in Bradfield.

“We all agreed that Connie’s picture definitely stood out and was a lovely reminder of a very special year for our rural parish when we hosted the Tour de France this summer.”

The Christmas card project was funded through a special bequest by Kevin Murray, a former Bradfield school teacher.