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Designing Christmas

Children from a Chesterfield school have been busy with paint, glue and glitter – following a challenge set by their MP.  

Toby Perkins with winning artist Abbi Burke (front, centre), runners up, sponsors at St Mary's Head Teacher Mrs Apps

Toby Perkins with winning artist Abbi Burke (front, centre), runners up, sponsors and St Mary's Head Teacher Mrs Apps

Each year Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins holds an art competition, in partnership with a local school and backed by local businesses, to design his Christmas card. The winning design appears on Mr Perkins’ 2,000 cards sent out to the Prime Minister and people in Chesterfield.

This year, the pupils of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Chesterfield have taken on the task of producing the design, with sponsorship for the entire project kindly donated by Chesterfield-based firms Yeomans Outdoors and industrial weighing specialists Weightron Bilanchiai.

Year 1 pupil Abbi Burke’s ‘Rudolph’ was proudly unveiled by Mr Perkins as the winning design at MacIntyre’s Square Canvas Art Gallery, next to the Yorkshire Bank in New Square, on Friday where all the shortlisted creations are on public display between 9am and 3pm until Friday 14th December.  

Toby Perkins MP said: “It was a real pleasure but a tough task choosing just one winning design. All the children’s efforts were excellent – we’re lucky to have so many talent young people and committed teachers in Chesterfield.

“I hope plenty of people call in to the MacIntyre gallery in New Square to view the children’s impressive work.”

Abbi Burke's 'Rudolph'

Abbi Burke's 'Rudolph'

Mr Perkins added: “I’d like to thank our generous sponsors Yeomans and Weightron Bilanchiai for making this celebration of our young people’s artistic talents possible.”


More information on MacInyre Charity, the project’s partner organisation and exhibition host:

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School:

Yeomans Outdoors, sponsor:

Weightron Bilanciai, sponsor:

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