CHRISTOW Primary School pupil Ernie Barradale received a visit from his Member of Parliament recently, six months after coming runner-up in a competition to design his 2020 Christmas Card.
Every year Central Devon MP Mel Stride invites primary school pupils from across his constituency to enter their designs, encouraging budding young artists from ages 4 to 11 to get involved, and six-year-old Ernie impressed with his wonderful drawing of a smiling planet earth along with the message “All I want for Christmas is a healthy world for all”.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Mr Stride had not been previously able to visit the school to congratulate Ernie or present him with his prize of some art supplies.
Mr Stride said:
“It was very good to meet Ernie, to thank him for his wonderful drawing and of course to handover his well-earned prize. His message, in the midst of a global pandemic, could not have been more appropriate.”
Mr Stride has 43 primary schools in his constituency and this was Mr Stride’s third visit to Christow Primary School as an MP. The competition to design Mr Stride’s 2020 Christmas Card was sponsored by Western Spray and was won by 10-year-old Nina Ciebien from Landscore Primary School in Crediton. The other runner-up was Serafina Dillon, aged 8, from Hatherleigh Primary School.