Young Artist Brings Festive Cheer - The Directory Group

Young artist brings festive cheer

A talented young artist from Hayling Island is spreading festive cheer across the community.

Six-year old Austin Buchanan, a pupil at Mill Rythe Infant School, has won the first ever competition for school children to design Alan Mak MP’s official Christmas card for 2015.

The winning card features a festive snowman and Christmas tree.

Alan Mak MP visited Austin at his school and presented him with his prizes during morning assembly on Friday 4th December. The prizes were a large House of Commons teddy bear, a family ticket to see Hansel and Gretal at the Spring Theatre in Havant, a certificate on House of Commons paper, and a full colour copy of the winning card.

The local MP's official Christmas card for 2015 was professionally printed by Hayling Print, based on Hayling Island.

Mak’s Christmas card will be sent out to local community organisations and businesses across Alan’s constituency, as well as politicians in Westminster including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Alan Mak MP said: “Austin’s card is excellent, and I enjoyed coming to his school assembly to present him with his prizes. I also want to thank all the other children for their hard work and entries, as well as the sponsors Northney Dairy, The Contemporary Home, Hayling Print and the Spring Theatre.

Mak added: “This year’s competition was the first and it’s been such a great success that I’ve decided to run it again next year. This is a real community project, giving local children the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity, and I’m delighted with the results this year!”

Winner Austin Buchanan commented: “I really enjoyed drawing the Christmas tree and snowman. Thank you to Alan for coming to my school assembly. I am really happy about winning!”

Children who are runners-up will see their designs feature on the back of the card and also receive a certificate, and every pupil who entered the completion will receive a certificate of thanks from Alan Mak MP.

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley