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The judging of Conservative MP for Epsom & Ewell, Chris Grayling’s ‘Design a Christmas Card Competition 2013’ recently took place at UCA Epsom.

For the competition, pupils from junior and infant schools across Epsom and Ewell were given the chance to design Christmas cards. There were 41 entries in total from children aged 4-11 and the MP enlisted the expertise of UCA Vice Chancellor, Simon Ofield-Kerr to help judge the designs.

Tom Ade-Parsons, aged 10 from Wallace Fields Junior School was selected as the overall winner and his design will now be replicated on the front cover of Chris’ Christmas card, which will be sent out to community groups, public services organisations, local charities and most notably, Prime Minister David Cameron and members of his cabinet.

Chris Grayling was very impressed with the standard of this year’s entries and was delighted to announce Tom as the winner. He said: “Tom Ade-Parsons is the worthy winner of my ‘Design a Christmas Card Competition 2013’. Once again I was really impressed with the high level of entries we received and it was a difficult decision to choose an overall winner. Thank you to all the schools and pupils who participated.”

Simon Ofield-Kerr also very much enjoyed judging the competition and was excited to see the creative potential demonstrated by those who applied. He said: “It’s always great fun to see how local school children expand on the Christmas theme. The diversity of the entries made for a truly enjoyable experience – there’s a lot of talent out there and it’s really important that we nourish the creativity of our children, as this is the lifeblood of our hugely successful creative industries.”


Overall Winner – Tom Ade-Parsons, age 10, Wallace Fields Junior School

4 – 7 year old category

Winner –  Zak Ade-Parsons, age 7, Wallace Fields Junior School

Runner up – Natasha Cook, age 6, St Christopher’s School

 8 – 11 year old category

Winner – Tom Ade-Parsons, age 10, Wallace Fields Junior School

Runner up – Joss Thompson, age 10, Warren Mead Junior School

Overall Winner, Tom Ade-Parsons, Age 10, Wallace Fields junior School

Winner, Zak Ade-Parson, Age 7, Wallace Fields junior School