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Winner of My Christmas Card Competition 2021

This year, I’ve been holding a constituency competition to design my Christmas Card for 2021. I invited students from schools across Erith and Thamesmead to take part and I was so pleased to see such a positive response.

The theme for this year is: ‘Love Erith and Thamesmead: portraits of local landmarks.’ I asked pupils to draw or paint somewhere special to them and our local community.

I want to thank all the pupils who made submissions. These included drawings of the Thamesmead Clock Tower, Crossness Pumping Station, the walks along the River Thames, and Erith Pier.

After being assessed by a panel of judges, the winning design was used as my Christmas Card and sent to more than 1,000 local people, businesses, and community groups. 

We had a great turnout for the competition with so many excellent designs being sent in. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to all the schools, teachers and parents who helped organise the competition.

Congratulations to this year’s winner, Alexandra Okwara, aged 10, from St Fidelis Catholic Primary School.

Writing about why she chose her design, Alexandra wrote:

“I have drawn the fish roundabout (The de Luci Landmark Gateway sculpture) because the roundabout shows me that I am in Erith and that the fish are very important to the local community.”

Inside the card, I wrote a bit about how challenging the last year has been and sent my best to all as we go into 2022.

Thank you also to Greenwich GMB Branch and Greenwich Union Local Government Branch for their kind contributions to the cost of this card.