Jo announces this year’s Christmas card competition results

The winners of Jo’s annual Christmas card competition, to design a card and poem on the ‘Scottish Christmas’ theme, have been announced.

The winners are as follows:

  • Christmas design competition (to be printed on the card’s front cover) – Gavin McCusker, Bishopbriggs Academy.
  • Christmas poem competition (to be printed inside the card) – Olivia Fotheringham, P5, Lairdsland Primary.

The runners-up are as follows:

  • Christmas design competition – Chloe Gemmell, P7, Balmuildy Primary, Hannah Rigby, P7a Lairdsland Primary.
  • Christmas poem competition – Holly Rigby, P3, Lairdsland Primary, Ross Mair, P7, Balmuildy Primary.

The cards will be printed by Glasgow printers AroPrint, and the winners and runners-up with each receive a prize of book tokens for the Milngavie Bookshop. Jo was joined in judging the cards by President of the Milngavie Art Club, Rev. Dr Ivan Draper, and Susan Frize, Milngavie Bookshop owner.

With the busy Christmas period fast approaching, Susan is now taking customer enquiries for Christmas orders – for more information see the Milngavie Bookshop website –

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“Congratulations to Gavin and Olivia on the winning design and poem! As always all the children who entered showed off their creative talents, and it was a really tough choice to find the winning entries.

“However with the help of my fellow judges Susan and Ivan we found the winning entries on this year’s ‘Scottish Christmas’ theme. I’m grateful to all the children who entered – and will be calling in at local schools in the coming weeks to present certificates to say thank you.”

Commenting, Milngavie Bookshop owner and fellow judge Susan Frize commented:

“Milngavie Bookshop is delighted to be involved in a competition which encourages local children to be creative in both art and poetry. We love to see children inspired to write and reading books is a brilliant gateway to the imagination. Well done to all the entrants for making it such a hard decision to choose the winners.”

Jo was helped in judging the competition Susan Frize, owner of Milngavie Bookshop – – and Rev. Dr Ivan Draper who is President of the Milngavie Art Club – The cards will be printed by local Glasgow-based printers AroPrint – .

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