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Writing competition under way

Posted onPosted on 8th Jun

Young writers asked to imagine future of Newark for competition

Budding young writers are being asked to imagine and design their perfect hometown, as part of a new competition.

Children are being invited to take part in Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Future Newark Writing Competition, as part of the Towns Fund initiative, with prizes including an Amazon Fire tablet up for grabs.

It was announced in September 2019 that Newark was chosen as one of 100 towns in the UK to receive up to £25 million worth of investment, as part of the Government’s ‘Town Deal’ process.

The Council is in the process of undertaking a major online consultation with residents to discover how Newark could benefit from the multi-million pound cash boost. Alongside this, it is inviting the voices of tomorrow to submit their own imaginative ideas for Newark, which will help inform the proposals on how the money could be spent.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “The Towns Fund is presenting a huge opportunity to refocus the future of Newark and we’ve had a great response to the main survey so far.

“It really is vital for all our residents – no matter what age – to be a part of this process. We want to find out exactly what they love about Newark but also what they would love to see in the town and we are really excited to read everyone’s entries.”

Children can submit their ideas in the form of a letter, persuading a group of judges that their plans are the best. These should fill no more than one side of A4, handwritten and scanned or typed. They should be sent to before 5pm on Thursday, July 6.

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The best persuasive letters for children aged 7-9 and 10-12 will each win an Amazon Fire Tablet and there will be an additional tablet for the Best Idea. Four runners-up will each win a £10 book voucher.