Ashbourne News Telegraph

Pavilion artists get their rewards

- By Gareth Butterfiel­d gareth.butterfiel­d@ashbournen­ewstelegra­

WINNERS of a children’s drawing competitio­n that helped to showcase the benefits of the town’s new Pavilion in the Park to a younger generation have been presented with prizes.

Children from Ashbourne’s primary schools were asked to use their imaginatio­ns to draw a picture showing how they would use the new pavilion, which is due to be opened officially in the new year.

The competitio­n, organised by Ashbourne-based firm Enrok Constructi­on along with the Ashbourne Recreation Ground Sports and Community Partnershi­p, offered up top prizes of a £25 Amazon voucher and a family swim pass for Ashbourne Leisure Centre.

Vouchers were also offered to runners-up, and all winners were given a framed print of their drawing during one of their school assemblies.

The originals will hold pride of place in the £1 million pavilion when its doors finally open.

Laura Mallisch, director at Enrok, the firm that built the pavilion, said: “What a magical way to start the day presenting the children with their prizes.

“All the drawings were unique, beautifull­y drawn and imaginativ­e. I know the judges had a tricky time choosing the winners.

“For me, it was like a trip down memory lane being in assembly – how time goes by very quickly. I really enjoyed it.”

The three local judges, Sarah Dines MP, former Mayor Sean Clayton and the partnershi­p’s secretary Dave Wood, selected the winning drawings from more than 140 entries, across two age categories.

Winners in the category aged four to seven:

First place: Millie, 7, who wowed the panel with her Glow in the Dark Computer Room

Elliott, 6, won second prize and five-year-old Georgia won third.

All the children were from Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School.

Winners in the category aged eight to 11:

First place: Joshie, 10, from Ashbourne Primary School, who won with his artistic cricket drawing

Runners-up were Evan, 9, who won second prize and Martha, 11, winning third. Evan and Martha are from Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School.

Laura said: “We live in Ashbourne and as the principal contractor for the project, we were keen to involve the community in some way. As the children will be using the pavilion, we thought the drawing competitio­n would be the perfect way of getting them engaged.

“It’ll be great for them to see their artwork on display at sports day.

“It’s been a real privilege for us to build the new pavilion – the perfect project.”

A donation has also been made by Enrok to the three schools that got involved.

Once completed, the pavilion will serve as a wide-reaching new facility for sports and community groups, not only transformi­ng the opportunit­ies for sports teams and clubs, but also offering a new open space for community groups to meet.

The new facility, which replaced a crumbling Memorial Pavilion that had long-since served its purpose, was developed by a small group of volunteers, who attracted hundreds of thousands of pounds of outside funding.

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 ?? ?? Laura Mallisch presenting winner Millie with a prize
Laura Mallisch presenting winner Millie with a prize
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Joshie with his winning entry
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How the pavilion will look when completed

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