Youngsters have designs on logo

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When members of the Cowthorpe Community Forum decided to run a competition for youngsters in the village to design a logo for the Forum, they never expected to receive so many entries with so many clever ideas.

An organiser said judges, Ian Hartley, Mona Wardale, Gilly Trier and Roger Marsden had a difficult task.

At a presentation supper hosted by Jacqui and Roger Marsden, eight youngsters received awards to recognise their excellent entries.

The overall winner was Matt Livesey for his modern interpretation of the symbolic oak tree providing communication and growth for Cowthorpe Community Forum.

In joint second place and receiving Highly Commended Merit Awards were TJ Stothard (age seven–10 category) and Archie Tanner (age 11–19 category).

Commendation awards went to Lucy and Peter Scott (age one–six category), Chelsea Stothard (age seven-10 category), Lochlain Purves (age 11–19 category).

A special award was made to Cameron Purves for Pictorial Merit.

BBC presenter Tanya Arnold, Master of Ceremonies for the Presentation of Awards, handed out the award to overall winner Matt Livesey and the sponsor of the winning entry Arnold Warneken of Goosemoor Organics, who also made the presentations.

Several members of the village generously contributed to the prize fund for the other awards.

As part of Goosemoor Organics sponsorship, Arnold organised for the winning entry to be passed to a graphic designer who will develop Matt’s idea into a professional logo format for use by the Forum in its future communications.

All of the other entries had sufficient merit that they will be used in publicity, fund raising and sponsorship as the Forum moves on to its next stage of development.

A display of entries is on show to visitors in St Michael’s Church in Cowthorpe this month.