Congratulations to King’s Ely Junior pupil, Rowan Chadwick-Redfarn, who has been crowned a winner in a poetry competition organised to celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation!

The creative contest was organised by East Cambridgeshire District Council, and Rowan’s winning entry will feature in an illustrated anthology of twenty shortlisted poems from across the district. We are delighted to confirm that a further three of the shortlisted entries are written by King’s Ely Junior pupils – Olivia D’Souza, Imogen Matthews, and Siriya Paragon.

Under 18s from across the Ely area were invited to enter the competition by creating an illustrated poem, entitled ‘If I were King Charles for the day’.

Rowan’s fabulous poem was voted in the ‘top three’ by judges, and in keeping with the King’s love for the environment, Rowan received a £50 National Garden gift voucher.

A copy of the anthology in which Rowan’s, Olivia’s, Imogen’s and Siriya’s poems will be published, will be sent to the King. All shortlisted competition entries are also on display at the District Council’s headquarters at The Grange in Nutholt Lane, Ely, throughout June and July.

District Councillor Julia Huffer, said: “We were astounded with the quality, diversity and imagination shown in all of the entries we received. Whittling the applicants down to twenty was certainly a tough ask. As well as being a fun and entertaining read, I was genuinely touched by how many entries referenced the environment, caring for others and doing good deeds. Eating lots of cake was mentioned quite a bit too!”

Image: Rowan receiving his prize at the District Council offices with the support of his little cousin, Olive.


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