WATCH out Bassetlaw Council’s planning department - pupils have been busy putting their ideas together on improving Retford onto paper in a competition organised by the Retford Civic Society.
Prizes have been awarded for their first Letter Writing Competition, which was open to Year Five students in Retford primary schools.
The theme was ‘Our Neighbourhood – What is Good, What is Bad, and What Could Be Made Better?’, and letters were addressed to the then Mayor of Retford, Coun Ian Campbell, as part of work in schools on community involvement.
Retford Civic Society sponsored the competition in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Retford and Retford Lions Club.
The judges were impressed with the standard of all the entries, but finally awarded first prize to Carr Hill Primary School, with winning entries from Jenny Cheung, Shauna Askew and Emily Marshall.
Second prize went to Ordsall Primary School with a winning entry from Molly McCaffery.
The schools received money to spend on books on the environment and citizenship, and the winning students each received a book token. These were then presented in school assemblies by the mayor and representatives of the organisations which sponsored the competition.
The civic society is preparing a report on the children’s comments on our town and their suggestions for improvements, which will be sent on to all local councillors and other organisations.