Congratulations to Alicia Miller
Cartridge Discount’s National Young Writers competition looked to find the UK’s next budding novelist. Entrants were asked to submit a story of no more than 500 words, with the top three chosen from entries across the country.
Alicia Miller of Joydens Wood Junior School took first place in the competition, receiving £75 worth of book vouchers. Her creativity and natural flair for writing really stood out for the judges.
In second place was Noah Spottiswood from Brookburn Primary School in Chorlton, Manchester, taking home £50 worth of book vouchers. Hollie Hurle of Inglehurst Junior School in Leicester secured third place and received £25 of book vouchers.
Speaking about the competition, Neil Dutta, Managing Director of Cartridge Discount, said: “We were really impressed with the standards of entries and our judges had a tough time choosing the winners. A huge well done goes to Alicia, Noah and Hollie — we’re sure they have very bright futures ahead of them.”
£420 raised for the Save Our Stage fund
The Scarecrows arrived in Joydens Wood for the weekend of the 27th and 28th of June and caused a pleasant stir.
Over 30 scarecrows were exhibited in front gardens in the area and many, from our community and beyond, walked or drove the route to see and vote for their favourites.
The votes were counted at the Community Centre on Sunday the 28th after the 3.00 pm deadline and the winners were announced by the Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Ian Armitt, who also presented the prizes for first, second and third place. See the photos below.
Many came to the Centre to cast their votes, see if they had won and enjoy tea and cakes. The quizzes, face painting, bran tub and other attractions were a great hit with the children.
As this was the first Scarecrow Festival we had arranged, there were a number of sleepless nights in the run-up while we tried to imagine how it would go.
Were people going to enter scarecrows? Were people going to vote? Would people come to the Centre for the results? Would it rain? Would we have enough helpers for the Sunday afternoon?
In the end, the festival exceeded our highest hopes and met our objectives. These were:
- To put on an event that would attract all ages and get the community involved
- To raise some money towards works needed to the Community Centre stage
Our great thanks go to all the families that exhibited scarecrows, those who voted, visitors to the Centre for the Sunday afternoon event, the wonderful people who helped in the preparation of the event and on the day. We also thank our Mayor, Ian Armitt.
Based on feedback over the weekend and the fun we all had, we are thinking about next year!!!!!
Entrance Hall Refurbishment
Visitors to the Community Centre will have noticed we have refurbished what was a rather tired entrance hall. We are grateful that the entire works were funded by a grant from KCC and supported by Councillor Ann Allen MBE.
Our Association was formed for the benefit of the community in Joydens Wood and, following the development of Bexley Park, this area was included. We operate in accordance with our Scheme of Management incorporating our Constitution, and are governed under the direction of an Executive Committee of volunteers.
We work in the Community for the Community providing;
Council representation, friendly groups covering a wide age band, social events, annual events and manage
THE JOYDENS WOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE