THE GRAFTA 2014 COMPETITION
What an amazing event, out of the 820 children who participated, our professional judges whittled that number down to 90 nominees and also classified some work as highly commended. The standard of work was so high it didn’t make judging an easy task! The nominees were invited to the awards ceremony at The Pier House which was an unrivalled success with parents congratulating Bideford 500 on the professional quality of the evening.
The slide show above is a collection of photos of the gala awards night with the winners being awarded their golden envelopes and included the first ever ‘GRAFTA’ winner in 2013, Danny Cashmore presenting the 2014 winner William Bowden Ritchie with the Laureate Crown, plus some of the amazing entries that were submitted to the competition.
GRAFTA 2014 results
LAUREATE CROWN: William Bowden-Ritchie
William Bowden-Ritchie, a year 3 student from Appledore School highly impressed the judges with his Diary of John Sinnett which was entered in the Creative Writing category. He had undertaken a huge amount of local research about Thomas Benson and the Nightingale Scandal before writing a diary from the point of view of a cook on board ship. The aged presentation of the diary, using ink pen and utilising a seal created a very good first impression. William’s accompanying notes about his historical research showed thorough preparation and judges were impressed that he had undertaken this task to extend his handwriting skills. His project was highly original and creative, making him a much deserved winner of the most outstanding entry “The Laureate Crown”.
THE MOONBEAM AWARD: Effie Tolson
This new award for 2014 to commemorate Jennifer Gabriel-Powell was designed to encourage and nurture the very youngest of talents. 2014 winner was Effie Tolson, aged 5 years old from Monkleigh School who delighted judges with a song which she had written and performed solo in the Singing category. Judges were astounded by her confidence and clarity.
THE LIFETIIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Cyril Pascoe
A member of Bideford Town Band nominated Cyril Pascoe for this award for his services to the band over many, many years. Cyril was up against some incredibly worthy competition who had also been nominated for this award. After much deliberation by members of Bideford 500, it was decided that Cyril encompassed the ethos of The GRAFTAS. He had continuously supported youngsters in their pursuance of the musical arts and was a fine role model to them. Bideford 500 were delighted to award Cyril with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
WINNERS OF CATEGORIES:
DANCE: Tilly Lee (6) Appledore School – What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor
BAKING: Amelia Russell (10) St. Mary’s School 3 Witches, two tier cake
FREESTYLE: Jess Gluzman & Tigerlily Phillips Appledore School, Devoted To the Sailors Wives
PHOTO: Imogen Piaino (9) Monkleigh School Bideford 500
SINGING: Tabi Hill & Donna Keates (10) Appledore School Bideford History
POETRY; Harry Fanson (8) Monkleigh School Could You Beat the 8oclock Chimes?
ART; Appledore School (4-11) Bideford & Appledore Timeline
CHOIR: Monkleigh School Choir – Haul Away
FILM: Zsofia Droppa (10) St. Marys School The 3 Witches
INSTRUMENT: Andras Droppa (12) Bideford College Witches
CRAFT: Ben Tolson (8) Monkleigh School Lundy Island
WRITING: William Bowden Ritchie (Yr 3) Appledore School Diary of John Sinnett
DRAMA: Danny Cashmore (9) St. Mary’s Bideford History News
A complete list of all the winners and nominees, can be supplied by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries were displayed in a fabulous 2 day art exhibition celebrating our local heritage and talent in St. Mary’s Church on Bideford Heritage Day itself Saturday 28th June and also after the Heritage Service on Sunday 29th June.
The Grafta Award Night – Friday 27th June
The Pier House Westward Ho!
Creative writing (max 500 words short stories to be mounted on A4 sheet of paper)
Poetry(Must not exceed 30 lines – to be mounted on A4 sheet of paper)
Art & Design (Painting, Illustration, Graphic Design, Computer Art, etc mounted work if possible)
Photography (work to be suitably mounted)
Documentary or Film (Max 5 mins copied to disc – clearly labelled)
Crafts (Textiles, Woodwork, Ceramics, Metalwork etc, please package in named containers)
Baking (Cakes, Cookies etc, items are non returnable please package in suitable containers + name)
Dance (Solo or Group, any form, max 5 mins)
Drama (Solo or Group, Monologues, Sketches, Stand up comedy, Recitation etc max 5 mins)
Choir (Max 5 mins – Mimimum 6 choir members)
Instrumentalists (Solo, Duets, etc max 5 mins)
Solo Vocal Artist or Group/Band (Max 5 mins)
Freestyle (Circus Skills, Gymnastics, Magic, come and surprise us, Max 5 mins)
A very BIG thank you to everybody who entered, all the volunteers who helped, the local businesses who generously sponsored a prize of £50.00 each, Bideford Town Council,The Bridge Trust and Bideford 500 and to Graham Hobbs for Photography.
Thank you all.