Holly Barham, age 9, with her winning artwork.

Senacre Wood Primary School came up trumps in this year’s art competition, run by organisers of the Vicar’s Picnic music festival.

More than 500 entries were submitted from schools all over West Kent as children put pencils to paper to come up with some animated artwork, including an entries from every year group at Allington Primary School and Tiger Primary School, Maidstone, and Bethersden Primary School, Ashford.

After much deliberation, judges came up with a shortlist from which local artist and graphic designer David Bray selected the winner and runners up. The overall winner was nine year-old Holly Barham from Senacre Wood Primary, with her colourful and vibrant musical scene.

Runners up were Georgia Morgan, also nine, from Senacre Wood Primary, and Lily Cox from Class 2a at Sandling Primary School.

All three will receive a family ticket for entry to the two-day music festival, held on the banks of the Medway in Yalding, on July 20 and 21 and Holly will have her artwork reproduced in the festival programme. Selected entries will be displayed at a special gallery at the festival, in the Kids’ Zone.

The festival is a home-grown family affair organised entirely by volunteers. Headline acts this year include Fun Lovin’ Criminals, StarSailor and Cast and some 4,000 people are expected to attend.

The Kids Zone is exceptional this year, with a circus workshop, Bushcraft, magic and Mucky Munchkins messy play. Notewrothy about Th Vicar's Picnic is that all kids' activities are included in the price of the ticket.

Rebecca Howard, from, who co-ordinated the competition, said: “There were some really fantastic entries and we had a very difficult time deciding on the winners. We have some very imaginative children in Maidstone – well done to them all!”

It is the sixth year the Vicar’s Picnic has taken place in Yalding, going from strength to strength each year. More than 25 bands are due to play, over two stages, with a poetry and comedy tent, with headliner Stephen K Amos appearing on the Saturday, and a non-stop dance tent featuring club legends Mr Doris and Norman Jay MBE.

Festival founder and co-organiser Dave King said: “We are fiercely proud of bringing the best growing event to Kent organised by the people of Kent. This year should be the best Vicar’s Picnic so far – a real family event.”

Several local charities have benefited from The Vicar’s Picnic in the past and this year’s beneficiaries will be West Farleigh-based children’s charity Dandelion Time and the Kenward Trust, which helps people recover from addiction.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased from the website


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