In spite of cold and unsettled weather 35 entrants aged four to 83 braved the elements to return another fine collection of paintings in this annual competition celebrating what Hayfield means to artists young and old.
The organisers, Hayfield Civic Trust, were particularly pleased to have attracted an entry in the Best Young Artist category for 17-25 year olds. They have been trying to encourage interest from this age group for some years and hope that this will be the beginning of a trend. The winners in each class were:
Aged four and under: 1st Prize Edward Flack; Aged five and six: 1st Prize Ellie Rope – 2nd Prize Amy Williams; Aged seven and eight: 1st Prize Beth Hindle – 2nd Prize Lily Dalkinstrube; Aged nine and ten: 1st Prize Harry Bloor – 2nd Prize Phoebe Coverley; Aged 11 and 12: 1st Prize Rosie Stables; Aged 13 and 14: 1st Prize Josie Mann – 2nd Prize Ella Ingham; Best Young Artist Aged 17 to 25: Josh Arden;
Senior Artists: 1st Prize – Stephen Wise – Joint 2nd Prize James Horton and Alice Rope; Best Local Artist: Stephen Wise.
The first senior artist prize was presented by Cllr Eva Hodgson. Hayfield Parish Council sponsors this prize and the winning entry joins their collection on display in the Village Hall.
Claire Parker, Head Teacher at Hayfield Primary School, presented prizes in the other categories. She was so impressed with the day that she promised a particular effort to promote the event amongst her pupils next year.