BUDDING artists headed to the council offices in Farnborough to receive awards for the Rushmoor in Bloom Painting Competition.

Over 60 children entered the competition, judged by members of the Rushmoor in Bloom Forum.

Winners from the five categories received certificates from the Mayor of Rushmoor, Coun. Brian Jupp, and prizemoney from the sponsor Clive Bryant from Butterfly Press, soon to be based in North Town, Aldershot.

Said the Mayor: "It was lovely to meet so many budding young artists and I am pleased to announce that Laura Winstanley, who won the Class 3 category, also won the "Best Poster Competition".

"This means her painting has been chosen to be on the front cover of the 2003 Rushmoor in Bloom brochure. Unfortunately she couldn't be with us at the presentation but we will be asking her to press the button to start the printing of the new brochure next year."

The winners were:

Class 1 - up to seven years of age.

1st Harriet Coppock - South Farnborough Infant School. 2nd Shalee Boswell - South Farnborough Infant School. 3rd Joe Jones - Henry Tyndale School. 3rd Abigail Cave - Henry Tyndale School.

Class 2 - Eight to ten years of age.

1st Sian Brooks - Cove Junior School. 2nd Rebecca O'Flanagan - Cove Junior School. 3rd Dale Allard - Marlborough County Infant School.

Class 3 - 11-13 years of age.

1st Laura Winstanley - The Connaught School. 2nd Jodie McKeown - The Connaught School. 2nd Samra Hussain - The Connaught School. 3rd Hayley Graham - The Connaught School.

Class 4 - 14-16 years of age.

1st Natalie Watts - The Connaught School. 2nd John Mairs - The Connaught School. 3rd Victoria Campbell - The Connaught School.

Class 5 Assisted.

1st Rhianna Wise - Henry Tyndale School. 2nd Andrew Ervin-Dowle - Henry Tyndale School. 3rd Charles Humphrey - Henry Tyndale School.

PICTURED BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:

Clive and Francis Bryant, Butterfly Press, sponsors; the Mayor and Mayoress of Rushmoor, Coun and Mrs Brian Jupp; Coun. Rosemary Possee, Chairman of Rushmoor in Bloom Forum. Front row: Winners of the In Bloom Painting Competition.