Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

11 DEC 2015

Gabrielle Panayides wins Christmas Card competition

Gabrielle Panayides, from Sparsholt Primary School, has won Steve Brine's fifth annual Christmas Card competition.

The 8 year old is following in the footsteps of previous winners Daisy Conway, Eleanor Ring, Liam Skeat and Ellis Gauntlett Boak, and won first place with painting of the Angel Gabriel celebrating the 'spirit of Christmas'. Gabrielle, who also won the Year Four prize, now wins a family ticket for this year's Jack & the Beanstalk pantomime courtesy of Theatre Royal Winchester.

This year saw over 300 entries from 10 schools whittled down to a shortlist of finalists, and the entries were judged by celebrated Hyde artist Josephine Chisholm.

As well as the main prize, there were also a range of year group winners and commendations. Toby Chambers from Princes Mead School won the Reception year prize, and Izzy Hamilton from Kings Worthy Primary won Year One. A full list of year group winners and pictures of the winning designs are available at

There were also special commendations for Summer Allen from South Wonston Primary School and Thea Simpson of St Faith's C of E Primary School.

The Year Group winners all receive family tickets to Marwell Zoo, and all the paintings are now on display in the Children's Library at the Winchester Discovery Centre until Christmas.

Speaking after the judging, Steve Brine said: "Another record year for entries and I was delighted so many schools were able to allow their children to take part. As ever, I am really grateful for everyone who helped to make this happen, including our sponsors Theatre Royal Winchester and Marwell Wildlife, as well as Winchester Discovery Centre who once again have been so kind and generous with their time and space.

"My congratulations go to Gabrielle and all the Year Group and Commendation winners, and of course, to Josephine Chisholm who was a fantastic judge."

Pictured; Gabrielle is presented with her prize at Sparsholt Primary School


More information ...

Josephine Chisholm

Theatre Royal

Marwell Zoo

View all the winning entries at Steve Brine's dedicated Christmas Card Competition page

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