A bridge of tales: Writing competition winners announced

Restored stonework on Clumber Bridge with view of church spire in the background

To celebrate the restoration of Clumber Park’s Ornamental Bridge, we invited submissions to our writing competition over the past few months and are pleased to announce the judges have made their decisions.

As the restoration project on our Ornamental Bridge neared its conclusion earlier this year, Clumber Park closed to the public, as the UK entered lockdown.

Despite a year of challenges and uncertainty, we were overwhelmed with the public’s support and enjoyed reading through the countless entries to our writing competition; A Bridge of tales: Clumber Park’s New Chapter.

Our panel of judges included local author, Stephen Booth and Managing Director of Made Magazine, Jon Rogers, as well as Clumber Park’s Senior Gardener, Shirley Roberts and General Manager, Beth Dawson.

After much deliberation, the panel selected their favourites from each category, which we are thrilled to share with you.

Category winners

Age 5- 9 – George Brown

Written with a refreshing dose of humour, George’s entry centred around Daniel the dog, who forms a band with his friends; Cara Cat, Tipsy Turtle and Bertie Bear.

Age 10- 13 – Reece Brown

Reece’s entry, The Magic Adventure, captivated judges with its tale of twins, Bob & George, exploring Clumber Park on their bikes

Age 14-17 – Bethany Hall

Bethany’s entry is full of creativity and invites the reader on an emotive journey, set in Clumber Park at night.

Age 18 – 25 – William Shaw

‘The Ornaments’ by William Shaw tells the tale of a bid to escape across the bridge on a peaceful autumn evening.

Age 26+ - Christine Tomblin

Written as the bridge itself, Christine’s entry is a light-hearted journey through our Ornamental Bridge’s 250-year history, growing old gracefully and looking ahead to brighter days, post-Covid.

Managing Director of Made magazine, Jon Rogers said: “This project captures the imagination and essence of Nottinghamshire and its amazing people.

“A creative project that brings folk together and acts as the perfect ‘bridge’ to epitomise the conclusion of this ornamental rebuild. A fitting example of re-joining in both symbolic and physical terms. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

All competition winners have their work printed in the November/December issue of Made magazine and receive a framed copy of the publication.

Read the winning entries in full here.