Budding artists from Newtonhill Primary School in Stonehaven put pen to paper for an art competition set by Brio Retirement Living.

The children from all classes throughout the school were invited to take part and paint or draw a picture of a special memory that they have with a member of their family.

An amazing 257 pictures were entered with topics ranging from days out and holidays to picnics and parties, with many including grandparents as well as parents and siblings.

Judges of the competition were Karl Hallows, Director of Development and Sales at Brio Retirement Living and Caroline Fife, the Duchess of Fife, landowner and developer of Chapelton in Aberdeenshire.

They have now selected a winner and runner up from each year group. They will go on to have their paintings framed and presented to them, along with a gift voucher, at a future school assembly by Ashleigh Baldwin, local marketing co-ordinator for Brio Landale Court – Brio Retirement Living’s latest retirement community set in the heart of Chapelton.

All the paintings will be displayed on the hoardings that will be put up around Brio Landale Court as work on phase two gets underway. They will be unveiled ahead of the annual Chapelton bike ride and 5k sponsored walk taking place on Sunday 1 September 2019.

Karl Hallows said: “We were both overwhelmed with the phenomenal response and the effort of the local school children. It was wonderful to see how much thought and imagination the children had put into the paintings and how many special memories the children obviously have with their families.”

Caroline Fife added: “It was so much fun, although choosing the winners from all of the talent we saw was incredibly hard. The memories depicted were both poignant and reflective of fun family days out, and really struck a chord with the judges. We would like to thank Newtonhill Primary School for agreeing to take part and look forward to unveiling the paintings.”

The winning pictures will be framed and displayed in the hobby room in the retirement community and all entries will be bound in a book to be kept in the residents’ lounge.

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