Handwriting competition goes from strength to strength

By 5th October 2016News

Running for over 38 years the East of England Agricultural Society’s prestigious Queen Mothers handwriting competition remains steadfast in the 21st century.

The competition supported by Cross pens invites schools from across our region to take part to strengthen their handwriting skills. Volunteer judges whom are all past head teachers of schools select poems for the children to copy. These poems are carefully selected to include an increased level of punctuation, length of line and overall content for each class.

Four classes are made up from entries of Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and plus a special class which considers the special needs of the pupils. When selecting the winning entries the judges look in detail for correct copying of the poem, the formation of letters and words, correct positioning of punctuation and the overall presentation.

This year’s competition saw record entries of 6031 with first place winning awards going to Kings Hedges School, Cambridge, Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, Cambs and Friars Academy Wellingborough Northants.

Organiser of the competition Gemma Killingworth: “it’s fantastic that we are able to continue with this prestigious competition, the Society feels very strongly about the basic education needs of children and the handwriting competition allows schools, pupils and teachers to enjoy the rewards of their hard work.”

A presentation of certificates and an engraved Cross Pen took place on 28th September 2016 at Cromwell Community College.

From the left. Ella Harness 3rd prize, Jodi Dawson 2nd prize, Ellie Waters 1st prize.




Ruth Trolove

Ruth Trolove

Ruth works across a number of society events, including the East of England Farming Conference, Shuttleworth Lecture and Winter Stock Festival. Ruth is also the point of contact for Cultiv8 and the Society membership.