St Albans pupil's epic day of adventure after winning Hertfordshire Heroes art competition

Published: 06 Jun 2019

Alfie Douglas, a pupil at Garden Fields JMI School in St Albans, enjoyed a day of activities after winning a school art competition run by Hertfordshire County Council.

His prize, courtesy of our military colleagues, was a day of adventure at Northwood HQ – the UK’s principal military headquarters - where he and a friend spent the day sailing, rock climbing and shooting.

Alfie was a winner in the sixth Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant (promoted as Hertfordshire Heroes) Christmas Art competition for his eye-catching poppies-themed picture. Held last December, the competition saw over 800 Key Stage 2 pupils from across Hertfordshire create artwork around the theme of the WW1 centenary.

Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board Chairman, Cllr Terry Douris said: “Alfie’s striking artwork was chosen by staff at Northwood HQ and shared with serving UK military personnel who are separated from their families over Christmas.

“We understand our annual competition provides enormous festive cheer to our serving military personnel who may be based in all corners of the world, far from families and friends. I hope Alfie and his friend enjoyed a taste of the exciting activities provided by Northwood HQ.

“The experiences these families have enjoyed at Northwood HQ bring to life the Covenant aim of joining together military and civilian communities and we hope their trip will leave lasting memories.”

As signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, Hertfordshire County Council is responsible for organising and supporting Hertfordshire Heroes. The covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations to support both active and retired armed forces residents living and working in Hertfordshire, so is a vital lifeline for our military community.

It promotes an understanding and awareness among the public of the armed forces community by developing strong relationships and supporting activities which help integrate serving and ex-military personnel into local life.

The Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board has been established to deliver these promises and encourage the civilian community to develop a better understanding of the armed forces’ unique role and issues.

Pic cap: Climbing the dizzy heights at Northwood HQ – Year 4 pupil Alfie Douglas enjoying his epic prize. Photo credit - Crown Copyright (Photo by Mark Rawlings).