Children’s Norfolk Day art competition to design special religious scarf

Revd Graham Kirk-Spriggs with young choristers Isaac Schaad, Elizabeth Henson and Harry Henson promo

Revd Graham Kirk-Spriggs with young choristers Isaac Schaad, Elizabeth Henson and Harry Henson promote a stole design competition for Norfolk Day.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

As Norfolk Day approaches dozens of community events have been organised around the county. This week we focus on a children's art competition.

Norfolk Day Logo

Norfolk Day Logo - Credit: Archant

Children are being invited to get creative and design a religious item of clothing for Norfolk Day.

The contest has been launched by St Peter Mancroft church in Norwich to create a design for a stole.

A stole is similar to a long scarf and is worn by a priests and deacons.

The competition is open to eight-12-year-olds and entries need to be sent in by Friday, June 8.

As part of the prize, the winning design will be turned into a stole to be worn during a special Celebrating Norfolk Service at St Peter Mancroft church on Chantry Road at 9.30pm on Friday, July 27.

The Ecumenical celebration is open to anyone and will be led by the Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

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Graham Kirk-Spriggs, curate at St Peter Mancroft church, said: 'This competition is a really exciting opportunity for children to put their creative hats on and think about what makes Norfolk special to them.

'As well as celebrating Norfolk Day in a unique way we plan to use the stole at other services in the future so the winner will be contributing something very special to the history of our church, and the future of Christian witness in Norfolk.

'We're also hoping to send it on tour around the county.

'At St Peter Mancroft we love to encourage creativity and excellence in the arts so we hope that this competition, with its unusual prize, inspires lots of children to take part.'

Designs have to be Norfolk themed and stole maker Sally Prendergast will turn the winning entry into the religious garment.

It will be commissioned by St Peter Mancroft church and Mr Kirk-Spriggs hopes the Norfolk Day stole will tour around county churches.

The winner will receive £30 in gift vouchers. Two runner-up prizes of £20 and £10 in gift vouchers will be awarded.

All competition entries will be on display in St Peter Mancroft church.

To get a stole design template visit can be dropped off in a box in the church, posted to Stole Competition, The Church Office, The Chantry, Norwich, NR2 1QZ, or emailed as a PDF or JPEG to

?Send in details of Norfolk Day events to, tweet @norfolk or message the Norfolk Day Facebook page.

Norfolk Day shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials, visit the Norfolk Day shop.

Estimated delivery time for the items is 28 days.