June 2020 Competition

And the winners are...

Thank you to all the members who entered the competition for the entertainment you have given us. Thanks to our voters for joining in the fun, without you it wouldn’t have been a competition.

To add some critical view on the entries I asked our South Lakes U3A group leaders from the appropriate groups to tell us in their view on who they thought were the overall winners. I would like to thank Stella Canwell from Poetry & Prose and Nicky Beeson from Digital Photography for their enthusiasm in doing this. As well as winners they suggested some others worthy of special mention, I have listed them below their first place entries.

To my delight, when I asked our group leaders for Writing for Pleasure to judge too, they declined because the wanted to enter themselves. So only the members have selected first, second and third in the prose section. It was interesting to see how broad a spectrum was covered in the voting in all categories.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Peter Bunney our SLU3A webmaster for his unstinting support and skill in making the competition work on the website.

Kindest regards and stay well.
Hilary Claxton


Members – 1st Place: Viranelle, by Mike Hardy

Members – 2nd place: My Lockdown Garden, by Elaine Dunnington

Members – 3rd Place: We are Well-behaved in our House, by Jenny Mackness

Judges – 1st Place: What Could Be Clearer?, by George Watson


Members – 1st Place:  Love in the Time of Coronavirus, by Ken Orford

Members – 2nd Place: Lockdown Farm, by Bob Wells

Members – 3rd Place: Things Will Be Back to Normal Next Week, by Phil Hayes


Members – 1st Place: Hello and Goodbye – Virtual Lockdown Hugs at the Conservatory Door, by Phil Hayes

Members – Joint 2nd Place: What Interesting Things Will My Life Bring, by George Thorpe

Members – Joint 2nd Place: Flowers Die As Time Goes By, by Mary Law

Judges 1st Place: The Only Visitors We Get These Days, by Roy Knowles

The judges pick for special mention from other genres are:
Portrait: Hello and Goodbye – Virtual Lockdown Hugs at the Conservatory Door
Landscape: The Serenity of My Lockdown Garden

All entries can be seen here.......

Poetry Competition - ‘Life in Lockdown’
 - The entries can be anything from an amusing ditty or Limerick to a deep and meaningful Elegy.

Prose Competition – Short Story – ‘Lockdown’
 - A short Story with a connection to the present lockdown. Maximum length 2 A4 sides

Photographic Competition - ‘The garden in lockdown’
– Anything from a snapshot of a favorite flower to a graphic image of your own hide away space for meditation and reflection.

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