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Schoolchildren win prizes in royal skip design contest

Somerset schoolchildren have scooped top regal prizes in a competition to design artwork to decorate a Coronation themed skip to mark King Charles III’s investiture.

Bridgwater primary school pupils entered the S Roberts Group contest to create the best royal artwork. The winning creation and topper will be displayed on The Drove before May 6.

Vicky Owens, Director at the family-run waste management company, said: “We asked a selection of local schools to enter our competition. We had so many entries it was wonderful and we were so delighted. From the large number we received, we selected two winners. Sage Beckford (pictured main page), aged 11, from Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre was crowned as our main winner. Her showstopping design will be the wrap on the main body of our skip.

“Elena Walker (pictured right), aged 10, from Spaxton C of E Primary School, was also picked as a winner and her wonderful design will be on display on the crown above our Coronation skip. We’d like to thank them both for creating such fabulous artwork.

“We were amazed by the quality and number of wonderful entries we received. It was a really difficult choice to make but we decided in the end that Sage and Elena showed some exceptional ideas and beautifully detailed entries, which we couldn’t resist. They’re just perfect for us!”

Sage and Elena were both presented with Coronation themed goodie bags including a book about King Charles III and will have their designs featured on a skip on display on The Drove in Bridgwater in time for the Coronation weekend.

The two runners-up from Spaxton C of E Primary School were Aemilia Tilley, aged seven, who came second, and Reuben Eade, aged eight, who came third. The runners up from Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre were Lily Norman, aged nine, who was selected as second place winner and Emilia Menyhart, aged 11, who scooped third place.

All the runners up also received regal goody bags.

Vicky added: “The winners’ schools each receive a complimentary skip to help them with their recycling and both schools are invited later this year to visit us as part of a recycling project. This is something the schools, their pupils and we are very passionate about and committed to.” 

S Roberts Group’s wealth of experience spans more than 90 years. It’s one of the South West’s leading waste management companies. It provides specialist industry and geographical knowledge to advise commercial and domestic clients on the best possible waste solutions.

Based in Bridgwater, Somerset, the third-generation firm is run by Vicky and her sister Beccy Roberts, who took over the business from their father, Terry, in 2004.

For further details, please call 01278 422521 or visit

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