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"Malpas 100 Years On" Committee are inviting entries for poems written to commemorate The First World War. The poetry competition launches activities in preparation for a three-day event taking place in Malpas on 9th, 10th & 11th November 2018. Poems will be selected for display during the commemoration weekend and an overall winning entry taken to Menin Gate in April.

Committee member Sharon Jones is visiting schools to encourage youngsters locally to develop their knowledge and understanding of The Great War. Liaising with Malpas Alport, Bickerton primary schools and Bishop Heber High School, Sharon is introducing colouring/drawing and poetry competitions to all ages. Engaging history learners in local/family research she hopes the young people of Malpas will gain a wider understanding of the impact The Great War had on their community, friends and family.

"We hope the whole community will get involved, the key message is to broaden the appreciation of 'Those That Gave All' for their country," says Sharon.

Open to local schools and the wider community the poetry competition is free to enter. *Entries close on 26th March. The selected overall winning entry from "Malpas 100 Years On" poetry competition is to be put forward for display by The British Legion Riders Branch at Menin Gate during their visit in April. The Menin Gate Memorial is dedicated to British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient who have no known grave.

*Entry Conditions for Malpas 100 Years On Poetry Competition March 2018.

1. Entry categories: Junior ages 7 — 10 years, Senior ages 11 — 17 years, Community 18 years and over.

2. Maximum length, excluding title and any blank lines: Short Poem -10 lines.

3. Each entered poem, including its title, should be clearly written or typed single-spaced in a standard 10 or 12 point font on one side of a single A4 sheet. Include your name and entry category and school/year details if appropriate. Community entries to include contact details.

4. Entries close at midnight (local time) on 26th March 2018. Entries can be submitted through your school, via e-mail or delivered in an envelope marked "Poem" to the red Parish Council post box in Londis Shop on the High Street. — Entries after deadline cannot be accepted.

5. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition. Only one entrant per person.

6. Please keep a copy of your work, as we cannot return entries. Please check your entry before you send it, once submitted it cannot be changed.

7. The judge's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Results should be available on after 15th April 2018.

8. Copyright remains with the author, but "Malpas 100 Years On Committee" reserve the right to display entries on this website, and to display, broadcast, or use them in promotional literature for a period of twelve months after the competition's close. *Judges reserve the right not to consider submissions which do not comply with conditions outlined above.