Over the past few weeks 2 of our staff have been helping to judge the 2015 entries for the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition.

Helen Jamieson our Customer Services Manager, and Rita McWilliam who manages our library at the Woodlands Centre have volunteered as judges for the past 3 years.

This year both Helen and Rita judged over 30 stories each and were very impressed by the high standard of writing, creativity and imagination the children brought to their stories.

The highest scoring entries are now being collated and a judging panel will produce a shortlist of the top 50 entries which will be announced on 9th May.

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the final at St James’s Palace on 29th May for the live broadcast of the Radio 2 Chris Evans breakfast show and the names of the 6 finalists and the overall winners will then be announced.

All the judges who took part in the competition will be entered into a prize draw and winners will receive a pair of tickets to attend the broadcast of the Chris Evans breakfast show on 29th May – so keep your fingers crossed for Helen and Rita!