Three lucky youngsters are proud owners of a much sought-after prize after winning the prize draw in Abergavenny Hub for The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016.  Noah Thomas aged 5 of Llantilio Pertholey, Sam Lama (6) of Goetre Fawr and Rhiannon Markovic Edwards (8) of Llanfoist primary schools each received an Acer tablet from hub staff Claire Cross and Julie Warburton.

To participate in The Big Friendly Read, children signed up at Monmouthshire’s community hubs and read at least six books while making a number of visits throughout the duration of the challenge.  They received a special collector’s folder and collected a special card featuring original Quentin Blake illustrations as they finished two books.  The Summer Reading Challenge places no restriction on reading material – picture books, audio books, joke books or fact books all count.

Nearly 200 children completed The Big Friendly Read in Abergavenny, receiving a certificate, medal, bookmark, key ring and a pair of rainbow glasses.  In addition, the generous support of Abergavenny Town Council and the community councils of Llantilio Pertholey and Grosmont with funds from a sponsored event organised by hub staff meant that Abergavenny could offer three tablets in the prize draw.

Speaking at Llantilio Pertholey Church in Wales Primary School, Gary Bevan, the local community council’s representative on the board of governors said: “Llantilio Pertholey Community Council is very pleased to donate funds towards prizes for Abergavenny’s Summer Reading Challenge.  We’re delighted that the three tablets have been won by pupils from schools across the area.”

County Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for community hubs said: “Reading can take a back seat during the long summer holidays if children don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.  This can cause problems for schools in the new term but the annual Summer Reading Challenge is a highlight of the holiday for many children and can only be beneficial if it inspires them to get stuck into a good book.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by the Reading Agency and delivered by library services throughout the UK.

More information is available from the council’s community hubs, or by contacting: FionaAshley@monmouthshire.gov.uk – telephone 01633 644906.