Ponds Project Writing Competition for Young People

In the Boating Pond on Hampstead Heath,
Not above the surface but beneath,
Was found a car from days gone by,
There it was left, we know not why.

Sitting below where small ships sail,
Its past could make a thrilling tale.
Please use your head, here’s your arena
To tell us about our Ford Cortina.

One thousand words you have to tell
Your own account of what befell
This car of which we’ve become so fond,
And how it came to lay in the pond.

Boating Pond 5th August 2015

Ford Cortina Mark 3 found in the Model Boating Pond

Calling all budding writers aged 11 to 15 (on 01 September 2015), we have something for you. At the beginning of August 2015 a Ford Cortina Mark 3 was discovered in the Model Boating Pond on Hampstead Heath. But how and why is it there?

Your challenge is to use your creativity and storytelling skills to write a short story, up to 1000 words long, which describes how the car ended up in the pond. From crime to romance. From thriller to fantasy. We are not looking for a true story, but an entertaining one. So get your thinking cap on and your imagination into overdrive.

We have some great prizes on offer. This competition will be judged in two age categories, 11 to 13 years (school years 7, 8 and 9) and 14 to 15 years (school years 10 and 11). The winner in each category will we awarded a season family pass to all Hampstead Heath swimming facilities and a £50 book voucher.

If you would like to find out more please email us at ponds.education@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call 020 7332 3738, and we will send you an application pack explaining how to enter. The closing date for the competition is 11 January 2016 at 23:55.

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