Nigel Evans Encourages Ribble Valley Primary Schools to Design Christmas Stamps Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, has written to the Primary Schools in the area to let them know of the Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp Competition 2017. This is on the fourth time in history that the Christmas stamps will be designed by school children. The competition is also open to home-schooled children. This year’s theme is “What does the Christmas season mean to you?” Those making the designs are urged to keep this in mind with their designs. Speaking about the competition, Nigel said: “The Royal Mail Christmas stamps are quintessentially British and are what really signal Christmas for me. It would be a fantastic prize for a child to have their design picked as the winner. This is why I am encouraging as many Ribble Valley schools to take part as possible. “Sending letters and cards by post is an art which has suffered over recent years and I think this is a great shame. Receiving a physical Christmas card is a treasured experience and one which I wouldn’t want to become rare. “I wish the best of luck to all the children from the Ribble Valley entering the competition.” Two winning designs will be selected by a panel of judges to appear on one of the 1st class and one of the 2nd class 2017 Christmas Stamps. These will then put sent to HM The Queen for approval. More information on the competition can be found at www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition - resource packs are available from this webpage.