Christmas Card Design Competition Rules

Harpenden Lions Club and Harpenden Cares

This competition challenges young people to produce a design for a Christmas card that will be printed and sold in support of the charitable activities of Harpenden Cares (our local community led response to the coronavirus). The design theme is ‘Christmas in a Covid World’ and the judges will be looking for creative and colourful design ideas that celebrate the joy and cheer of Christmas, while also acknowledging the current coronavirus pandemic and its impact.  For the rules of the competition please see below.


  1. The competition is organised and promoted by Harpenden Lions Club, with the approval of Harpenden Cares.
  2. Entries must be submitted online and will be judged by a panel of representatives from Harpenden Lions Club and Harpenden Cares.
  3. There are two age categories:
    a) 9 and under
    b) 10 to 16
    There will be a single winner in each age group, who will receive a £25 gift voucher plus 10 Christmas cards of their own design. Entrants will be deemed to have given permission to Harpenden Lions Club and Harpenden Cares to freely reproduce their design.
  4. The theme of the card design competition is ‘Christmas in a Covid World’. Entrants should produce a colourful design that can be scaled to A5 or A6 size for printing (an aspect ratio of approximately 1.41:1) in either portrait or landscape orientation. Designs may be drawn, painted or produced digitally and must be suitable for high quality reproduction. Digital designs must be original and not use stock images or clip art.
  5. Entries should be scanned to produce a high resolution digital file using either PDF or JPEG format and emailed to together with the entrant’s name, age and postcode and their parent or guardian’s email address and phone number. The closing date for entries is Sunday 15 November 2020. This email address can also be used to ask any specific questions about the competition, alternatively call the Harpenden Lions Helpline on 0345 833 7426.
  6. Harpenden Lions Club will convert the winning Christmas card designs into a format that is suitable for professional printing at A6 size, print the cards and underwrite the costs. The cards will include a greetings message inside and the name and age of the card designer on the back.
  7. The cards will be offered for sale in packs of 10 and the net proceeds will be donated to Harpenden Cares to support their charitable activities. Details of sales outlets and online ordering options will be posted on the Harpenden Lions Club website and elsewhere from early November.

Harpenden Lions Club Art Competition

With thanks to all entries to our competition we are pleased to announce the 9 winners in the 3 age categories. All winners received a certificate and prize voucher.
The standard of the entries was terrific and the judges from TASHE, The Art Society Harpenden Evening, said how much they enjoyed judging the entries even under difficult circumstances.
In addition to the winners the judges awarded 8 “Highly Commended“ entries which we will show shortly.
Our thanks again to all the entries and to the judges for their hard work



Harpenden Lions Club regret to announce that their 2020 Highland Gathering, due to take place in Rothamsted Park Harpenden on Sunday 12 July, has been cancelled. The Chair of the Highland Gathering Committee, Mohan Cashyap, said “This decision was not reached lightly, but in view of the current Coronavirus Pandemic status and Government advice, we cannot continue to plan the event with any confidence that it will be allowed to take place. To delay any longer would have exposed Harpenden Lions Club to costs that we might not be able to recover.”
The first Highland Gathering organised by Harpenden Lions Club took place on 22 June 1996 and the 2020 event would have been their 25th. The Highland Gathering is a hugely popular annual family fun day, which includes all the traditional Scottish Highland Games events, marching pipe bands, dancing, stage performances, arena displays and children’s events. Harpenden Lions Club intend that the Highland Gathering will return in July 2021, bigger and better than ever and hope that the public will demonstrate their support by attending in large numbers.
The Club have agreed that the 2020 charities (The Alzheimer’s Society and Harpenden Lions Club Charities – including their Life Skills Programme for local schools) will now be the beneficiaries of the 2021 Highland Gathering. Members of the public who would like to support these charities in the meantime can do so through the Harpenden Lions Club Charitable Trust, by visiting or the JustGiving page at Email address:

Highland Gathering 2020

Harpenden Lions Club regret to announce that their 2020 Highland Gathering, due to take place in Rothamsted Park Harpenden on Sunday 12 July, has been cancelled.

We do not want our beneficiaries to lose out this year because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and therefore we have set up a Just Giving Website for individuals to donate to the Harpenden Charitable Trust so that we can continue to support the nominated Charities, namely The Alzheimers Society and Harpenden Lions Club Charities  including their Life Skills Programme for local schools.

If you wish to donate please go to