A CHILD from a school near Wrexham has had her Christmas card picked as the best by the Bishop of St Asaph.

Six-year-old Eva Nicholas, who attends Borderbrook VC School, on the border of Wrexham and Cheshire, has been announced as the winner of the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron's annual Christmas card competition.

Copies of the card will now be sent by Bishop Gregory to his family and friends all over the world.

The Bishop presented Eva and her classmates with certificates at Borderbrook School.

Bishop Gregory described Eva's design as representing 'sheer happiness and joy'.

Eva’s design was one of almost one thousand entries into the annual competition, with joint second and third prizes being awarded to children in Whitford and Ruthin and Eglwysbach and Hawarden.

Bishop Gregory said: “I’m particularly delighted with this year’s design because of the sheer happiness and joy that the image represents.

“Christians believe the message of Jesus’ birth is a message of joy to the world and that makes this design particularly fitting.

"Having met Eva this morning, I realise this happiness and joy is a reflection her own personality. She was over the moon to have won and I was thrilled to have joined her and the rest of the school for their Wednesday Worship.

“This year’s selection of pictures, as is always the case, shows a wealth of talent, with great care and attention being taken to the designs- and lots of colour.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition, the judging panel enjoyed looking at all the submissions.

“December is an important and busy time in all church schools as they reflect on the importance of advent and look ahead to Christmas.”

In joint second place were Lana Davies from Ysgol Y Llan in Whitford and Alice Griffiths from Ysgol Borthyn in Ruthin

Joint third prizes went to Finlay Dinsdale from Hawarden Village school and Cari Helen Hughes from Ysgol Eglwysbach in Colwyn Bay.

All the prize winners receive a book token and certificate. In addition, Eva receives an enlarged print of her design, along with 10 Christmas cards so she can send them to her family and friends.

Certificates were also given to the children in Borderbrook whose work gained either a Very Highly Commended or Highly Commended status.