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Wake Up Wells

Wake Up Wells - Young People's Competition

Go to school in Wells or live in the city? Two new competitions are encouraging young people to get involved in designing the Wells they want to live in:

1. Writing Competition

Entries can be essay, short story or poetry format.

2. Art Competition

Entries can be any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, performance or video.

There are three age groups for each competition

School Years 7, 8, & 9   Years 10 & 11 and Years 12 & 13

Our theme is "Wells & Me":

This is your Wells and so the title for both the writing and art competition is Wells & Me.

What are we looking for?

Judges will be looking for original and creative interpretations which demonstrate understanding of the issues of living in Wells and that also generate potential solutions.

In your entries, think about the question  “How would you like Wells to be?”

Thinking of entering the writing competition? A poem must not exceed 20 lines in length and an essay or short story must not exceed 500 words in length

For the art completion, work should not exceed 2m in any dimension when framed.

Films must not be longer than 5 minutes.

Feel free to enter more than once if you’re feeling inspired!

There will be cash prizes or equivalent for the winners and runners up in each age group in both competitions who will also be featured in the local press. Winning entries will also be on display at Wells Town Hall and at a community event at Wells Cathedral in January 2019.

General Rules:
Must be the entrant’s own work, not previously published/shown
Entries may be used by Wake Up Wells for publicity or other purposes
Judges decision is final
Entries can come from any young person who either goes to school in Wells or is resident in Wells.
There is a limit of 3 entries per person.

Deadline for entries 14 September 2018

Entries to
Must include - Full Name, Age, School.
Videos to be uploaded to YouTube and then copy the video URL to the email address.  Art / Sculpture entries must be photographed and then submitted to the email address.


Take part in the survey!

Please click on bit.ly/wakeupwells to take part in the general survey.  

This is the link to the young people's survey bit.ly/wakeupwellsyoungpeople2018

If you are interested in taking part more broadly, helping organise or want more details about any of the events, the competition or the survey, please contact Kirstie Harris or Emma Lefevre at wakeupwells@gmail.com or message the Facebook page



Wake Up Wells - What Are We Trying To Do?


I am sure that many of you participate in discussions on the internet - perhaps following the local community groups on Facebook – and in conversations on the High Street and around Wells. Recently you may have noticed the enthusiasm of many voices expressing their concerns and dreams for a range of local issues.

As a result, a cross community group calling itself Wake Up Wells, has decided to try to capture the momentum with a vision of deepening communication and relationships within the community.

We are arranging a series of interactions and events that are designed to result in changes in the way that people work together – and which allow the communities energies to be directed at the issues that matter

Motivation and objectives

We are not starting with a “plan” and trying to sell it – we are interested in having a real conversation in Wells around the issues that matter to the community

For example, issues emerging on Facebook have included involving housing and infrastructure, the High Street, the new school uniform at the Blue School, dog poo and the future of Wells for teenagers.

We want to discover what the Big Dream is for the future of Wells!

During the bid for Wells to become the City of Culture in 2021 the proposals focussed on using culture to address challenges such as opportunities for young people, isolation and loneliness – especially within the elderly, the role of volunteering and growing tourism in a sustainable way

Focussing primarily on our community, rather than visitors, we also want to explore the future of our High Street, Environmental Issues, Enterprise and Education

But the exciting thing is that by engaging with the people of Wells, different ideas and perspectives are emerging that enhance the debate and offer possibilities that have not been tried before

So what are we actually going to do?

First, we are going to try to discover what people think about a range of issues by launching a questionnaire survey. In fact, two questionnaires – one specifically aimed at young people

Next we want to get organisations and key stakeholders together at a community stakeholders conference which will be held at the Town Hall on Sunday 7 October. This will be an opportunity to connect and collaborate – and for discussion informed by the survey feedback

Thirdly, we are organising a community celebration day to showcase all that is great about Wells. This will take place on Saturday 26 January 2019, in the nave of our magnificent cathedral (at a time when all the chairs will have been removed for the big clean)

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