L-R Andy Maddocks, Tom Dodd, Aimee Phillips, Imogen Nichols and Keith Wood, Chairman of The Billericay Reading Rooms

Article by Libby McBride: The Reading Rooms in Billericay recently set four schools the challenge of designing a logo and the winners have been announced.

The competition is a continuation of projects over the previous two years, to celebrate the organisation's 150th anniversary.

Pupils from Buttsbury, Quilters, St John's and St Peter's were tasked with producing up to five designs for the website and letter headings.

The winning design came from three pupils at Buttsbury Primary School- Aimee Phillips, Tom Dodd and Imogen Nichols.

The school received a cheque for £100, £30 of which will be shared among the winners. The remainder will be spent on books for the school library.

Vice Chairman of the Billericay District Residents Association, Andy Maddocks, presented the pupils with their prize, on Wednesday (July 13).

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Andy Maddocks"]The competition was a tremendous success. All pupils that took part thoroughly enjoyed it. The school has said they want to be involved in any future projects.[/quote]

The Reading Rooms, on the town's High Street, were founded in 1864 by the local squire, Major James Spitty to offer free reading material to the public.

Today, the rooms are used by a variety of groups and individuals for classes, lectures, meetings and functions.

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