Published: Monday, 23rd May 2022

Rainham residents are invited to celebrate their town by submitting designs for a new town sign in this Platinum Jubilee year.

A new town sign is due to be installed in the town centre will celebrate the town and give a strong first impression to visitors. Residents are being encouraged to come up with their own artistic and colourful designs which reflect the Rainham’s history and present day character. Designs could include local landmarks, people or Rainham’s agricultural and industrial history or sport.

The deadline for the competition has been extended to Friday, 10 June and a judging panel will decide on the winning entry or entries which will be converted into the final design by a professional artist. All the entries will go on display during the summer at Rainham Library and the winner or winners of the competition will be invited to the official unveiling.

Residents are encouraged to use this template for their designs. 

The Tenterden sign features a ship on a crest above the name of the town.

Residents are invited to submit their own designs for the new Rainham town sign. Here is an example of the Tenterden sign. Credit: Ashford Borough Council

Marking the Platinum Jubilee

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “We wanted to find a way to mark this most important year of the Platinum Jubilee in Rainham and provide a welcome to the town that will endure for year. It is a special way to mark the occasion. Over recent years the people of Medway have shown how creative they can be, so we want to celebrate the best of our local talent by inviting the sign to be designed by our local residents. We hope this will be of great interest locally and look forward to judging the best ones and getting the sign up in this Jubilee year.”

Showcasing creativity

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, and Child-Friendly Medway Champion, Cllr Martin Potter, said: “This is a wonderful way to mark the Platinum Jubilee year and I would like to encourage local residents and particularly our children and younger residents to showcase their creativity with designs celebrating the town. Over recent years I have had the pleasure of seeing at first-hand just how creative Medway’s young people can be and I am looking forward to seeing the designs submitted.”

The competition closes at 5pm on Friday, 10 June and designs may be submitted along with contact details, in hard copy by post to Communications Team, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR or emailed to Residents can download a template to email across. 

Terms and conditions

  1. The competition is open to all Medway residents.
  2. Entries can be individual.
  3. By submitting an entry, you consent to your design being considered for the competition and confirming you have read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions.
  4. By submitting an entry, you consent to your design being displayed in an exhibition (using your first name only).
  5. Entrants understand that designs submitted may be used in whole or part to inspire the final design which will then be replicated on the sign.
  6. The winning entrant(s) will be contacted in early June by email or by telephone.
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