A circular drawing with The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 written at the top and Rainham Kent at the bottom. The drawing includes oast houses, a railway line, an orchard and a castle.
Natasha's winning sign
Published: Wednesday, 31st August 2022

A colourful sign designed by a resident will soon be installed in Rainham.

Natasha Springett, from Gillingham, has been crowned the winner of our Rainham town sign competition.

Residents were invited to celebrate their town by submitting designs for the new sign in this Platinum Jubilee year.

Natasha is a mechanical engineer and is also a leader with the 2nd Parkwood Brownies. Young members of the group also submitted designs for the sign as part of their jubilee activities.

The new sign is due to be installed outside Natwest, opposite the shopping precinct, later this year and residents are able to see all the entries at an exhibition at Rainham Library in Birling Avenue from Monday, 12 September until Saturday, 29 October.

Welcoming residents to the town for years to come

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “I would like to say congratulations to Natasha for her great design. We received some fantastic entries and the new sign is a great way to mark the Platinum Jubilee in Rainham and welcome residents to the town for years to come. I look forward to seeing the sign once it has been installed.”

Look at the fantastic designs at Rainham library

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, and Child-Friendly Medway Champion, Cllr Martin Potter, said: “I am delighted that many young people entered our Rainham town sign competition and I would encourage residents to go and look at the fantastic designs in Rainham library. As a member of judging panel we had a hard task choosing between entries, but Natasha’s design was a worthy winner and all the entries highlight the creative talent amongst our community.”

I am super proud 

Natasha said: “As a Brownie leader, I created my sign with the Brownies because I thought they’d enjoy it too. Then my fiancé jokingly said you’ll probably win, but I didn’t believe him as I’ve only ever won design competitions at school, never as an adult. I am super proud of myself and glad I entered. Maybe one day my future great grandchildren will see the sign and know their great nan designed it. How awesome is that?”

The judging panel included local community members and council representatives including the Mayor of Medway Cllr Jan Aldous, local businessman and former High Sheriff of Kent, John Weir JP and founder of the Rainham Bereavement Group and winner of The Queen’s Award for voluntary service, Julie Sharp.

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