The handwriting competition is open for children aged 7 – 13 with three different categories: ages 7 and under, ages 8 – 9 and ages 10 and over.

The challenge is to write out the passages below as neatly as you can. To enter, please fill out this form, ensuring you use the correct class number:

Ages 7 and under: 296

Ages 8-9: 297

Ages 10+: 298

Entries will be judged on the day of the show.

Good luck!

Best Handwriting 7yrs and under – “Buckingham Palace” A.A. Milne


They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

They’ve great big parties inside the grounds.

“I wouldn’t be King for a hundred pounds.”

Says Alice.

 Best Handwriting 8-9 years – “If I Were King” A.A. Milne


I often wish I were a King,

And then I could do anything.


If only I were King of Spain,

I’d take my hat off in the rain.


If only I were King of France,

I wouldn’t brush my hair for aunts.


I think, if I were King of Greece,

I’d push things off the mantelpiece.


If I were King of Norroway,

I’d ask an elephant to stay.


If I were King of Babylon,

I’d leave my button gloves undone.


If I were King of Timbuctoo,

I’d think of lovely things to do.


If I were King of anything,

I’d tell the soldiers, “I’m the King!”

Best Handwriting 10 years and over – “The King’s Breakfast” A.A. Milne


The King asked

The Queen, and

The Queen asked

The Dairymaid:

“Could we have some butter for

The Royal slice of bread?”

The Queen asked the Dairymaid,

The Dairymaid

Said, “Certainly,

I’ll go and tell the cow


Before she goes to bed.”


The Dairymaid

She curtsied,

And went and told

The Alderney:

“Don’t forget the butter for

The Royal slice of bread.”

The Alderney

Said sleepily:

“You’d better tell

His Majesty

That many people nowadays

Like marmalade