Young writers will be celebrated at a children’s night and awards evening.
The Children’s Night at the Mill will be held at Stotfold Watermill on Friday, October 25.
The building will be lit up as it would have been in the 19th century and there will be stories, poems and seasonal games with prizes.
It will also be an awards night for the mill’s first ever Children’s Story Competition. Some of the entries were from schools and others were from individuals.
Youngsters aged seven to 11 had to write a story called A Day in the Life of Milly Mouse.
Milly lives in the mill and entrants had to describe her character, her family and how she gets on with the mouse hating mill cats.
The three finalists are Alister Miller from St Mary’s School in Stotfold, Lauryn West from Roecroft Lower School in Stotfold and Heather Wright. Visitors to the mill have also awarded Heather the People’s Prize.
Eleven to 14-year-olds wrote the story, Alone in the Mill, about a young apprentice who hears a strange noise while working alone in the mill one night.
The finalists are Owen Wathen of Robert Bloomfield Academy in Shefford and Megan Taylor of Nottinghamshire.
Paul Wallace, the manager of David’s Bookshop in Letchworth, is presenting the prizes and the shop is donating book tokens to the first prize winners.
Pamela Manfield, one of the judges, said that the standards were very high. The next contest will be in 2015.
Families are invited to the awards night, which runs from 4pm to 6pm. It costs £3 for adults and £2 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost includes entry to all games, fruit juice and cakes.
Booking is essential. Call the mill on 01462 734541 or email email@example.com