Budding interior designers: (l-r) Runner up Naomi Manson, competition winner Ceyda Fordrey and runner up Eve Duffel.

PUPILS at Castle Cary Primary School were given a taster of a career in interior design after taking part in a competition to design their dream bedroom for housing developer Elan.

With Clevedon-based Elan currently developing new three and four-bedroom homes at Weavers Field, in Station Road, bright sparks from the nearby school seemed the perfect choice to come up with fresh and funky children’s bedroom ideas.

The results were impressive – making judging a winner a tough process – as schoolchildren came up with an array of original designs combining fun, play, practicality and comfort.

First prize was awarded to 10-year-old Ceyda Fordrey for her fantastical pirate-themed design. Eve Duffel, aged nine, came second with her beach-themed bedroom while six-year-old Naomi Manson earned third prize for her butterfly room.

Each received voucher for books and art supplies and were presented with certificates.

Catherine Marshall, sales director for Elan Homes in the South, said: “When we provided the competition brief for Castle Cary Primary School we were incredibly excited to see the ideas that would be generated and we certainly weren’t disappointed with the pupils’ efforts.

“Picking a winner was difficult as there were so many great designs, incorporating some intriguing themes, patterns and colours. To have the children’s perspectives as to what sort of bedroom would inspire them was also fascinating.

“We will now use the winning effort from Ceyda to inspire one of the bedrooms at our new Weavers Field development, bringing to life why it’s such a great place to live.”

Sarah Martin, headteacher at Castle Cary Primary School, said: “It was wonderful to be invited to design a bedroom by Elan Homes. Many of the children at the school engaged with the project and we were thrilled with the ideas that they produced. Our congratulations go to all of the children who entered as they showed great creativity. We are looking forward to seeing Ceyda’s design coming to life at the Weavers Field development.”

Weavers Field at the former site of Wells Farm, spans three acres and will provide 24 private properties plus 13 affordable homes in a wide range of designs.

Demand is expected to be high attractive features including the homes’ proximity to good schools, excellent local amenities and a mainline station within walking distance – ideal for families and commuters.

Elan is investing around £130,000 into a wide range of nearby amenities with funding allocated to, among other things, the local community hall, changing rooms and an equipped play area.

For more information or to register an interest in Weavers Field contact Elan Homes on 0845 481 8803 or visit

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