Junior Sea Cadet Competition


The Junior Sea Cadets Roundel Competition is an exciting opportunity for budding artists who are members of Junior Sea Cadets to design a unique circular stained-glass artwork to be presented to a former Lord Mayor of London.

For 2020, we invite London-based Junior Sea Cadets to submit an original design on paper for either Sir Peter Estlin (691st Lord Mayor of London) OR Sir Charles Bowman (690th Lord Mayor of London).

Helen Whittaker, one of UK’s leading stained-glass artists and 2020’s judging panel Chair and her colleagues at Barley Studio in York will turn each of the winning designs into a roundel.


The winning cadets will then present the roundel to either Sir Peter Estlin and/or Sir Charles Bowman at a special event to be held at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s residence (date to be confirmed).

The winner(s) will be notified via their Sea Cadet Unit Officer and the results will be posted on social media by the Glaziers Livery Company and on the Reflections of The Lord Mayor website in due course.

Captain Phil Russell and Commander James Nisbet are amongst the members of this year’s roundel judging panel.

Click here to see who is on this year’s judging panel.

2019’s Roundel Presentation Ceremony at T.S. Steadfast

The Prize

Each winner will receive £100 to deposit in their savings account, while the winners’ Units will receive £200 to be spent at their discretion for the benefit of each Unit.

There will be TWO 1st Prizes for 2020 – one for each Lord Mayor.

Each Unit is encouraged to submit as many entries as possible, but entries must be submitted by the Unit’s Officer, by the deadline of Friday 28th February 2020.

How To Enter

Submission close on Friday 28th February 2020 at 23:00 (GMT)

Download the Entry Form: Click Here

Complete the entry form as per the instructions on the PDF
Collate all cadets’ artwork into one PDF along with the entry form as part as a cover page

Upload your completed entry by clicking here
IMPORTANTOnly applications received via the above link will be considered

Minimum Requirements

  1. The design must feature the words “Reflections of The Lord Mayor” and the year “2020”.
  2. It must also feature the name of the Lord Mayor for whom it is intended: Alderman Sir Peter Estlin or Alderman Sir Charles Bowman
  3. Draw your design in a 9-inch circle.
  4. Tell us about your design in 100 words or less.
    Describe what you have drawn and why.

Some pointers…

It may be a good idea to link your drawings to the kinds of pictures and details you want to draw to celebrate Sir Charles Bowman’s / Sir Peter Estlin’s work, interests and achievements as Lord Mayor of London.

You may find some information about each of them at:

Sir Peter Estlin
Sir Charles Bowman

How your pictures and details join to create the design

What colours you would like to use

If you want to use leadlines to make parts of your design stand out – think about how they will join together.

Learn more about stained glass and the Glaziers’ Livery Company (which dates back to the 1500s), visit http://glazierscompany.org.uk

Look at examples of stained glass and roundels on museum websites, such as the V&A – http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/s/stained-glass/ or The Stained Glass Museum – https://stainedglassmuseum.com or previous years’ winners – click here

Visit buildings that contain stained glass to see how this looks, especially when different lights shine through it.