Junior Sea Cadets Roundel Competition


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

We invite London-based Junior Sea Cadets to submit an original design on paper. The winning design will be made into a roundel by Helen Whittaker, Creative Director of Barley Studio in York, one of UK’s leading stained-glass artists and 2020’s judging panel Chair. The winning cadet will then present the roundel to Sir Charles Bowman, the 690th Lord Mayor of London at a special event to be held at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s residence (Date to be confirmed).

The Prize

The cadet with the winning design will receive £100 to deposit in their savings account, while the winning cadet’s Unit will receive £200 to be spent at its discretion for the benefit of the Unit.

Each Unit can submit as many entries as possible, but it must be submitted by the Unit’s Officer, by the deadline of Friday 31st January 2020 .

How to enter

Submission close on  Friday 31st January 2020  at 23:59 (GMT).

  1. Download the Application Form: Click Here
  2. Email your completed form to: [email protected]

Think about:

  • the kinds of pictures and details you want to draw to celebrate Sir Charles Bowman’s work, interests and achievements as Lord Mayor of London
  • how your pictures and details join together 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.
  • your design must feature the words “Reflections of The Lord Mayor” and the year “2020”. It must also feature the Lord Mayor’s name: “Alderman Sir tharles Bowman”.
  • Tell us about your design in 100 words or less. Describe what you have drawn and why.

2018’s #LMReflects Junior Sea Cadets Roundel Presentation Ceremony at Bexley and Lewisham Sea Cadet Unit.


* It’s a good idea to link your drawings to Lord Mayor’s interests. You can find out more about him at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bowman_(accountant)

* Learn more about stained glass and the Glaziers’ Livery Company (which dates back to the 1500s) at http://worshipfulglaziers.com/

* Look at examples of stained glass and roundels on museum websites, such as the V&A (www.vam.ac.uk) and The Stained Glass Museum (http://stainedglassmuseum.com/collections/glasssubject.htm).

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

* A template is provided on the entry form and your design must be drawn in that. You may want to photocopy this template so you can try out ideas before drawing your final design. [Download and Use Entry Form  PDF]


The winning design will be made into a roundel by professional stained-glass artist artist Helen Whittaker (www.helenwhittakerart.com). She will contact the winning student and their school to explain how the design will be made in glass. The competition design entries and winners will be publicised by Reflections of the Lord Mayor and the Glaziers’ Livery Company. The winning design – made into a roundel – will be presented to the 689th Lord Mayor of London.


1. Entries are welcome from all students up to age 11 who are at school in the UK. Please submit only one entry per student.

2. Designs will be judged, and the winner chosen, by the Reflections of the Lord Mayor team including: Helen Whittaker MA, FMGP, senior artist member of the Glaziers’ Livery Company and Chair of the Judging Panel; glass artist Julia Gonyou who won the 2018 LMReflects Roundel Competition last year; Suzanne Philips, Trustee of Glaziers Foundation; Pamela Kember-Tong, Head of Arts and Learning, Asia House; Colin Freeman, Past Master Glazier; Captain Phil Russell, Captain Sea Cadets,, Commander James Nisbet, Area Officer London, and Christopher Seow, founder and host of “Reflections of the Lord Mayor”.  The judges’ decision is final.

3. The glass artist may make appropriate alterations to the winning design to ensure the finished piece matches all technical requirements and is of a high standard.

4. The winner and their Sea Cadet Unit will be notified directly and the results will be posted on social media by the Glaziers Livery Company and on “Reflections of The Lord Mayor” website in due course.