The newly-formed Armed Forces Support Group (AFSG) has chosen a striking new emblem designed by a Nelson and Colne College student.

Based in Barrowford for the Pendle area, the group needed a new logo and identification after its recent formation, and group Chairman Michael Sutcliff turned to the students of the Nelson and Colne College Creative and Media department for help.

Under the guidance of Curriculum Leader Sarah Holmes, students produced an astonishing 26 different takes on the theme the AFSG team were looking for – making the selection process an extremely difficult one.

However, it was Level 3 Art and Design student Harriet Ashworth’s design that really stood out, capturing the initial brief and ultimately being selected as the winning logo.

This design was reproduced on stationery, and promotional items, and finally was reproduced into a blazer badge and lapel pin.

On Wednesday 14 March, the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle Cllr David and Mrs Barbara Whalley attended a thank you event at the college, and presented Harriet with the very first production badge which was framed for her to keep. The Creative and Media department were also given £50 to put towards future activities.

Mr Sutcliff thanked all the students and staff for their support and help, and said they had contributed to producing something everyone could be proud of. BTEC Year 2 Creative and Digital Media students also got involved and gained some work experience by photographing the event.

Harriet, 16, a former Oakhill College student, said: “I am shocked that I won, but really proud as well. The support I have received from Nelson and Colne College is really good, including 1:1 support if I am ever unsure of anything.

“My aim is to go to university, and I am currently deciding whether I want to do graphic design or fine art. I am looking into Apprenticeships and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at NCC as well.”

Creative and Media students at Nelson and Colne College regularly receive real-life work experience opportunities to enhance their studies and after college progress into Apprenticeships, employment or on to top universities for the creative sector including Falmouth University, Leeds Arts University and the University of Huddersfield.

Nelson and Colne College will hold a Year 9 and 10 Open Event on Monday 30 April from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Students will have the opportunity to gain advice and course information from tutors, find out about the college’s extensive and constantly-evolving extracurricular offer, ask about unique Pre-Professional Programmes and get involved with ‘have a go’ activities and skills demonstrations.

The Armed Forces Support Group is now fully operational from the Barrowford Office by Holmfield House.