ORGANISERS of the Lover Valentine Post are reaching out to surrounding communities to get creative and design a new card for 2018 as the special postal scheme returns for a second year.

Entries are being invited from the local community and schools - people of all ages are encouraged to get involved.

The closing date is January 14. The theme for the competition is ‘What does Love mean to you?’ and participants are asked to draw a picture on a heart template.

Nick Gibbs, the chairman of Lover Community Trust, who run the Lover Valentine Post,said: "We hope this will be a fun and creative way to gain the support of the local community for a second year running. We were overwhelmed by the success of the Lover Valentine Post re-launch last year and are proud to find a way for the people of the surrounding community to take part in the success of 2018. We are excited to see how people bring Love to life through their entries."

A panel of judges will choose a winner and the chosen design will be announced on February 1. From that date the card will be available to buy online.

All entries received will be featured in an art exhibition at the Old School Building in Lover from February 10 to 11. This will coincide with the Lover 5k Run or walk your heart out event which saw more than 400 people flock to the village to take part last year.

The Lover Valentine Post re-launched last year and more than 1000 cards were purchased online in 2017 and sent to over 24 different countries including Slovakia, Belgium, France, Germany, Malta, America, Mexico, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The volunteer "village cupids" worked around the clock to ensure all orders were processed and reached their destination in time for Valentine's Day.

The Valentine post raises money for the Old School building, which was purchased by the village in 2017.

Competition entry guidelines and more information can be found at

Valentine card orders can be made on the website at Each card will have a special message insideand the Lover cachet stamp.