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Communities get together for Dorset's Best Village competition
PROUD villagers will be gathering this month to see which Dorset communities have won over judges.
It’s that time of year again when people get together for Dorset’s Best Village competition.
The judges were out and about to inspect villages earlier this year and the results are now in, although being kept a guarded secret until the presentation ceremony on September 19.
This year the Dorset Echo-backed event, now in its 27th year, is being held at Puddletown village hall. Last year almost 50 villages took part and Winfrith Newburgh won best large village.
The competition and awards evening has been organised by Dorset Community Action since 1987.
Four years ago, Dorset’s largest housing association, Magna, became the major sponsor for the competition and has renewed its support for 2013 and 2014.
Additional sponsorship comes from Dorset County Council, the four district councils, the Dorset Echo, Dorset Magazine, Black-more Vale Magazine, along with local food producers and traders Clipper Tea, Fudges Biscuits, Honeybuns, Craig’s Dairies, Denhay Farms, Helen Furness Catering and R&O Ball Stores of Puddletown.
Judging of more than 50 entries has gone on through the summer, said competition organiser Rita Burden.
She added: “Once again the judges have been impressed by those village communities who continue to work together in a good ‘community spirit’ in order to maintain those vital facilities, so important to village life.
“They have also been delighted by the increased entries in the People’s Project and Environmental Award classes, showing that these dedicated volunteers are even prepared to take on further commitments.”
Magna chairman Adam Peat said: “We are delighted to be part of this event for the fourth successive year, the competition encapsulates people’s community spirit, ownership and pride in their village.”
In addition to usual Best Village categories, there will be two special awards on the night – The People’s Project for the village judged to have entered the best project involving local active people and ‘Best Environment’ the village judged to be doing the ‘greenest’ project.
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