A town council in Dorset has been named as a finalist for Council of the Year.

Sherborne Town Council has been named a Council of the Year finalist for the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Star Council Awards 2023.

A public vote will decide the Council of the Year category and Sherborne Town Council is calling on residents to cast their vote and help it be crowned as Council of the Year.

Steve Shield, town clerk said, ‘We are delighted to have been nominated as a finalist for this prestigious award which recognises the hard work of both the staffing team and members of the council.

"We would appreciate the support from the public in voting for Sherborne Town Council on this very special occasion which celebrates our achievements and publicises the beautiful historic town of Sherborne in Dorset."

Councillor Keith Stevens, NALC chairman, said: "Congratulations to Sherborne Town Council.

"Your outstanding achievements have placed you among the best in your field, and this recognition is well-deserved.

"Your hard work, dedication, and talent have shone through and it's an honour to see you as a finalist for this prestigious award.

"Best of luck for the awards ceremony and may your journey continue to be filled with success and inspiration. Your achievements serve as an inspiration to us all!"

The prestigious awards are the only awards in England that recognise the local (parish and town) council sector.

The winners of the Star Council Awards will be announced during NALC's highly anticipated parliamentary reception, which will take place on November 29 at the House of Lords.