Villagers’ joy over ‘best kept’ success
9:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in Latest News
Residents in Burbage and All Cannings are celebrating success in the Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition.
Burbage won the large village category while All Cannings was awarded the accolade of best medium village.
The competition, sponsored by the Hills Group and run by the Wiltshire Campaign to Protect Rural England, was entered by 50 villages. The criteria were tidiness, cleanliness, presentation and community spirit.
Liz Sharpe, chairman of All Cannings Parish Council, said: “The village has a really nice community spirit. We moved here four years ago and we were made so welcome.
“The village doesn’t have to try to show it has a community spirit, it’s ingrained in everything that happens here; the telephone box which is a book exchange, the use of the pub, the village hall and village shop, which is run by volunteers, and the groups in the village – they all help to enhance village life.”
Burbage Parish Council chairman Steve Colling said everyone was delighted the village had won, outstripping the third place it achieved last year.
He said: “Everybody got involved and worked hard all year. There’s been lots going on, from keeping the grass mown and organising litter picks to the new gates we’ve recently had put up.
“Burbage really is a great area to live in.”
Teffont, near Salisbury, won the small village category.
The winning six villages from 2011 and 2012 cannot compete in the main competition but are encouraged to enter the Laurence Kitching Award, sponsored by NFU Mutual. This year Dinton, Great Hinton, Hilperton, Lea and Ramsbury took part and the winners were Dinton.
Each village will be presented with an standard mounted shield for a year on their village green. The presentation ceremony will be on September 22.