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Hertfordshire Village of the Year 2012

PUBLISHED: 16:57 01 February 2012 | UPDATED: 16:13 21 March 2016

Is your village the best in Hertfordshire?

Is your village the best in Hertfordshire?

This month CPRE Hertfordshire launches its Village of the Year 2012 competition so make sure your community doesn't miss out.

Credit: Chris RyanCredit: Chris Ryan

HERTFORDSHIRE’S Village of the Year competition is in its 13th year and organisers CPRE Hertfordshire hope it will be lucky for some as they celebrate and encourage village life.


Sponsored by Hertfordshire Community Foundation in association with Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Life and the Hertfordshire Mercury, the competition offers cash prizes and trophies for the Hertfordshire Villages of the Year East, North and West, with a total of £500 going to the overall CPRE Hertfordshire Village of the Year.


There are category prizes, too, for Environment and Community Life; and the judges give special awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to village life – the Peterkin Rosebowl for adults and the Dorothy Abel Smith Pewter Bowl for young people aged 11-18. There’s even a prize for an outstanding Small Village - The Hertfordshire Mercury Rosebowl.


‘With 186 Hertfordshire villages of all shapes, sizes - each with its own unique character – it’s a pity more don’t enter the competition’, says organiser Jo Simson. ‘The villages which do seem to get such a buzz out of it’.


Take the CPRE Hertfordshire Village of the Year 2011, Hunsdon. David Gibbs, Chairman of Hunsdon Parish Council says, ‘I would recommend those villages which have never entered the CPRE Hertfordshire competition to seriously consider doing so. But you have to start with a community which loves its village.’


The 2011 Village of the Year North winner was Pirton. This was the first major award for the village which has been entering the competition since it began in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium.


Organiser Dick Woodward says, ‘The award is an acknowledgement of the time and energy contributed by many Pirton people who give of themselves for the benefit of the village. It’s a village of just 1300 residents, but over forty organisations - all run by village people - are listed in St Mary’s Pirton Magazine. Entering the competition was a way of letting the world know what a wonderful village Pirton is.’


Standon & Puckeridge joined forces in 2011 to make their very first entry. Cllr Mark Acford was not keen: ‘I was against it on the grounds it was all flower tubs and hanging baskets - but nothing was done to make the village look different from what it is day to day.’ Nothing needed to be done - the joint entrants were delighted to receive the Environment category award and used the £150 prize money for a trophy cabinet for the villages.


IT COULD BE YOURS


Entry packages go out at the beginning of February and the deadline for entry is Thursday May 3. Each entering village completes a form and receives a visit from the judges, this year at the end of May. For more information on the competition/an entry package, visit http://www.cpreherts.org.uk/ or contact Jo Simson on 01438 717587.

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