Hertfordshire villages contest county competition

PUBLISHED: 17:43 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:13 20 February 2013

In the frame: Hunsdon

In the frame: Hunsdon

A TOTAL of 13 Hertfordshire villages are in line for prizes in the 2008 Hertfordshire Village of the Year competition, organised by CPRE

A TOTAL of 13 Hertfordshire villages are in line for prizes in the 2008 Hertfordshire Village of the Year competition, organised by CPRE - The Hertfordshire Society. Judging will take place from June 3 to 13 with the winners announced on June 26.

The competition is sponsored by Calor in association with Hertfordshire County Council, the Hertfordshire Mercury and Majestic trees and the villages competing are:

Barkway, Birch Green, Bovingdon, Brickendon Liberty, Croxley Green, Flaunden, Hertford Heath, The Hormeads, Hunsdon, Kimpton, Pirton, Redbourn and Woolmer Green.

Competition organiser, Jo Simson comments, 'First indications are that we have some very strong contenders competing this year, so we're really looking forward to seeing how they fare during the judging process.

'We are particularly pleased to receive some new entries, and to welcome back some entrants who have taken a rest for a year or two. Whether they go on to win prizes or not, they've all done very well and I would like to thank the communities for their hard work and commitment in putting together their entries. The judges are looking forward to meeting them all over the next two weeks.'

Villages are being judged across four categories: Environment, Business, People and Community Life. Prizes of 100 cash, a Calor certificate and a CPRE plaque are on offer to the category winners, with an additional prize of a Nazeing Glass Rosebowl for the Environment winner. There is also a prize of 100 plus a commemorative plaque and the Hertfordshire Mercury Rosebowl for the Small Village of the Year winner (awarded to an outstanding village with a population of 500 or fewer). Additional prizes of the Peterkin Award for an individual making an outstanding contribution to village life, and the Dorothy Abel Smith Award for a young person making an outstanding contribution to village life, will also be awarded.

One village from East Hertfordshire and one from West Hertfordshire will then be selected as the overall winner for their area, receiving 250 cash, a Calor certificate, a CPRE plaque and the Village of the Year East/ West 'Totem Pole' trophy to hold for one year.

The overall winning village for Hertfordshire will then have the added honour of being nominated to go forward and represent the county in the prestigious Calor Village of the Year for England competition 2008/9. This will give that village the opportunity of gaining recognition at national level as well as a share of a prize fund totalling more than 40,000.

The county's nominee to the 2007/8 national competition, Hertford Heath, has recently been visited by first round judges and will find out if it has won any prizes at an awards luncheon to be held on December 2 in London.


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