Thanks to the efforts of the whole community, Abbots Bromley has won East Staffordshire's Best Kept Village competition for the large village category and also the Community Council of Staffordshire's Trophy for the whole County in the large village category.
This success is due to the support of local businesses, organisations and individuals who all pulled together to show the pride we have in our community.
Our youngest villagers joined in, with local children involved in our Spring Clean and entering the school poster competition; Rainbows sweeping Church House Lane and creating a scarecrow for the village green; the Youth Club keeping the millennium green play area clean and tidy and the Cubs and Scouts doing the same for the village hall.
Older members of the community also pulled their weight. Individuals joined in the weekly 'tidy up', sweeping up debris, leaf litter, cigarette butts and rubbish throughout the village, and raking the churchyard. The WI looked after the doctors surgery ; and Jeff Bradbury and Mark Hurst Snr adopted the bus shelter by Cash Store and what a fantastic job they did - it even had its own hanging baskets.
The beautiful floral displays on our public houses, restaurant, retailers and homes were all a pleasure to look on. Thank you to everyone for your support. We are very grateful to ASD Contracts Limited for their sponsorship that enabled the Parish Council to fund new signs for the three entrances into the village and Tesco Uttoxeter and Tesco Rugeley for providing refreshments for the village Spring Clean.
This award underlines what we already knew - Abbots Bromley is a great place to live with a great community spirit!
Yr 1-2: Winner - Oliver Farrington, Runners Up - Ben Hulme, Lottie Graney
Yr 3-4: Winner - Erin Grindley, Runner Up - Beth Pinfield
Murial Richards of 5 Miresbrook Cottages
Janice Rea of The Cottage, School House Lane
If you are interested in helping with our entry for the 2018 competition please contact Cllr Adela Appleby by email at email@example.com or visit the Abbots Bromley Best Kept Village Facebook page.
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The Best Kept Village (BKV) Competition is organised annually by the Community Council of Staffordshire. It aims to encourage community spirit throughout the year and to stimulate pride in villages. The competition is judged by independent volunteer judges who make unscheduled visits during the summer months and mark what they notice during these visits.
Judging normally takes place between the beginning of May June and July.
The judges will develop an overall impression of the community spirit of the residents as they walk around the village, but mark on the following features:
BKV Publicity and Awareness; Children’s Posters; Notice Boards; Local Information (including Recycling and Dog-fouling Awareness); Church/Chapel Surrounds; Communal Buildings; Public Houses; Bus Shelters, Seating Areas, Village Signs and Features; War Memorial; Large Public Open Spaces, Greens, Playing Fields, etc; Small Open Spaces; Private Gardens; Children’s Play Areas, Play Equipment and Safety Surfaces; Map; General Cleanliness and Community Effort (including Litter and Dog-fouling).
In 2016, we came second to Yoxall in the East Staffordshire District Large Village Category of the competition.
In 2015 we came 2nd. In 2014 we came 1st.