Is your village the best in Dorset? - Enter Dorset's Best Village 2013
THE 2013 competition to find Dorset’s best villages has been launched and once again BV Media is sponsoring one of the classes.
The competition, run by Dorset Community Action (DCA) in association with Magna Housing, is now in its 27th year and Magna has confirmed that it will continue as main sponsor for a second term of three years.
BV Media sponsors the award for the best new entry in the competition.
About 50 villages took part in 2012 and DCA’s competition organiser Rita Burden says: “This year we would like to encourage even more communities to take part in this popular competition.
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"There are many who have never entered and all have the potential to win. Any organisation can enter its community – the village hall committee, school, youth club, scout or guide group. Even Dorset’s small hamlets can enter.”
As well as the awards for best large, medium and small villages, there are two special categories - The People’s Project, the village judged to have entered the best project involving local active people; and Best Environment, the village judged to be doing the most green initiatives.
“ It is not just about how the village looks. It is also about how active the village is, how it builds up a sense of community spirit and addresses the needs of its residents, especially the more vulnerable ones,” said Rita.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 8th April. Judging will start in May. DCA is encouraging groups to save paper and postage by entering the competition online if possible. Entry packs can be downloaded from www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk or by telephoning DCA on 01305-216407.
This year’s Best Village presentation evening is being planned for Thursday 19th September at Puddletown Village Hall.