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15th January 2010

Best kept village award for East Budleigh

EAST Budleigh with Bicton was one of six villages in East Devon to receive a Best-kept Villages award at a ceremony held in the East Devon District Council offices last month.

The Best Kept Village competition has been organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) for nearly 40 years.

The competition is not about pretty villages, but about community spirit, and its aim is to involve everyone in the village, encouraging them to take greater pride in their surroundings.

Villages are judged on how clean and well cared for they are, as well as their impact on the environment.  

The competition is judged in four categories: past winners, small villages, large villages and new entries. 

East Budleigh-Bicton won the Devon-wide Past Winners Section.

At the awards presentation held on Wednesday, December 9th the EDDC Chairman, Councillor Graham Liverton, made the following presentations: Small Villages Section: winner: Dalwood - the Glanvill Cup, runner-up: Hawkchurch. Large Villages Section: winner: Whimple - the Baker Cup, runner-up: Colyford.

Certificates were also presented to East Budleigh with Bicton and to Talaton, in recognition of their countywide success.

Following the presentations, the chairman said: “I am delighted that two of our villages were recognised Devon-wide for their wonderful sense of community and their hard work. It is also encouraging to know that many more of our villages enter this competition each year and are allocated high marks.

“Rural communities have recently had a tough time with the closure of post offices, schools and village shops. It is heartening to know that, in spite of the recent economic downturn, people are still pulling together to make this area of England not only a beautiful place to live, but one where people work for the benefit of everyone.

“I congratulate all the winners and those villages who didn’t receive a prize this year, but who worked hard to submit an entry into the competition.”

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