Entries wanted for Staffordshire’s 2023 Best Kept Village Community Competition

THE 2023 Staffordshire Best Kept Village Community competition is now open for entries, with organisers wanting villages to showcase the ‘pride’ they have in their community and illustrate the social benefits as well as its beauty.

Once again, a cash prize will be awarded to the best small and large village winners.

Villages are encouraged to now enter and bring their submissions alive in any way they wish including photos, videos, even drone footage, to help judges to understand how their community works together for the benefit of all.

Cash prizes of £200 will be awarded to the winners of the large and small villages to be invested in projects to benefit the community and celebrate their success.

The deadline for entries is April 10.

Staffordshire firm Richard Winterton Auctioneers is headline sponsor for BKVC once again and the success from adding ‘community’ into the competition has also attracted other supporters from across the county.

For more information and to enter, go online here or call The Community Foundation’s BKVC Manager Jo Cooper on 01785 339540.

Pictured top: Awards winners gather onstage at the presentation evening in Stafford on September 21. Inset left: Representatives of Brewood, winner of the 2022 Best Large Village and Community Spirit awards, with Jo Cooper and Richard Winterton. Inset right: Representatives of Acton Trussell, winner of the 2022 Best Small Village award.
Pictured top: Awards winners gather onstage at the 2022 BKVC presentation evening. Inset left: Representatives of Brewood, winner of the 2022 Best Large Village and Community Spirit awards, with Jo Cooper and Richard Winterton. Inset right: Representatives of Acton Trussell, winner of the 2022 Best Small Village award.

Jo said: “We want our communities to have pride in where they live but not just because their flowerbeds are the prettiest.

“The Best Kept Village Community competition is about encouraging and celebrating a local community’s friendships, togetherness, and a shared sense of belonging.

“Post Covid it’s important that the competition reflects society. Perfectly planted pots are welcome but the judges want to see how rural life has a sense of community.”

She added: “I’m delighted that Richard Winterton Auctioneers is again our headline sponsor.

“As someone who lives in a rural area, he knows what a wonderful place villages can be.

“And I’m thrilled to welcome such supporting organisations as Canalside Farm Shop, The Owen Family Trust, Mill Dam Trust, Excello Law, KGL Estates, MoLo Cleaning Services and Homes Plus who wish to celebrate all aspects rural, but most importantly community life.”

Best Kept Village Community Competition manager Jo Cooper and auctioneer Richard Winterton.
Best Kept Village Community Competition manager Jo Cooper and auctioneer Richard Winterton.

Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal auctioneer Richard Winterton is going to visit every single community which enters.

He said: “After the last few challenging years it’s so fitting that BKVC will focus on the community element while never losing sight of the roots.

“We are so proud to be the countywide sponsor of BKVC, bringing together a wonderfully diverse melting pot of talented communities which all have one thing in common – they are infused with a splendid Staffordshire spirit.

“It is a perfect fit for Richard Winterton Auctioneers – the Winterton family has been Staffordshire’s auctioneers for seven generations now since 1864.

“We are very much looking forward to meeting even more people from all over the county and hearing what makes their community special to them.”

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