CPRE Wiltshire's countryside ambassador calls for Wiltshire's villages to enter competition

By Annabelle Sanderson & Annabelle Sanderson
24th February 2022
CPRE Wiltshire’s countryside ambassador, Soprano Carly Paoli, has officially launched this year’s Best Kept Village Competition.
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Carly, who joined the charity in 2021 and presented a tree to the ‘winner of winners’ in Urchfont has called on the residents of Wiltshire’s villages to join forces to show the county at its best.
“I am delighted to announce that this year’s Best Kept Village Competition is once again under way and I hope that villages across Wiltshire and Swindon Borough will sign up to enter,” she said.
“Working together on something as important as the place we live is a superb opportunity to regain that community spirit and get together in the fresh air after such a difficult two years,
“We live in a beautiful county and joining forces to improve the appearance of these places we call home makes it even more special.
“The justifiable pride is evident at the presentations for all those who win prizes and I look forward to seeing the results of the hard work I know will go into this year’s competition.
“It was so clear and heart-warming for me to see the results of the passion that had gone into making our villages such wonderful places to live.”
CPRE Wiltshire’s Branch Chair, Anne Henshaw, added:
“We’re very excited to be launching the competition this year and are looking forward to many more entries.
“Last year’s numbers were slightly down on 2019 as some villages were still wary of the implications of COVID, but that shouldn’t be a cause for concern now.”
Anyone in a village can pull the entry together and coordinate the preparations for judging – it doesn’t have to be handled only by the parish council.
All entrants need to submit is one form, a map and a short village report (this need not take long) and let the parish council know.
Entries need to be in to CPRE Wiltshire no later than Friday 22nd April.
For the first time, the main competition is being generously sponsored by CCm Technologies, a sustainable/cleantech technology company based in Swindon, and prizes of up to £200 are awarded.
“We encourage all villages to enter, irrespective of their size,” said Pawel Kisielewski, Chief Executive of CCm Technologies.
“The winner of the various categories will receive great recognition and publicity for their efforts.
If your village is looking good – or has the potential to do so – why not consider speaking to the council and your friends and entering? The judges consider presentation – tidiness, absence of litter and evidence of community spirit and involvement – but do not award marks for the beauty of buildings, otherwise some villages might win all the time!
And you don’t need to be experienced to win: last year Castle Eaton were judged both Best Kept Small Village AND Best Newcomer.
First round judging will take place from 14th May to 12th June.
You can find out more on CPRE Wiltshire’s website: www.cprewiltshire.org.uk or by emailing admin@cprewiltshire.org.uk or telephone 01380 722157
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