RCCE Augustine Courtauld Awards 'Essex Village Hall of the Year' competition.
This year, the Augustine Courtauld Trust has provided funding for RCCE to run an ‘Essex Village Hall of the Year’ competition and enclosed is an Entry Form for you.
We welcome entries from all hall members whether you are governed by a charity, parish council, PCC, WI or other type of organisation.
We’re looking for halls which are well managed by an active committee and one’s which are integral to your local community – it’s not just about being the newest, biggest or prettiest hall (although we’ll welcome entries from these hall committees too!).
The Augustine Courtauld Trust has been very generous this year and we can offer a First Prize of £1000 and 2nd & 3rd Prizes of £500 for you to spend on a project of your choice.
I do hope you will enter the competition and support RCCE in this new venture – the more entries we receive the better our chances of securing funding again next year. The closing date for the receipt of entries is FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2013.
Forms are available to download below and can be completed and returned to us electronically or printed and posted to us at : RCCE, Threshelfords Business Park, Inworth Road, Feering, CO5 9SE.
Village Hall of the Year Competition 2013.pdf
Village Hall of the Year Competition 2013 - electronic form for completion.docx
Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition
Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Worldbridge Ltd. and supported by Essex Life
The competition is all about encouraging vibrant, enterprising and caring rural communities. The judges will be looking for those villages which, irrespective of size, are doing most to enhance the quality of life for all inhabitants.
How to Enter
Each village must have a sponsoring organisation that submits its entry. This will normally be the Parish Council but does not have to be. If the Parish Council is the sponsoring organisation, it is important to consult with community groups and other interested parties before submitting the entry. There may be other people in the village only too keen to help out and even take a lead.
For judging purposes the competition is divided into two elements. Please note there are important changes to both this year.
Entry Form 2013.doc Entry Guidelines 2013.doc
Village Profile – the previous checklist style questionnaire has been replaced by just five questions on the themes of Community, Businesses and Services, Environment, The Future and a Special Place. This will give you more flexibility to describe your community in your own words. Remember, this is your opportunity to “sell” your village!
Larger villages – under questions 1 and 2 please note that we do not require a list of every community organisation or business, just those of particular significance. The size of the community will be taken into account when marking this section.
Remember this is a snapshot profile; please keep to the word limit for each question and note that no supporting documents are required.
– every village will be inspected by our volunteer judges. Judging this year will be based on 12 individual categories worth 10 marks each. Few villages will actually possess every one of the 12 categories, but smaller communities should not be deterred. Overall marks are calculated on an average formula. The” Hints for Entrants section What Makes a Winning Village?”gives an idea of what the judges will be looking for.
To enter please tick clearly on the Entry Form those categories that are applicable to your village and also mark them clearly using the category numbers on a sketch map/plan of the village. This must be no larger than A4 (297mm x 211 mm) in size.
There is space on the Entry Form for you to highlight any improvements made since last year’s competition as well as to notify the judges of any features detrimental to the local character that are outside of the control of the community.
Best Kept Churchyard Competition
This competition looks to recognise and reward Churchyards in Essex that are well-managed, providing a peaceful haven for both humans and animals. We encourage entries from Churchyards of all denominations.
Guide to Churchyard Management Plans
Congratulations to the winner of the 2013 Best Kept Churchyard: The Church of St Mary & St Christopher, Panfield.
Essex Life Community Magazine Awards
Local magazines are a much loved part of community life. They play an important role keeping people informed, entertained and up to date with what is happening locally.
RCCE have teamed up with Essex Life and the Diocese of Chelmsford to bring you a new-look competition. With an awards evening, we hope to provide support and encouragement to all those who work hard to produce these magazines.
The awards are open to editors of not-for-profit community magazines in which editorial work is undertaken on a voluntary basis.
For further information please contact Sara Ward on 01376 574330 or email: email@example.com