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Essex Village of the Year Competition 2019

Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Inkpen Downie

2019 Essex Village of the Year Competition – Now Closed for Entries


The search is on for the 2019 Essex Village of the Year. This popular annual competition run by RCCE, with the support of sponsors Essex & Suffolk Water and Inkpen Downie Architecture & Design Ltd, focusses on the efforts local people are making to strengthen and sustain rural community life.

In announcing the launch of this year’s competition, RCCE Executive Director, Nick Shuttleworth said:

“Throughout Essex, villages of all sizes provide a range of clubs, events and activities for all sections of the community. Many are working hard to safeguard key services, improve amenities such as village halls and reduce loneliness and social isolation. Essex Village of the Year is all about rewarding and celebrating such community initiative and enterprise. It highlights the very best of rural Essex.”

The competition is easy to enter, with a single question entry form, and is open to any village in Essex with a population of up to 6,000. The prizes on offer include £500 and the Essex & Suffolk Water Shield for the Village of the Year. The deadline for entries is Friday 8th March. The winners will be announced at RCCE’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 10th July.

For 2019 Village of the Year Competition entry please click here

For 2019 Village of the Year guidelines please click here




Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2019

Now Open for Entries!

Deadline: Friday 5th April 2019

This competition looks to recognise and reward Churchyards in Essex that are well-managed, but also provide a peaceful haven for both humans and animals. We encourage entries from Churchyards of all denominations.

The competition in 2018 is once again kindly sponsored by Lodge and Sons (Builders) of Stebbing and Essex Biodiversity Project.

      Entry Form this version of the entry form can be completed in MS Word

Please note that whilst it is not essential to have a management plan in order to enter the competition, there are some marks allotted to this, and so having even a basic management plan will help to improve your score.

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For further information on all our competitions please contact Sara Ward on 01376 574330 or email: