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Essex Village of the Year Competition

Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water, Inkpen Downie and supported by Essex Life

Essex Village of the Year 2018 

In villages of all sizes throughout Essex, local people are doing great things to strengthen their communities. The purpose of our competition is to celebrate and reward such efforts. This is an opportunity to tell us about your community and how the people living and working there are involved in community life. 

It is a simple application process - just one question and thanks to our sponsors Essex & Suffolk Water and Inkpen Downie Architects there are cash prizes to be won!

How to Enter

Entering the competition is simple - using the guidelines and entry form (documents below), submit a brief profile of what makes your village special (in no more than 500 words). It is an opportunity for you to tell us about the organisations, events and activities that contribute most to community life where you live and or about any new initiatives or future plans – perhaps you want to tell us about your village hall or local clubs and groups, support to village youth teams by local businesses, or community events, the choice is yours - whatever you think makes your village special.

The application form can be completed by a member of the parish council (including clerk), community organisation or anyone that knows the community well and you feel appropriate. There is no need to supply any additional information, documentation or photos.

There is one change to the 2018 competition. We have amended the population categories in response to feedback from judges who felt it was difficult to make comparisons between very large and small villages. The new upper limit is 5,000, which means larger villages and market towns will not be eligible to enter this year. However, we are keen to recognise the work that goes on in these communities and are looking to introduce a new way of doing this in time for the 2019 competition.

Closing date for applications is: Friday 4th May 2018 

This is the only competition of its kind in Essex that focuses on the whole community rather than on the work of the Parish Council or one particular organisation or amenity. We will be looking to reward villages of all sizes that are doing most to enhance the quality of life for their inhabitants.

Should you have any questions about any aspect of the entry requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Sara Ward at RCCE –  or 01376 574330.


EVOY 2018 guidelines

EVOY 2018 entry form

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