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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 2017 

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!

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.

Closing date for applications is: 7th April 2017



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 – sara.ward@essexrcc.org.uk  or 01376 574330.

EVOY guidelines 2017 (final).docx

EVOY entry form 2017 (final).docx