Is Your Village a Winner?

Quest for Essex Village of the Year 2017 is Underway

The Essex Village of the Year competition, organised by Rural Community Council of Essex, is open to applications and the deadline of Friday 7th April is fast approaching. The competition, sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Inkpen Downie Architects, is an annual quest to showcase the very best of rural Essex today.

Nick Shuttleworth, Executive Director at RCCE, said, “Essex has a wonderful variety of villages. We are looking for entries from villages of all sizes throughout the county where local people are working hard, particularly on a voluntary basis, to improve the quality of life for local people. This might be through initiatives to improve community services and amenities by providing clubs and activities for all ages, caring for the environment and looking after those experiencing loneliness and isolation.”

RCCE is keen to see even more villages having a go this year. It costs nothing to enter and the entry requirements are very simple. There is just one question to answer – what makes your village special – and no maps or additional paperwork are needed these days. Each village has the chance to make its case in its own words, but in doing so please note that the judges will be focus particularly on the following topics:

·         Community Facilities and Activities;

·         Businesses and Services;

·         Environment and Sustainability;

·         Community Information;

·         New Initiatives and Future Plans.

This year’s winner will receive a prize of £500 and the Essex & Suffolk Water Shield, with a range of other attractive prizes also available.

Information on this year’s competition, including the entry form and more details of the judging process is available at .  For further information please contact Sara Ward 01376 574330.