Village of the Year: Caynham, Ludlow,

PUBLISHED: 19:40 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:30 20 February 2013

left: High Sheriff Anne Gee with representatives of the other successful village, Ursula Longmore of Great Hanwood, Pat Raine of Whittington, Adam Taylor of Calor and Jayne Madeley of Ditton Priors.

left: High Sheriff Anne Gee with representatives of the other successful village, Ursula Longmore of Great Hanwood, Pat Raine of Whittington, Adam Taylor of Calor and Jayne Madeley of Ditton Priors.

Caynham celebrated its win as Shropshire Village of the Year with a party for all

Caynham celebrated its win as Shropshire Village of the Year with a party for all

Villagers of all ages turned out in force to mark Caynham's win in this year's Calor Shropshire Village of the Year contest. The ceremony in the village hall was on a lovely, late summer's day which showed the village in all its glory. The High Sheriff of Shropshire Anne Gee made the presentations to Caynham, runner-up Whittington and to Ditton Priors and Great Hanwood which were short-listed. The competition is organised the Community Council for Shropshire and sponsored by Shropshire Life magazine.
Sue Fleetwood, Caynham Village Hall Committee Secretary said: "Winning has certainly given the village a lift, everyone was very excited about it and we are now looking at what we can do to boost our entry in the regional finals."
Julia Baron, Chief Executive, Community Council of Shropshire, who spoke of Caynham's great community spirit, said the competition was a catalyst for villages to work together has urged villages across the county to enter the 2009 contest.
She said: "Any village with a population of fewer than 5,000 residents is eligible to apply. This is not a competition about being a 'pretty' village or 'best kept'. Rather this is about demonstrating that the competing village has the qualities which make it a thriving sustainable place to live.
"High on the list for the judges is the question of inclusivity. Is there something for everyone - young or old, and how are newcomers welcomed and encouraged to become involved in village life? Are there good sources of information? Newsletters, posters, notice boards and village websites are all the norm in the winning villages so that no one should feel out of touch. Events and activities are also key to thriving village life and many villages have a programme of village walks, fetes, parties and fundraising to demonstrate their ability to reach out to everyone, whatever their interest.
"In the end, it is not the facilities but who uses them and how. And where there is little available, how has the village tackled this? Sharing facilities with a neighbouring area, bringing services into the village occasionally, and making the best of the open space and community buildings are all creative solutions which have resulted in villages winning the competition."


Details of how to enter the 2009 Calor Village of the Year will be printed in future issues of Shropshire Life or go to
www.villageoftheyear.org

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