The Calor Village of the Year Judges

PUBLISHED: 17:06 01 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:23 20 February 2013

The Calor Village of the Year is revealed in this month's Shropshire Life and I have to say being one of the judges for the 2008 competition was a pleasure and a revelation. At Ditton Priors we saw a marvellous example...

The Calor Village of the Year is revealed in this month's Shropshire Life and I have to say being one of the judges for the 2008 competition was a pleasure and a revelation. At Ditton Priors we saw a marvellous example of a community welcoming and benefiting from its relationship with incomers - the Oak Farm centre for adults with learning disabilities; at Whittington, the mutually-beneficial friendships formed between the pupils of the primary school and the senior citizens is a wonderful example of how a bigger village can bring its people together and at Great Hanwood we were bowled over by the number of successful organisations one neighbourhood of fewer than 900 adults can sustain. At Caynham, Shropshire spirit shone through; despite having no shop or pub, the villagers make the most of what they have with the village hall hosting a plethora of organisations for Caynhamites of all ages.
What these shortlisted villages have in common is their determination to build multi-generational communities and to come up with solutions rather than to dwell on problems.
The Calor Village of the Year is proof that village life is thriving in Shropshire despite cuts in public services. If your Shropshire village is a place to be proud of why not enter the 2009 competition (www.calorvillageoftheyear.org) - look out for details in Shropshire Life.

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