There are just weeks left for villages in Montgomeryshire to submit their entries for the 2016 Best Kept Village Competition.
Villages throughout north Powys are being urged to take part in the competition which focuses on the vibrancy, community spirit and local services more than just the aesthetic look and feel of the village.
Organised by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales’ Montgomeryshire branch, it is being supported by Mid Wales and Shropshire estate agents and property surveyors, Morris, Marshall and Poole.
Villages have until the 26th February to submit their entries to the competition which is being trialled during 2016.
“If it’s a success this year then we’ll be looking to build on it in future years to demonstrate the vibrancy, breadth and community spirit of our communities in Montgomeryshire,” said Chris Fuller, Chairman of the Montgomeryshire branch of the CPRW.
“Previous Best Kept Village competition focussed just on the look of the village. The 2016 competition is much more about the community spirit, demonstration of community amenities and the spirit within it, in addition to the aesthetic appeal.”
The competition was launched in October last year by broadcaster and journalist Jules Hudson, best known for presenting BBC Countryfile and A Place in the Country.
Each community council may nominate one or more entries to the competition. The deadline for entries is 26th February 2016. Anonymous judging will take place in May and June followed by final judging in July and August and the winning village announced in September.
“Villages form an integral part of the local community and competitions such as the Best Kept Village demonstrate how important they are by highlighting all that is good about them. We’re pleased to be supporting such a great community initiative,” said Andrew Turner, a Partner at Morris, Marshall and Poole.
More details about the Best Kept Village can be found at www.facebook.com/cprwmontgomeryshire