Still time to be the best

PEOPLE who are proud of where they live are being urged to enter this year’s Suffolk Village of the Year contest before it is too late.

Babergh District Council has written to villages in its area with an electoral population of more than 500 – encouraging them to join in before tomorrow’s closing date.

Jo Beever, Babergh community grants officer, said: “There is still time for any qualifying village to get that nomination in.”

She said 44 villages were eligible and added: “We hope that as many of them as possible will enter this year.”

The Babergh district round winner of the competition will receive the Cosford Trophy, a brass plaque, framed certificate and £500 towards a community project.

District finalists will be entered into the next round, with the winners reaching the final stage. Overall winners receive £1,000, a plaque, £50 in garden vouchers and a firkin of beer from Adnams.

A judging panel made up serving district councillors will be looking at a village’s community spirit and general appearance, and consider its special achievements and how well its parish council functions.

For further information email Jo Beever at Josephine.beever@babergh.gov.uk or call 01473 825872.