December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Great Barton has been named Suffolk Village of the Year for 2013.
The community just north of Bury St Edmunds beat off stiff competition from runner-up Wickham Market and third-placed Brantham to pick up the prestigous award which aims to highlight community spirit, the general appearance of a village and the activities that take place within it.
The announcement was made on the Rob Dungar show on Radio Suffolk this morning Saturday August 24.
Judges from the radio station said there were a number of reasons why Great Barton had run out winner.
They said: “We were particularly impressed with the variety of organisations in the village including the Second Chance Stroke club while a lot of work is being done on the environment in the village including the woodland areas and walks with lots of liaison with the primary school who are doing some forest school teaching.”
Other initiatives singled out include the introduction of new allotments in the village and a computer club to help people get to grips with digital technology. The judges said they were also impressed that the comunuity was the first to set up a comprehensive Emergency Plan which is being copied by other villages across the country.
The Suffolk Village of the Year contest is organised by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC) and sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times, the Suffolk Magazine and UK Power Networks.