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Proud village claims victory

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

PROUD residents of Holton St Mary enjoyed a well deserved slap on the back as they gathered for the unveiling of the Village of the Year sign.

The community fought off competition from Belstead, Brettenham, Chattisham, and Kersey to win first place in the Babergh area Village of the Year before going on to scoop second place in the Suffolk finals.

PROUD residents of Holton St Mary enjoyed a well deserved slap on the back as they gathered for the unveiling of the Village of the Year sign.

The community fought off competition from Belstead, Brettenham, Chattisham, and Kersey to win first place in the Babergh area Village of the Year before going on to scoop second place in the Suffolk finals.

"Our village is bursting with community spirit and we are all absolutely delighted that this has been recognised," said parish councillor Alec Threlkeld who spearheaded the competition entries.

In making the Babergh award judges specifically noted that the community, which has no pub, shop or post office and a main road running right through the middle of it, saw ahead for future generations and carried out work mostly on a self help basis.

Also noted was the Millennium Green project, a groundswell community effort that saw nearly 1,500 trees, wildflowers and a picnic area installed on public land for the enjoyment of all.

The village's ongoing activities for young and old and ability to maintain a clean and tidy environment despite the parish being situated on a busy route to the A12 were also commended.

Chairman of Babergh District Council Sue Carpendale was among those attending the ceremony and as well as unveiling the village sign handed over £300 prize money, won in each round of the competition, to be used as a contribution towards a community project.

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