Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council

 

Best Kept Village is back.

Best Kept Village competition to resume in 2022.  

 

 

Yoxall has entered the Best Kept Village competition for 2022. Repeater boards and posters advertising our participation are on display within the village. St. Peter's School pupils are currently completing posters through a competition sponsored by the Parish Council. Winners will be chosen shortly and prizes awarded. The winning posters will be displayed around the village and in bush shelters. 

In the run up to the judging period we will be undertaking regular litter picks and general maintenance so please get involved. Please contact Sue Evans whose details can be found in the Councillor section of the website.

Participants in the "Gold" Duke of Edinburgh Award will be assisting with noticeboard maintenance. This initiative will be undertaken in February and March.

Pupils from the local school will be designing posters and participating in litter picks.

BKV was launched in the 1950's by CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, now known as the Countryside Charity, claiming to be one of the longest running environmental groups) with the aim of encouraging the preservation of village life and also to encourage village residents to take pride in their communities.

The Community Foundation for Staffordshire took over the running of BKV after the closure of the Community Council of Staffordshire in August 2018.

The aforementioned aims continue to this date. The competition has been renamed Richard Winterton Auctioneer's Best Kept Village Competition following the announcement of Richard Winterton's sponsorship of the competition.

Whilst to some people the competition seems to be about keeping Yoxall tidy and having lovely flower arrangements dotted about the village, it is much more than that. The competition looks beyond those areas and includes village amenities, the community and its activities.

As the Community Foundation for Staffordshire website says "The competition is not about finding the most beautiful, old, or picturesque village, and the winners are more varied and diverse than one might think. The most successful communities are often those that achieve the greatest involvement and community spirit from their residents." 

Yoxall is a village based around the community. It is friendly and welcoming, so apparent when you walk in the village, visit the shops, post office, pubs, sports ground or one of its many social groups held in the busy Parish Hall. It has a fine school and beautiful places of worship. Our local areas such as Ferrers Field, Goose Green, Swarbourne Meadow and Milne Holme Pingle provide places for recreation and relaxation.

So how successful has Yoxall been? We have entered the large village category most years and over the last 35 (plus) years have enjoyed a number of first, second and third placing. Yoxall has entered the competition again, in the hope that you will help us be successful.

Update.

A village clear-up took place on 2nd April. Thanks to all volunteers, 28 in total and to the businesses that supported the refreshment facility. Paul Shum Family Butchers, Yoxall Village Stores and Rachael and Gregg at the Cup. Thanks also to the hard working team of cooks.

Judging of the BKV entrants takes place from 1st May to 31st July. Advices will be displayed via posters, notice boards, social media etc. A BKV banner will be displayed on the school fencing.

A further article will be produced in May. Further clean up and additional jobs requiring attention will be advised shortly, so do get involved.

For further information about BKV and how you can help, please contact Sue Evans (Parish Councillor) on suecevs@gmail or 01543 472063.