Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council

 

Best Kept Village.

Best Kept Village competition 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 have made posters through a competition sponsored by the Parish Council. Winning posters displayed around the village and in bush shelters. 

We have received 2 visits from the judges with the second visit made early in June. Feedback awaited.

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.

Further village tidy up to take place in September when a number of hedges will also need to be cut, and maintenance carried out on the notice board/bus shelter.clear-up. Thanks to all this volunteers who have helped to date and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

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