Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council

 

Best Kept Village.

Best Kept Village competition 2023. 

 A presentation evening took place on Wednesday, 6th September. Yoxall came second in the large village competition which covers the whole of Staffordshire. An excellent result, made even better due to the fact that three pupils at the local school won prizes in the poster and prose competitions. A prize of £250 has been awarded to us for use in the community and we now have to decide the best use. 

Thanks to everyone who has helped to keep our village tidy during the last 12 months.

Feedback from the judges included:

Upgrading the notice boards and better provision of local information.

One or two private gardens were well below an acceptable standard.

The Sports Ground was considered untidy and scruffy.

The church notice boards were considered to be in a poor conditioned more information is required.

We have already started preparation for the 2024 competition.

Village Tidy Up weekends are proposed for Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2024.

Village Groups to be contacted in January 2024 about their participation.

2024 Competition.

Yoxall will not be taking part in this year's competition due to extensive village project work being undertaken. The organisers have been notified.

 

Yoxall entered the Best Kept Village competition for 2022 and was awarded 2nd place in the large village category.

A cup and certificate for the 2022 competition have been collected.
It is our aim to win in 2023 and we have asked representatives from the judging panel to attend a Parish Council meeting to tell us how we can make the final.

This year there will be a number of supplementary competitions.

Children's Poster Competition
This competition is open to children between 5 &11 years of age from villages which have entered the Best kept Village Community competition. Posters should be original and based on the theme of the King's Coronation. (Yoxall Penny colouring sheet available to download here.)
Villages are invited to submit three posters
The deadline for submissions is 1 June – please contact Sue Evans by Monday 29th May with your entry and contact details.


Childrens' Poetry & Prose Competition
This competition is open to children between 5 &11 years of age from villages which have entered the Best Kept Village Community competition.
Villages are invited to submit three poems or prose from each age group
The age categories for the competition are: 5-7 years and 8-11 years Please include the child's full name, age, school and village on the back of the entry
The deadline for submissions is 1 June – please contact Sue Evans by Monday 29th May with your entry and contact details.


Spirit of BKVC
This competition is open to entrants over 18 years of age.
The deadline for submissions is 1 June – please contact Sue Evans by Monday 29th May with your entry and contact details.


Photography Competition
This competition is open to entrants age 11-17 years
The theme of 'Best Kept Village Community'
The deadline for submissions is 1 June – please contact Sue Evans by Monday 29th May with your entry and contact details.
There will be awards to the winners in each category. The winners will be decided by the sponsors and the BKVC Steering Group

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. 
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.

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