The results of this year’s Best Kept Village Competition have been announced and we are very pleased to report that Brewood came second in the large village category and Bishop’s Wood came third in the small village category. Congratulations to everyone who is involved throughout the year, not only at competition time. Full details of all winners will shortly be available on the Community Council of Staffordshire’s website at www.staffs.org.uk.
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Entries in Bishops Wood Village (15)
South Staffordshire Council is currently undertaking a survey of open spaces in our villages to see how they are used and whether they can be improved.
Responses are invited via their questionnaire which can be found at: www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localplans maps of local villages and their existing open spaces are also available from this site, see ‘Locality 2’
Alternatively, copies of the survey are available from the Parish Council office (35 Stafford Street, Brewood), Brewood library, leisure centres and children centres.
Surveys must be submitted by the closing date 16 October 2013.
The Staffordshire County Council consultation on changes proposed to School Transport has been withdrawn as of Tuesday 2 July. Further details are available here.
Staffordshire County Council had outlined proposals to change the arrangements for the provision of school transport which would withdraw free transport to catchment area schools in favour of geographically nearest schools. Transport to other schools rather than a child's nearest would cost families £380 per child.
This had more significance than simply trying to reduce the cost of transport services. If pupils elected to go to their nearest school to qualify for free transport then the fall in pupil numbers at Brewood Middle School and Wolgarston High School could have had a significant negative impact on the scope and quality of education and the social environment provided at those schools. This in turn could have had a serious impact on the sustainability of local communities in the longer term.
Are you going to support your village to win the Community Council of Staffordshire’s Best Kept Village Competition in 2013?
Although we may have only just put the Christmas decorations away thoughts have already turned to the 2013 Best Kept Village competition, as organised by the Community Council of Staffordshire. Communities in Staffordshire compete against each other in the competition by entering one of two categories depending on the size of their village – Brewood and Coven qualify for the Best Kept Large Village competition while Bishops Wood and Coven Heath meet the criteria as entries for the Best Kept Small Village competition.
In the first few months of 2013 communities, led by each villages’ BKV Working Group, simply need to update the entry map used by the judges when visiting each village and complete the entry form. The Parish Council is pleased to sponsor each community entering the competition by funding the cost of the entry fee, BKV official posters and photocopying and laminating costs. The Parish Council also funds prizes for the Children’s BKV Poster competition, so look out for any news from the BKV Working Groups.
The Parish Council has already started planning what work can be done around the village including refurbishing its bus shelters, painting benches and tidying verges which may otherwise be left neglected. Although this work helps, the competition is judged as a community event and as such is reliant on the community to join forces to take a critical look at their village to identify what they could do to improve their local environment; be it helping to keep the streets and lanes clean and free from litter, clearing those weeds at the end of the drive and dog owners always clearing up after their dogs.
These activities need to get underway as soon as the weather permits and commence throughout the summer with judging taking place from May to the end of July. And just to keep everyone on their toes, you never know when the judges are visiting. No pressure, you just have to maintain the high standard throughout the competition – unless you choose, like some volunteers, to keep it up all year round!
Want to help make a difference to your local environment this year? Join in the Best Kept Village competition and do your bit. Phone the Clerk on 01902 850809 for more details.