Charity Fun Day – 27th August

There will be a Charity Fun day at the Bagot Arms on Saturday 27th August starting at 12 midday.

The day will include various stalls such as splat the rat, golf challenge, name the teddy etc plus any further stalls that people would like to hire either as a charity based fund raiser – or a commercial stalls.

There will be a barbeque, bouncy castle, bucking bull and live music for an hour mid afternoon from a local group made up of very talented teenagers.

The Community First Responders and the Fire Service have also been invited to get involved.

All funds raised will be divided between nominated village charities.

Winner Best Kept Village

In the fiftieth year of the Best Kept Village competition, Abbots Bromley has not only achieved first place in the large village category in East Staffordshire, but also overall winner in the area. Neighbouring village Newborough was awarded first place in the small villages section.

A number of small improvements around the village have been made in the last year. This result is a fitting tribute to the work put in by many individuals in the village who work to improve the place where we live.

While there are no great monetary rewards for winning the competition, the focus that it gives on our environment is a helpful way of ensuring that we continue to improve and value our village.

Councillor Elkington prepared the competition entry paperwork this year, and with Councillor Needham, forms the “competitions” group on the Parish Council. Sixty eight villages took part in this 50th year of the competition.

Tarmac Trophy comes to Abbots Bromley

The village has scooped the Tarmac East Staffordshire district trophy after winning the large village category, and going head to head with the districts small village winner Newborough.

It is the 50th year of Staffordshire’s annual Best Kept Village (BKV) competition, and with an impressive 68 entries in total, competition was fierce.

Villages were judged in three rigorous rounds that ran from February 2005 until the end of July. They were viewed by the expert eyes of the judging team, who not only marked them on appearance, quality of amenities and environmental awareness but also on their level of community spirit and involvement.

Peter Jackson, Chairman of the BKV Working Group said: ”68 villages took part in the Best Kept Village 2005 competition. The competition has come to a successful conclusion with villages maintaining very high standards with much evidence of community involvement. This is reflected in the way they are working together to improve the environment and taking pride in their village”.

Eric Roy, resident of Abbot’s Bromley and representative for the parish council said: “Winning the title this year has been an extremely pleasant surprise. We haven’t made any significant changes to our village this year, but we have been concentrating on a number of smaller improvements made by dedicated villagers – and it’s paid off! This is the 25th year we have entered the BKV competition, and each year the bar is raised. We’re so proud to have won, and the fact that our win comes in the 50th year of the competition makes it even more special.”

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