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Residents gearing up for 2012 Staffordshire’s Best Kept Village competition

Villages around Lichfield and Burntwood are being reminded to spruce up their signs and perk up their planters in time for Staffordshire Best Kept Village competition.

The contest, which has been running since 1956, will be based on five districts – Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands/Newcastle, East Staffordshire, Lichfield/Cannock and South Staffordshire, with winners announced in August following a series of judging rounds.

Villages will have until February 24 to register their intention to enter the 2012 competition, with full entry details required by March 30.

John Perry MBE, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Working Group, said: “There were some extremely good entries last year and many things had really worked hard to ensure that the judges had their work cut out to decide on the eventual winners, at both district and county level.

“There was close competition everywhere and I expect the same in 2012. The winning villages in 2011 will be determined to defend their titles and there will be a few who will be equally determined to claim the winning spots this year.”

Villages are judged on their sense of community spirit with residents working together to improve their area.

“There will be the usual special trophies for the best large and small villages in the county, with trees kindly donated by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and a prize for the most improved village.”

For more information on the Best Kept Village Competition or information about becoming a judge, contact the Community Council of Staffordshire on 01785 242525 or email communitycouncil@staffs.org.uk.

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