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Stert village’s contest success
10:00am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
Villagers at Stert, near Devizes, celebrated on Sunday when they received first place in the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Best Kept Village competition.
It took first place in the small village category in the Kennet district round and second place in the county round. The district round was judged by Richard Aylen and Jan Boyd.
Mr Aylen wrote: “We chose Stert because, despite lacking any pub, shop, village hall or public open space, there is clearly a great sense of community and a pride in the appearance of the village.”
Dr Rowan Whimster, who judged the county round, said: “It was without doubt the closest and toughest fought competition we have judged in the last six years.”
Clive Boyes, chairman of Stert parish council, received the award from Alan Cannon of the CPRE. Mr Boyes said: “Everyone in the village is delighted by our success and the comments about community spirit are particularly pleasing.”