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RCC Village & Community Achievement Awards 2014

Sponsors The Melton Mowbray Building Society and Tarratt Jewellers of Leicester

RCC Village & Community Achievement Awards 2013

Sponsors Tarratt Jewellers of Leicester in their centenary year.

of the RCC Village Achievement Awards 2013

Community groups from across Leicestershire
& Rutland gathered in the Hodson Hall, Loughborough Grammar School to find
out if they had won an award in the 2013 RCC Achievement Awards.

one hundred people were at the school on September 19th to witness Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant
of Leicestershire and president of the RCC present the awards to communities
winners and highly commended awards in the competition for their locally run

The standard of all the
submissions in this year's awards was of an exceptionally high standard and all
entries should be congratulated. The judging panel were given a very difficult
task to determine the winners and those that should be Highly Commended.

are two award categories ; Community (including Cleaner and Greener) and the "Col
John Hegg's" Village or Community Hall Award.

Community and Cleaner & Greener.

Entries in this category were

Appleby Magna Grass Roots
Festival, Blaby Community, Bottesford Skate Park, Coleorton & New Lount
Volunteer Group, Diseworth Diamond Jubilee Year 2012, Packington Community
Events, Queniborough Friendship Group, Somerby Vaudevillians and Thurmaston
Silverdale Play Park.

Winner who received a
"Winner's Certificate" and a cheque for £250.00.

& New Lount Volunteer Group

Some of the Judge's comments :- What an
amazing project to change two abandoned coalmine sites at New Lount and
Coleorton into nature recreational sites available for many community uses.

Both sites are managed by the volunteer
group led by John Macdonald Heritage Warden for Coleorton parish who is
Chairman of the group.

There are a team of fifty volunteers who
are assisted by two County Council Rangers who are on site at least twice a

There is a strong social programme of
events to provide funds and bond the local residents and volunteers.

The management group have produced a
professional and workable printed management plan to continue this project for
the next three years and onwards.

"Highly Commended" certificates were also presented to:-

Appleby Magna Grass Roots Festival, Bottesford Skatepark, Diseworth
Diamond Jubilee Year 2012, Queniborough Friendship Club and Somerby

and Village Halls

Entries in this category:-

Blaby and District Social Centre, Foxton
(Robert Monk's Charity), Groby Village Hall, Houghton on the Hill Village Hall,
Packington Village Hall and Sileby Community Centre.

Winner who received a "Winner's Certificate"
and a cheque for £250.00.

Village Hall

Packington Village Hall dates
from 1957, but has undergone a major refurbishment. It is an excellent facility for the village
and surrounding area.

There is a wide calendar of
events: The "Big Breakfast", Village "Bake Off", monthly lunches for senior
citizens, a summer lunch, a Christmas lunch, a high tea, a BBQ (and duck race)
on Open Gardens day, a Horticultural Show, Harvest Supper, Centre Stage events.
All ages are covered from the daily playgroup to the U3A.

The Judge's agreed that this
was superb community facility.

"Highly Commended" certificates were also presented to:-

Foxton (Robert Monk'sFoxton Charity) and Houghton on the Hill
Village Hall.

Pat Crane chair of the Competition
Committee said:-

" This competition continues to impress with its range and standard of entries
and continues to show how volunteers of all ages in
Leicestershire and Rutland villages can really work together supported by the
RCC to make a difference benefiting their communities".

Archives of the past RCC Achievement Award and Best Village Competitions

Follow the links below to see the reports and the winners from previous years.

Col Sir Andrew Martin Annual Memorial Cricket Competition

For information contact www.ruralcc.org.uk 0116 266 2905