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RCC Village & Community Achievement Awards 2015

RCC (Leicestershire and Rutland)



  • Sponsored by Tarratts Jewellers of Leicester
  • Here is an opportunity for you to show off your village and win recognition for your community
  • The RCC in their role of supporting and promoting rural communities in Leicestershire & Rutland invite entries for the 2015 Achievement Awards
  • The Achievement Awards are open to all communities under 15 000
  • You may enter one or both categories, with a separate entry for each project: Community and Community Halls For community all sorts of projects are included e.g. a play area, footpath trail, an activity programme for young people, a care project for the elderly, community transport, scarecrow festival, open gardens, village show, pantomime, newsletters, websites and other ways of communication. Cleaner and Greener initiatives, conservation, tree planting, village pond, village green, footpaths, bulb planting, litter picks, recycling, saving energy.
    • It doesn't matter if this is your first time, or if you have entered in previous years. Tell us what you are proud of and what you do for your community

Full competition details and entry forms can be downloaded from our website www.ruralcc.org.uk or contact us at Community House 133 Loughborough Road Leicester LE4 5LQ 0116 2662905 competitions@ruralcc.org.uk

  • Closing date is Thursday 30th April 2015. Judging will take place between June 15th and 26th

RCC Village & Community Achievement Awards 2014

Sponsors The Melton Mowbray Building Society and Tarratt Jewellers of Leicester

Winners Appleby Magna

RCC Achievement Awards 2014

Sponsored by:-

Melton Mowbray Building Society and Tarratt Jewellers of Leicester

The presentation of the Achievement Awards took place during the Leicestershire Community Action Seminar held on Thursday 2nd October 2014 at County Hall, Glenfield where Margaret Bellamy Chair of the RCC presented the awards.

Pat Crane, Chair of the RCC AA committee stated "The standard of all the submissions in this year's awards was again of an exceptionally high standard and all entries should be congratulated. The volunteer judging panel were given a very difficult task to determine the winner and those that should be Highly Commended".

All entries this year were in the Community categories

The winner was:-

Appleby Magna, the Sir John Moore Foundation Community Project

The Sir John Moore building at Appleby Magna is a Grade 1 listed 17th century building and may be the last place that you would imagine would produce a CD such as the one, which was given to the judges on their visit.

In 2010 an Alternative Curriculum programme was set up to offer young people, who are struggling with or excluded from school, an opportunity to be educated in a different way, to gain qualifications, have work experience and increase their life chances. The Meeting Place was designed and created by young people, taking inspiration from the history around them in this magnificent setting. The philosophy is to follow the interests of the young people, whether that be motorbike mechanics or dancing. The team at Sir John Moore are full of passion and enthusiasm for this project. Although there are some paid staff, this is a vocation which takes up much of their own time.

The experience at Appleby enriches the lives of disadvantaged young people throughout Leicestershire.

Highly Commended awards went to:-

Barrowden & Wakerley Community Shop

Entered the Achievement Awards back in 2009, so we were anxious to see what was new. A completely new set of directors took over in October last year and have brought a fresh approach to this successful, not for profit organisation. Apart from the manager, the shop is run entirely by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, including young people. Selling local produce where possible, there is also a post point, a computer corner and a cafe. They organise community events at Easter, Summer and Christmas – a true community hub.

Markfield Mayflower Club

Set up in February 2014 at Markfield Community & Sports Centre. It is a club open not just to the elderly, but to vulnerable people over 50, and to carers. They provide a weekly social time with a variety of physical and mental activities, speakers on many aspects of health and social care as well as topics of general interest. The judges noticed the ambience on their visit to the club – it is so much more than an evergreen club - "one of the best of its kind they have seen". Congratulations to the volunteers who run the club, including young people from Stephenson College.

Medbourne Community Awareness Project

Started after a chance discussion by 2 residents that, although described by estate agents as "an idyllic village", there was little evidence of community participation (apart from taking children to sports activities). A community day was organised in the Village Hall to promote volunteering and participation. All village groups were involved and it was a great success. A directory was produced and delivered to all residents and put on the website. Information about groups and events is now circulated via an email network and twitter. This is a really strong, ongoing way of getting the community to communicate with each other.

A further entry from Barrow upon Soar was also commended

Barrow's entry was weakened by submitting 3 projects, 2 of which have not been completed. The Neighbourhood Plan and King George V Playing Field restoration are both worthy projects and we would encourage them to enter each of these again when completed.

The detached youth project is an excellent facility for young people, following the demise of the County Youth provision in the village, and we commend Barrow Action Group for instigating the project and the Parish Council for backing it.

Entries are now requested from Community groups for the 2015 Achievement Awards and application forms are available from the RCC website or by contacting Pat Crane on colincrane33@aol.com

RCC Achievements Awards 2013

Results 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.

Around 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 projects.

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

There 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.

Coleorton & 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 week.

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

Community 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.

Packington Village Hall

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