Great Barton is through to the final round of the 2013 Suffolk Village of the Year competition along with Brantham and Wickham Market. On Saturday 10th August judges, Lesley Dolphin and Rob Dunger from BBC Radio Suffolk will visit each village to make their difficult decision on the winner. Marking will be based on community spirit, general appearance of the village and special activities that impress.There will also be awards for best public space and wildlife conservation.
On Saturday evening 27th July St. Edmundsbury Mayor Councillor Terry Buckle made an official visit to Great Barton Village Hall so that he could present the prizes to Great Barton for winning the district round of the "Village of the Year" competition. The presentation was made at the start of a free "Film Archive Evening" organised by Great Barton Film Night attended by about seventy residents.
Councillor Terry Buckle was pleased to present the engraved rose bowl and £500 to Mick Brabrook the village of the year co-ordinator and to the other residents who put Great Barton's competition submission together. The village retains the rose bowl for a year, the prize money will be put to community use once the result of the final is known.
Judging for the district round took place Friday 14th July Great Barton welcomed four St. Edmundsbury Borough councillors doing the judging. The village was given 1 hour and free rein to impress the judges why Great Barton should win the competition. The time constraint meant that the judges remained at the village hall site for the whole visit.
The competition is sponsored by UK Power Networks, the East Anglian Daily Times and the Suffolk Magazine, with support from the BBC and Adnams. The awards are organised on an annual basis by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils, with support from the district councils.