The Devon Community of the Year competition was launched by the Community Council of Devon in 2011 to find communities across Devon that have worked to improve their physical or social environments. We received over 40 high quality applications, and we would like to thank everyone who took part. This year’s events culminated in a community conference and awards ceremony at Exeter Racecourse on Saturday 8 October. The winners and runners up are as follows:
Devon Community of the Year 2011
Winner - Bratton Fleming Community Composting Group
This year’s winning community has been providing composting services for more than 15 years, processing more than 18,000 tonnes of the community’s green waste and producing free compost in return. The seven-strong community composting team meets weekly to manage the village’s green waste - its youngest member is just 18 years old, and the oldest is in his 70s. The Group has received £35,000 from North Devon District Council for providing this valuable service which has also been returned to the community in the form of funds to provide items such as play equipment, trees, shrubs and allotments.
Runner up - Bridgetown Alive!
This community group from Totnes was formed to ensure the needs and views of local people were heard and voiced. Bridgetown is a housing estate of 3,000 residents situated on the east side of the river Dart. In 2002 the group established themselves as a charity, and have since created a ‘vision for Bridgetown Totnes’ and received monies to enhance its recreation area, and provide community notice boards, newsletters and youth clubs.
Runner up - Ermington Community Comeback Project
This was created two years ago when the rural village of Ermington lost its shop and post office. Residents feared they would become one of Devon’s many ‘drive through’ or ‘commuter villages’ and a strong community response saw residents determined to maintain a local identity. Community consultation lead to the creation of ‘Ermington Sustainable Saturdays’ - a project that provides parishioners with opportunities to buy local produce such as cakes, jams and crafts, and to promote education, provide an outlet for services in the community, and improve the overall quality of life.
Healthy Community of the Year 2011
Winner – Colyton Caterpillars Childcare
At Colyton Caterpillars, health and wellbeing are top of the agenda, with children, parents and carers learning about healthy eating and exercise from the moment they start using their services. As a not-for-profit community-based childcare charity, Colyton Caterpillars works with its children and families to provide services and support functions that are second to none. Children are taught yoga, how to grow food, given practical lessons on food production and participate in walking buses – to name but a few of their everyday health-focussed activities.
A ‘Highly commended’ certificate was also awarded to Forches Community Garden.
Green Community of the Year 2011
Winner – Bratton Fleming Composting Group
This group was fortunate to win two awards. For this particular award the judges were looking for a visionary community which took green issues seriously. The judges were hugely impressed by the way in which this group had found a simple, but effective, local solution to achieving real environmental benefits for the community.
A ‘Highly Commended’ certificate was also awarded to Bradninch Climate Action Group.
Thank you to our sponsors South West Water and NHS Devon.
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