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Melcombe Horsey triumphs at Dorset Village Awards

PUBLISHED: 14:25 15 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:22 20 February 2013

People’s Project Winner - Shipton Gorge. Presented to Simon Cleveland of Shipton Gorge

People’s Project Winner - Shipton Gorge. Presented to Simon Cleveland of Shipton Gorge

Jubilant winners from all over the county came together to celebrate their outstanding success at the Dorset Best Kept Village competition at a presentation at Corfe Mullen Village Hall, near Wimborne.

Melcombe Horsey triumphs at Dorset Village Awards

Jubilant winners from all over the county came together to celebrate their outstanding success at the Dorset Best Kept Village competition at a presentation at Corfe Mullen Village Hall, near Wimborne. This popular event, now in its 26th year, has been organised by Dorset Community Action since 1987 and its major sponsor isMagna, Dorsets largest Housing Association. Some 55 entries from across Dorset were carefully considered, with the judges totting up over 700 miles travelling around the county in their quest to find the very best.

Helen Fisher of Dorset magazine presented the winners plaque for the Best Hamlet Award which was won by by Melcombe Horsey and was collected on their behalf by local resident Carol Eastment. This tiny hamlet of 117 residents put tremendous effort into their small community and the judges were particularly impressed by a book swap facility that has been set up in an old telephone kiosk! The book swap has brought new life into an otherwise redundant facility said Carol, adding proudly our dedicated team of locals also hand built a beautiful wooden framed bus shelter. The evenings refreshments were supplied by Dorset producers including Clipper Tea, Craigs Farm Dairies, Fudges Biscuits and Honeybuns, and Helen Furness Catering created a welcoming buffet.


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