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Small Village of the Year Awards - Bucklesham 'Highly Commended'

1 December 2023

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Small Village of the Year Award - Bucklesham receives 'Highly Commended' 

The Suffolk Association Of Local Councils' ‘Suffolk Community Awards’ were held on 25th September. Bucklesham had been nominated for 'Small Village of the Year' and we are thrilled to announce that we were awarded ‘Highly Commended’.

Our Chairman, Cllr David Brinkley, attended the ceremony and collected the award on behalf of the whole village.

The judges said of us:

“What a great place to live and definitely a village punching above its weight. The Judges were impressed and inspired by the benefits the residents of this village experience, and it is clear it is as a result of all the efforts of representatives and volunteers working hard in a variety of ways, including successful funding bids for various projects. The resulting wealth of activities, provision and enhancement of much valued community assets demonstrated a focus on wellbeing, and it was clear they made sure no one was left out. The flourishing Village Hall is even open on Christmas Day!”

We have a certificate and will have a beautiful plaque to display in the Village Hall. The Parish Council Chair, David Brinkley, said:

“I felt very proud and privileged to collect the award on behalf of all the residents of Bucklesham. Whilst I accepted the award, I honestly did so with a great deal of modesty. The Parish Councillors past and present have all contributed as a true team, each with their own skills which are expertly mashed together by Ruth, our Parish Clerk. I hope it gives each of them, as well as all of the other volunteers within our community from the Village Hall Committee, the Community Council, the Friends of the Playing Field (FOPs), the Church and all the organisers of the many groups and societies, the satisfaction that their contribution in all that they do has not gone unrecognised. Huge thanks to you all."