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Community celebrates trophy success

Residents in Lapley celebrated in force at a ceremony marking their achievement as the best kept village in South Staffordshire.

Residents and parish councillors were presented with the trophy for the village for the second year running by joint sponsors South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) and South Staffordshire Council.

Lapley was selected as the overall Best Kept Village in South Staffordshire, as well as the Best Kept Small Village, and Wheaton Aston was named Best Kept Large Village in South Staffordshire and Stretton was highly commended – a trio of awards for the parish.

Barbara Cox, vice-chairman of Lapley, Stretton and Wheaton Aston Parish Council, who entered all three of its villages into the competition and whose working group coordinated this year’s efforts, received the award on behalf of the Parish Council.

Barbara said: “The Parish Council is thrilled that Lapley has won Best Small Village and is the overall winner in South Staffordshire. I was pleased to receive the award on behalf of the Parish Council.

“Thanks go to all of the volunteers in Lapley, Bloomin’ Gardens and Landscapes Ltd for their grounds maintenance work in the parish, the Parish Council’s Village orderly Mr Bissell, and Mr Cadman for his wonderful floral displays.

“The fact that all three villages have achieved in this year’s competition reflects the increased effort that the Parish Council has made on maintenance of the whole parish.”

SSHA and South Staffordshire Council have sponsored the two South Staffordshire categories in the Staffordshire Best Kept Village competition for three years.

The aim of the competition, which has run for 56 years and attracts more than 50 entrants, is to reward communities which take pride in the appearance of their public areas.
Jan Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the hard work and time invested by the people of Lapley and Wheaton Aston in making their villages a better place to live.
“Our sponsorship with the council is part of our wider commitment to improving homes and neighbourhoods. It was a joy to see so many people working towards a common good and taking pride in their community. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

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