South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has sponsored its first local initiative of the year; the South Staffordshire trophy of the Staffordshire Best Kept Village competition, which rewards local communities that take pride in the appearance of their public areas.
Chris Welch, Chief Executive of the Community Council of Staffordshire comments: “The Community Council’s Best Kept Village of Staffordshire Competition is now making plans for 2011, the 56th year of its formation. Its success relies on help from our sponsors and the continuing generous support and assistance of SSHA in South Staffordshire is very much appreciated.”
Jan Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, adds: “We are really pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the Best Kept Village Awards again this year. This is the third year we have done so and, through the judging process we have been proud of the beautiful villages that we have within South Staffordshire. Initiatives like this instil a sense of pride in local communities and we fully support and encourage them.”
Last year the leading housing association, part of the Housing Plus Group, donated £8,000 to local community groups, including the same category in the 2010 awards, which saw Coven and Lapley win the large and small village categories respectively. Other groups that received support were Wheaton Aston Football Club, The Right Stuff Boxing Club in Huntington, Wombourne Volunteers Bureau and the Trinity Skills Flame Choir in Stone.
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