The sun shone on Sunday 11th October, the bunting fluttered and the brass band played on Fulford Village Green when the trophy for winning the Best Kept Village (BKV) Competition in the Stafford District was formally presented to Fulford by David Owen, OBE, of Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd.
Martin Oxby introduced John Perry, MBE, Chairman of the BKV Competition Working Group of the Community Council of Staffordshire, and recounted how the current volunteers had entered the competition for the last 7 years, previously gaining one Third and also Highly Commended in all the other years. Also attending were Cllr Mrs Janet Eagland – Chairman, Staffordshire County Council, and Cllr Peter Jones – Mayor of Stafford Borough.
The judges had described Fulford as “a delightful village”, which “it was a pleasure to visit.” They reported that the village looked in excellent condition overall and praised the village for its efforts not only during the three month judging period but throughout the year. Congratulations went not only to the organising group but also to those who in their own time regularly swept, picked up litter and maintained areas of the village helping Fulford to become Best Small Village and Trophy Winner in the Stafford area.
The trophy, which will remain in the village for the year, was accepted from David Owen by Keith Stacey, Chairman of the Fulford Community Group, and a vote of thanks was made by David Hudson. Both recounted their own experiences of the competition, and of the community spirit that the BKV initiative had brought to the village.