Wiltshire village of the year winners announced

Wiltshire village of the year winners announced

The winners of this year's Wiltshire Village of the Year competition have been announced following a public vote.

The Wiltshire Village of the Year competition celebrates the beauty and community spirit of villages across the county, while also recognising local heroes and shops.

This year, we supported the competition as a way of giving back to the communities that make the county such an amazing place to live and visit.

Best Village Hero – Wilton HELP

This year’s winner of the Best Village Hero is Wilton HELP. The community group delivered a total of 997 medical prescriptions, carried out 597 shopping trips and completed 310 errands. The Wilton-based voluntary group, ran by 113 volunteers, was formed to ensure those who were shielding received medication, groceries and telephone support during lockdown.

Wilton Help volunteers Pete Blackman, Hannah Abbey, Adam Cooke, Charlotte Blackman and Steve Milton. Picture credit: Spencer Mulholland

Best Large Village – Winterslow

With a population of around 2,000, Winterslow has been named the Best Large Village. It is located around seven miles east of Salisbury and prides itself on its warm community spirit. From its pubs and sports facilities to its yearly events and weekly clubs, the village brings people together on a regular basis.

A rainbow in Winterslow. Picture credit: Ian Grimes, Salisbury Camera Club Member

Best Small Village – Coombe Bissett

Coombe Bissett has been crowned Best Small Village in Wiltshire. The quiet and quaint village has an abundance of countryside which is often explored by avid ramblers and dog walkers. Locals describe the village as friendly and welcoming, as well as a place that provides a sense of safety and freedom.

Coombe Bissett’s countryside. Picture credit: Karen Smith

Best Hamlet – Swallowcliffe

The village of Swallowcliffe, with a population of around 180 residents, has been voted Best Hamlet. Its old-fashioned community way of life is enjoyed by many people in the area. A number of residents even came together during lockdown to collect and deliver shopping and prescriptions to vulnerable people, which is a testament to the village’s community spirit.

Barry Fitzpatrick, Caroline and Pippin Willis, Sophie and Caolilaa Menage, Stephen Banas and Judy Fitzpatrick. Picture credit: Spencer Mulholland

Best Village Shop – Fourway Stores

Rohit Babbar has only been running Fourway Stores in Great Somerford for the past two years. Nevertheless, it has become a vital part of the community and has been named Best Village Shop. Rohit consistently stocks the shop with products people in the area need, and organised a group of volunteers to deliver groceries to vulnerable people in the village during lockdown.

Rohit Babbar and his team

Supporting the competition

Head of community engagement Kirsty Scarlett said: “Congratulations to the residents of each winning village and all the people who nominated and voted in the competition. We are delighted to celebrate this much-needed community spirit during such difficult times.

“It is clear from the nominations and winners in the competition that Wiltshire is a county full of beautiful villages that pride themselves on providing support for those who need it most, as well as caring for their local environment.

“I was particularly pleased that the nominations featured village shop and hero categories, as it was so inspiring to hear about how even just a few people coming together can really help and improve their local community.

“As a local company we are proud every day to serve our Wiltshire customers and to help communities across the region with funding and volunteering, so it’s been a delight to support the Wiltshire Village of the Year competition.”

Written by

Tom Thomson

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