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Village Of The Year Competition

2nd of September 2002

The Judges for the Hertfordshire Village of the Year Competition paid two visits to Chipperfield this year. First they came in May to judge the village on how it cares for its environment and were given a tour by Councillors Holliday and Nobbs. Then on 9 July they were given a presentation in the Baptist Church Hall on other aspects of village life on which we shall be judged. To illustrate how business and the community interact, Angela Panayi gave an exciting account of taking over and running Chipperfield Larder, culminating in the news, hot off the press, that the shop had been declared Hertfordshire Delicatessen of the Year. Examples of the way in which provision is made for older people were provided by Valerie Briselden, who described the Golden Jubilee tea party in the Parish Room, by Graham Breen on the Over-50s Short Mat bowling and Rita Forsythe, one of the duty officers for Chipperfield Care. Daniel Shaw, Jack Foskett and Lizzie Melhuish from St Pauls School gave a good account of how young people play their part. The presentation ended with accounts of how volunteers support community life in general. Anne Breen spoke about ‘Chipperfield News, Mary West on the Thursday Lunch Club, Vida Metcalfe on the provision of secretarial help and Steve Hall on Chipperfield Corinthians Football Club. The Judges told us they were impressed. Our thanks go out to all who participated. Now all we have to do is wait for the results, which will be announced on 5 September. David Nobbs

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