23 July 2011
Today the Campaign for the Protection of the Rural England Hertfordshire awarded our village 2011 Hertfordshire Village of the Year West.
The Great and the Good and many others gathered at the junction of Penn Road and Tippendell Lane for the unveiling of the ‘totem pole’ which marks the award (picture below).
Two years ago we won Hertfordshire Village of the Year (Environment Category); this latest award is recognition of our increasing community spirit. The judges’ citation read:
The winner lies deep within the commuter belt with traffic thundering through it. In spite of this, it has a heart and identity of its own. There are two junior schools which share facilities. Their ‘Log Cabin’ is a terrific asset, where the Breakfast Club and the After School meet each school day. They carefully recycle waste products. They have a chipper, which makes wood chips to spread on paths and there are plans to upgrade one of their many ponds.
They’re building their own new Village Hall. All was going smoothly and nicely on schedule, until suddenly the roof needed repairs immediately, which threw all the ‘best laid plans’ into chaos. But they soldiered on and now they are once again advancing on all fronts.