The Community Spirit Working Group meets once a month and has already identified a number of exciting projects and initiatives to be delivered within the next year:
February: Funding agreed by Lichfield District Council for improvements to green space behind village hall
March: Delivery of Ridwares W.I. bench project (corner of Uttoxeter Road and Church Lane)
25th March – Parish Wide Big Spring Clean
May: 6th-8th May – Scarecrow Trail Competition (entries required by 28th April)
8th May - Big Clean Up
Best Kept Village Community Summer Planting Event
July: Open Gardens Event (subject to interest)
November: Bulb planting at entrances to all villages within the Parish.
These projects are intended to complement other events and activities already on offer within the Parish. Other projects are in the pipeline too, including tree planting, improvements to village entrances and measures to reduce issues of isolation for groups of people within with community. Updates will be published in future copies of the Messenger and on the Parish Council website.
We would welcome further enthusiastic volunteers to join us so that we can deliver as many projects as possible. If you want to get involved or have any further suggestions for events or projects, please do let us know. Parish Clerk: 07486 706019 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Help Out
We are looking for volunteers to assist in sprucing up our Parish. If you can help out please meet outside the Village Hall at 10am on Monday 8th May. If there are any areas in the Parish that you think needs particular attention please do let us know.
Scarecrow Trail Competition
We have received an incredible 30 entries for this year’s scarecrow trail and the Parish Council is looking forward to seeing them all this weekend. This is a brand new venture for our parish so please support it if you can!
We encourage everyone to take a walk around the village, even if you are not constructing a scarecrow, to choose and vote for your favourites over the Coronation weekend of 6th - 8th May. Prizes are on offer for the most popular scarecrow so your vote is important!
We have put together a Scarecrow Trail Map and Scorecard. This can be downloaded via the link below or hard copies can be collected from the village hall over the bank holiday weekend. Your scorecard must me returned and placed in the voting box placed outside the village hall by Tuesday 9th May. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 10th May. Each scarecrow has a number and a name and the trail has been designed to start and finish at the village hall.
Best Kept Village Community
Hill Ridware is taking part in this years Best Kept Village Community competition. The Best Kept Village Community competition aims to develop and highlight a sense of pride amongst local people throughout Staffordshire. It illustrates and emphasises how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Staffordshire beautiful and how communities work together to make where they live desirable and a place, they are proud to call home.
The village will be judged on its maintenance and appearance and the community spirit amongst its residents and how that is evidenced throughout the year via supporting information. To support our entry this year, a Overview Report has been prepared to showcase our strong sense of community spirit and to try and capture as many of the events and initiatives that have taken place.
Further information on BKVC can be found via the link below:
Keep an eye out for the new BKVC banners at the entrances to the village on Uttoxeter Road and Rake End arriving soon.
This year BKVC is running a number of supplementary competitions for children and adults and there will be awards to the winners in each category! We know there is lots of talent in our Parish based on the BKVC posters we have received to date. The supplementary competitions are as follows:
• Children's Poster Competition (open to children between 5 &11 years of age) and based on the theme of the King's Coronation (Please include the child's full name, age, school and village on the back of the poster)
• Childrens' Poetry & Prose Competition (open to children between 5 &11 years of age with child’s full name, age, school and village on back of entry)
• Spirit of BKVC (open to entrants over 18 years of age) and submissions can be paintings or sketches, photographs, poetry or prose or a combination of these
• Photography Competition (This competition is open to entrants age 11-17 years) on the theme of ‘Best Kept Village Community’
All entries should be submitted to the village hall via the postbox or emailed to email@example.com by 28th April to allow the Community Spirit working group to choose those that go forward to judging.
For more information please visit https://bestkept.community/resources