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Martinstown Wins Dorset's Best Village 2014

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7:36am 19th September 2014

The 2014 title for Dorset's best village has gone to....Martinstown

Loders was named best 'small ' village.

In addition to usual Best Village categories, there were three special awards made on the night. 'The People's Project' - the village judged to have entered the best project involving local active people. This year the winner was Charmouth with its "Shoreline" community magazine ahead of joint runners up Milborne St. Andrew "Bus 2 Go" community transport project and Briantspuddle community "Coffee Shop". Meanwhile the 'Best Environment' category -  the village judged to be doing the best 'Green' initiative  saw Alderholt "Village Pond" project  come out on top with Shipton Gorge "Community Wood" project a close runner up.  A new category introduced this year for the first time "Best Village Shop" and sponsored by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) resulted in Winfrith Newburgh Village Stores and Post Office being declared the winner with Iwerne Minster Village Shop and Post Office hard on its heels as runner up.
There were 53 entries to the competition and a list of the winners and details of prize money are below:-  in order of presentation..     

East Dorset Special Award                                                     
Sixpenny Handley                                                                                                                                    

North Dorset Special Award
Charlton Marshall                                                              )

Purbeck District Council Special Award
West Lulworth                                                                             
West Dorset District Council Special Award

Welcome Back Award - Highest % Marks
People's Project Award                                                   
Joint runners up      Briantspuddle - Coffee Shop                                         
                                Milborne St Andrew - Bus 2 Go                              

Winner       Charmouth - Shoreline Magazine                                 

Environmental Champions Award           
Runner-up   Shipton Gorge -   Saunders Richardson Wood                                                               

Alderholt - Village Pond
Best Village Shop
Runner up     Iwerne Minster Village Stores                                      
Winner   Winfrith Village Stores                                                           

Previous Winners Small Village
Runner up     Tarrant Monkton                                                             
Winner          Shipton Gorge
Previous Winners Large Village
Runner up   Winterborne Kingston                                                                                                                               
Winner          Pimperne                                                                           
Hamlets Award
Runner up  Melcombe Horsey                                                                 
Winner (including Special Plaque)     Winterbourne Steepleton                                                        

Small Village Award
Third          Wootton Fitzpaine                                                          
Runner up   Puncknowle                                                                        
Winner         Loders

Large Village Award
Joint 2nd     Alderholt  and Sturminster Marshall                                                                                                                           Winner         Martinstown  
Small Village    Loders
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Large Village  Martinstown                                                        

Dorset Community Action (DCA) is an independent voluntary organisation and charitable company. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, and has a membership of voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and local authorities from across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

DCA is committed to encouraging and supporting the interests of local communities in consultation, transport, community facilities, regeneration, sustainable living and social issues.  We also initiate and deliver new services that respond to local needs.

DCA is also the Council for Voluntary Service for Dorset and supports the development of the voluntary sector through information, networking, representation, building capacity, and filling gaps.

To find out more information, please visit Dorset Community Action's website: http://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/

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