Lesley Dolphin and Rob Dunger came to the Church Institute on Saturday morning 10th August to judge the village. Sixteen village organisations put on displays, time was tight Great Barton were only given an hour to impress the judges. As well as looking at displays the judges were shown round the village hall and driven round the village to see the new allotments, the community woodland areas and Diomed Drive. The other finalists were the villages of Wickham Market and Brantham.
Peter Marsh from the Second Chance Stroke group talking to Radio Suffolk Presenter Lesley Dolphin
A thank you from Mick Brabrook - Village of the Year Co-ordinator
I just want to say a big, big, big thank you for your support today. It was a wonderful, happy occasions and the church institute was really buzzing. We really could not have put on a better display, win or lose I think we did a fantastic job. In the district final we had 8 groups, today we had 16 organisations, Barton Players, Children's Society, Friday coffee mornings, Allotments, Carpet Bowls, Community Woodland, Computer Club, Emergency Planning, Film Night, Luncheon Club, Parish Council, Scouts, Village Hall, Women's Institute, Holy Innocents' Church and Second Chance Stroke Group.
Peter Turner escorted the judges around the village hall which was decorated for the afternoon wedding. The judges were driven round the village with Pam Dennis and I and they saw the, playing field, play area, the allotments, Barton Bunbury, Elms Wood, the Mill Road triangle, Downing wood off Conyers Way, Children's Society charity shop and Diomed Drive and the associated open areas.
Getting the support from 16 village organisations in the holiday season was terrific! I just want to say thank everyone for all your helpful advice which enabled us to come up with a really good plan which we were able to carry off in style.