The St Edmundsbury Judging Panel (chaired by Councillor Cockle, with Councillors Mrs Rushen, Redhead and Thorndyke) enjoyed a day of judging on 14 June. This year's competition was open to villages with between 1251 and 2250 electors and entries were received from Barrow, Great Barton and Ixworth. The judges were warmly welcomed by all three villages, however Great Barton was the winning village. Great Barton gave an impressive flavour of the community spirit that is enjoyed, with the village being represented by the Barton Players, Great Barton Allotments Association, Great Barton Community Woodland, Great Barton Computer Club, Great Barton Emergency Planning, Great Barton Film Night, Great Barton Luncheon Club, Great Barton Primary School, Great Barton Village Hall, and Holy Innocents' Church.
The competition is organised on an annual basis by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils, with support from the district councils, and this year's event has been sponsored by UK Power Networks, the East Anglian Daily Times and the Suffolk Magazine, with support from the BBC and Adnams.