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Dinton and Teffont are best kept villages
TWO Salisbury villages have been named among the best kept in Wiltshire.
The county’s Best Kept Village competition, sponsored by the Hills Group and judged by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), saw 50 villages across the county put under the microscope for tidiness, cleanliness, presentation and village community spirit.
Teffont was the winner in the small village category and Dinton won the special Laurence Kitching Award, which is for the winning six villages from 2011 and 2012, which cannot compete in the main competition.
Claire Churchill, parish clerk for both villages, said: “Teffont is a small village but there’s a huge amount going on. “It’s very community-minded; everyone in the village works together.”
To prepare for the judges, villagers held a litter pick was organised and people painted noticeboards, cleaned bus shelters and spruced up phone boxes.
In Dinton all the different organisations pulled together to make sure the recreation ground and the village hall were beautifully kept, that rubbish was picked up and that hedges and grass areas were kept trim.
The winning villages will keep an eight-foot standard with a mounted shield for a year. The award ceremonies will take place on September 22.
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