Vernham Dean celebrated its nomination as Hampshire Village of the Year with a Party at the Millennium Hall.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s longstanding and successful Village of the Year competition for 2012 once again produced high quality entries and amazing local community initiatives in this Jubilee and Olympics year, from across Hampshire. County Organiser since 2006, Steven Lugg said, “We are so grateful to Fuller’s Brewery for their continuing sponsorship which allows us to showcase all that is good in our local communities."
Vernham Dean won the "Pub is the Hub" competition. "All credit to James and Nicky Haigh for what they have done since they took over the George. It is a great example of a good village pub and shows how pubs can thrive in a challenging environment if they provide a welcoming atmosphere, good quality service and excellent food."
Vernham Dean also won the Best Small Village competition; but they crowned it all by winning Hampshire Village of the Year.
Speaking at the celebration, the Chairman of the Parish Council John Garbutt thanked Sue and Richard Winch, James and Nicky Haigh, Karen Nightingale (Clerk to the Parish Council) and Mary Perry for the energy they put into the competition. He also thanked Philip Bassett and Baroness Symons for donating a field on the edge of the village to be a wild flower field, to be enjoyed by the local community.
"I very much enjoyed looking in on the Jubilee celebrations in the village, and the scarecrow competition was simply unforgettable. The village also celebrated the Olympics with a Sports Day and I quite understand why the judges chose Vernham Dean as the Hampshire Village of the Year. As the local MP, I congratulate them on behalf of the 80,000 people I represent."