Best town and village contest changes hands

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Next year’s Best Kept Village and Market Town competition will be different after one of its main organisers announced it was pulling out of the event.

Community Lincs, which has run the competition for 50 years with Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), blamed “current restraints” for its decision to withdraw.

Past winners from South Holland have included Holbeach, Kirton, Long Sutton and Crowland which lifted the Past Winners’ prize last year.

In a letter to parish and town councils, competition co-ordinator Teresa Palmer said Community Lincs had re-assessed its activities to “ensure its own continued sustainability.”

CPRE is expected to continue with the competition and the letter did confirm that Community Lincs would work to ensure a “smooth transition of organisation” for the event.

It said: “At this time of constraint on resources, Community Lincs has been re-assessing all of its activities and commitments to ensure its own continued sustainability.

“As part of this process, we have been reviewing our support to CPRE for the delivery of the Best Kept Village and Market Town competition.

“We have, with much regret, concluded that with current restraints we are unable to continue to deliver this competition.”