Organiser pulls out due to ‘current restraints’

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One of the joint organisers of the Best Kept Village and Market Town competition has vowed to carry on with the event despite its partner pulling out.

Invitations to about 330 towns and villages across Lincolnshire, including South Holland, will be sent out in the next few weeks by the county’s Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) branch.

It will be the 51st year of the competition which was jointly run by CPRE and Community Lincs who announced it was pulling out of this year’s event after “reviewing its commitments” against “current restraints.”

Stamford Marthews, Lincolnshire CPRE branch secretary, said: “From our perspective, Community Lincs has been very satisfactorily managing the competition for many years and CPRE was perfectly happy for them to continue.

“But when we sat down to discuss the arrangements for 2013, they warned us that they were reviewing all their commitments.

“We went to see them about five to six weeks ago and they said that they weren’t going to be able to manage the competition this year, although they added that if it was going to be difficult for us to carry on alone, they were prepared to share the responsibility.

“But we decided to take control of the competition and there will be no change to the competition this year.”

Rosalind Knight, chairman of Crowland in Bloom which won an award in last year’s competition, said: “I think it’s excellent news that CPRE is carrying on with the competition because it’s something that tends to pull communities together.”

Anyone interested in being a judge for the competition should write to Stamford Marthews, Branch Secretary, Lincolnshire CPRE, Stokes House, South Eau Bank, Throckenholt, Lincolnshire, PE12 0QW or email stamford.marthews@gmail.com