District has no entrants in village competition

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A COUNTY-WIDE competition to find Suffolk’s finest village has picked its finalists – with not one entry from the Forest Heath area being made.

Councillors and residents pointed to a busy election year as the reason for there being no entrants to the Suffolk Village of the Year competition run by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils.

Rona Burt, chairman of Tuddenham Parish Council and one of the competition’s organisers, said Forest Heath joined Waveney in having made no nominations.

“I was quite surprised that we had no entrants but when we have got elections it’s very difficult because people are involved in other things.

“The competition gives villagers a sense of purpose to get everything ready but there’s a lot to do,” she said.

David Wheeler, chairman of Freckenham Parish Council, said a lack of resources had cost them the chance of entering the awards.

“I can’t really answer for other villages but we weren’t in a position to enter this year.

“It’s a very good competition though and we will certainly be applying next year,” he said.

The competition finalists are Great Livermere, Coddenham and Tattingstone.

Judges will be visiting the villages next Saturday to see who will get the £1,000 prize.