Chandler’s Ford may not feel like a ‘village’ anymore, but … Chandler’s Ford has just won the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Village of the Year Award 2018.
At a presentation evening on 25 September, Chandler’s Ford Parish Council attended the Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) / Fullers Hampshire Village of the Year Awards presentation and came away with the Village of the Year Award for 2018 and was also commended with Runner Up Awards for: –
- Best Open Spaces (the quality of Recreation Grounds, Play Areas, Tennis Courts and Wildflower Meadows were cited, just one year after bringing the grounds maintenance in-house.)
- Best Community Event (the Fryern Funtasia 2018)
- Excellence in Localism
The Chairman of CFPC, Cllr James Duguid and Cllr Margaret Atkinson jointly accepted the awards/certificates, commemorative plaque and a cheque for £500 as the winners of the Village of the Year.
Cllr Mike Hughes also received an award as an Inspirational Individual for his work/dedication to developing and sustaining community facilities/associations.
The runners-up is Four Marks, followed by Swanmore.
Chandler’s Ford Parish Council has put together a video to show the achievements of Chandler’s Ford:
How did Chandler’s Ford stand out?
“In just over eight years, Chandler’s Ford has transformed significantly. The parish council formed in 2010 has successfully taken on assets from the principal council. It redeveloped and extended Fryern Pavilion which now forms the heart of the village.
It took in-house the grounds maintenance service; made real and visible improvements in play area provision and equipment; is a key player in running and coordinating large and varied community events and is currently leading the £1.5-£1.8m Hiltingbury Pavilion extension and refurbishment project.
HALC therefore felt that Chandler’s Ford has done a lot in a very short space of time. The make-up of Chandler’s Ford, as a parish, is not straightforward in that it comprises three main areas (or villages within the parish) but the Council has ensured an inclusive feel, ensuring that no area is overlooked as it continues to move forward and as community identity is strengthened.”