Elham Parish Council We are very pleased to announce that Elham has been awarded the title of Kent Village of the Year, as well as being very successful in the individual categories of the competition. This is a fantastic testament to the hard work put in by so many residents in and around Elham. The competition was organised by Action with Communities in Rural Kent, which is the Rural Community Council for Kent and Medway. Their aim is to excel in the provision of information and support to communities in Kent to enable them to help themselves through action involving all sections of the community. The competition was sponsored by Kent Men of Trees and The Kent County Agricultural Society who amongst many other things organise the Kent County Show.
The category awards were not given due to the work of one group or an individual’s actions, but on how the category themes ran through a plethora of initiatives, organisations, clubs, businesses and others in the village (over 50 at the last count - we submitted a synopsis of each to the judging panel) which of course has led us to gain our overall title! Our awards were: Overall Kent Village of the Year - Kent Village of the Year for Environment - Runner-Up Kent Village of the Year for Social Action - Runner-Up Kent Village of the Year for Economy. As well as the prestige associated with the award we have been given £250 to be spent on a village project, two trees, framed certificates and two “Kent Village of the Year” signs, which we host for a year, kindly installed by the British Legion. Someone said to the Parish Council on hearing of the award; “a lot of people work hard in all kinds of ways – often anonymously giving us a sense of wholeness”. In preparing our bid for the award, it became immediately apparent that we will live in a village that not only excels at the big headline grabbing work but also excels in the small important things that may seem inconsequential to some but vital to others. We should take pride in what has been accomplished but also look at it as an ongoing reminder of how when our village, Elham, unites, great things can happen. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work on a day-to-day basis that makes this award so deserved.