Dorset's Best Village Competition 2016 launched for 30th year
The search has begun for Dorset's Best Village with the launch of the 2016 competition this week. The competition has been organised by Dorset Community Action (DCA) for the past 29 years. They want to villages to demonstrate that they work together, taking a pride in their local surroundings and amenities, while promoting great community spirit. Entry details are being sent to the county's villages inviting them to enter either through the parish council, village hall committee, school, or other active community group. Magna Housing has been the major sponsor for the competition since 2010 and has renewed its support again this year. Additional sponsorship comes from Dorset County Council, The Dorset Echo, Dorset Magazine, Blackmore Vale Magazine, along with local food producers Clipper Tea, Fudges Biscuits, Honeybuns, Craig's Dairies and Helen Furness Catering.
Besides the main "Best Village" competition, there are four other entry sections:
"The People's Project" - the village judged to have entered the best project involving local active people;
"Environmental Champions" - the village judged to be doing the best 'Green' initiative.
"Best Village Shop" - the sponsors, Dorset branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is supporting this category for a third year. Communities are asked to nominate the village shop which serves them best.
Last year Magna introduced a new category - "Neighbourliness" which is all about what the community is doing to look after its most vulnerable and needy people. Any Dorset village can enter.
The deadline for entries in the Best Village category only is 5.00pm on Monday 11th April. For all other categories the deadline is 5.00pm on Monday 25th July. DCA is encouraging groups to save paper and postage by entering the competition online if possible. Entry details can be downloaded from www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.ukor by telephoning DCA on 01305 250921 to be sent a copy by email or on paper.
Hospital launches new breast cancer support group
People diagnosed with a primary breast cancer will now be able to meet others in similar circumstances, thanks to a new support group which launches this month at Yeovil Hospital. The group, which starts on Tuesday 19th January from 1.30pm to 3.00pm in the seminar room at Yeovil Women's Hospital, has been set up by Yeovil Hospital breast care nurses for patients with primary breast cancer. Sessions will run every two months initially, with the possibility of becoming more regular if there is demand. Becky Laney, Lead Breast Care Nurse, explained the reasons behind the group saying they often see patients who are keen to meet other people going through similar experiences to themselves, so they can form a support network. Attending a group like this can help prevent a person from feeling isolated and provide a safe, confidential environment where they can talk openly about their cancer. The group will be patient-led, focussing on informal discussion, education, outdoor activities, fundraising events and improving cancer care both locally and further afield. Anyone diagnosed with primary breast cancer is welcome to come along.