Village scoops ‘community of the year’ award
Pavilion project earns Atherington county-wide recognition.
VILLAGERS who built their own community hall from scratch have been celebrating winning a top community award.
Atherington has been named Devon Community of the Year at a county-wide award ceremony to honour the work of local communities.
The award – run by the Community Council of Devon and sponsored by South West Water – follows the completion of a five year pavilion project using only volunteer labour from the local area.
The Atherington Children’s Playing Field Group won gained around �55,000 funding towards our new pavilion, recently valued at nearly �160,000.
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The community raised the rest of the money itself and since opening during the jubilee weekend in June, the hall has already hosted a number of birthday parties, weekly social evenings and the annual village fete.
At a ceremony at Exeter Racecourse on Friday, judges said: “This year over 30 high quality applications were received but the winner this year was a community which has been inspirational in what it does, and the way it has come together to improve the lives of local people.”
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Other North Devon communities recognised for their achievements were Umberleigh, which raised �25,000 to build a new village hall extension, and Ashwater, which won funding for a new community shop, hall and post office.