Shropshire’s Outstanding Community Award
SOC started in 2021 to celebrate the very best of Shropshire. The competition aims to create a feelgood factor by casting a spotlight on all that is positive about the county and its people.
Communities across Shropshire can put themselves up for recognition by the scheme – and the definition of community is broad, from a town or village to a housing development, street or block of flats.
This is very much an extension of traditional competitions like Best Kept Village or Britain in Bloom, which celebrated places that were the loveliest in appearance.
SOC celebrates community spirit, the collective effort that adds to the pleasure of living in a place for its people. Taking a pride in your town, street or village’s appearance is part of it, for instance through volunteer litter-picking groups or those who voluntarily mow verges and plant public borders.
But this initiative is as much, if not more, about relationships, bonds, identity and about focusing on where people have come together with a collective investment in their neighbourhood, where attitudes and interests are commonly shared.
It’s about good neighbourliness, looking after one another, a community’s sociability and about collective day-to-day attitudes and actions that make life that little bit better for everyone.
It is about celebrating the Shropshire communities that have a strong sense of their own identity and in which their residents have an emotional stake. It shows off communities that aren’t just places where people reside but that have a heart and soul.
Congratulations to last year’s inaugural winners – Belle Vue and Coleham in Shrewsbury in the Large Village category and Edgmond in the Small Village category.
Church Stretton and Wellington were joint winners of the Outstanding Town section. Best Community Organisation was West Mercia Search and Rescue, with Park Lane Centre in Woodside, Telford, runner-up.
To make a nomination, please download the form here
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