Vil­lage proud to be in fi­nals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

SMAR­DEN nar­rowly missed out on be­ing named the coun­try’s 2008 Calor Vil­lage of the Year. Hav­ing been named Calor Vil­lage of the Year for South Eng­land, Smar­den went through to the na­tional fi­nals at the Guild­hall in Lon­don. Vil­lage rep­re­sen­ta­tives John Low­ings and Gill Brom­ley at­tended the cer­e­mony, at which Lev­ing­ton in Suf­folk was named over­all win­ner. Nev­er­the­less, Smar­den picked up £2,500 in prize money – £1,500 as re­gional win­ners and two £500 re­gional cat­e­gory awards for busi­ness and en­vi­ron­ment. Judges de­scribed Smar­den as: “A vi­brant com­mu­nity in which vil­lagers com­bine a pride for their her­itage and sur­round­ings with a de­sire to drive Smar­den for­ward into the fu­ture, shap­ing a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment sen­si­tive to the needs of all res­i­dents, both young and old.” Gill Brom­ley said: “We were de­lighted to have got to the na­tional fi­nals.”

TV newsreader Bill Turn­bull, left, presents Smar­den rep­re­sen­ta­tives Gill Brom­ley and John Lowrings with their awards, helped by Calor manag­ing di­rec­tor Alex Davis

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