Final Call for ‘Best Kept’ Towns, Villages and Housing Areas
This week marks the final opportunity for towns, villages and housing areas across Northern Ireland to enter the 2015 Open+Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept’ awards. Each year the awards highlight the importance of civic pride and how a group of volunteers can make a difference to the presentation of a community’s communal areas.
The official closing date for Town, Village and Housing Area entries is Friday 24th April, with judging due to commence later this summer. The awards are entered annually by councils on behalf of community groups and volunteers in the local area and this year the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, which organises the awards, is keen to encourage more volunteers to get involved and enter through their new ‘Super Council’. Applications will also be accepted from groups of private residents and can be submitted online at www.niacbestkept.com.
Doreen Muskett MBE, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council said,
“The Open+Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept’ Town, Village and Housing Area Awards are some of the most popular categories in our annual competition and always receive an excellent number of entries. This year we are keen to build upon this and welcome new entrants across all six counties.
“Each year there is strong competition for the title with many areas battling to retain their hard won crown. The passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by each of the community groups showcases how volunteers can make such a difference in keeping Northern Ireland looking its best.”
John Laverty from award sponsors, Open+Direct Insurance added, “The ‘Best Kept’ awards are a great way for volunteers to get together and demonstrate their civic pride. Northern Ireland is home to many scenic and well-kept towns, villages and housing areas which local councils and community groups work hard throughout the year to maintain.
“It’s fantastic to see such high levels of community spirit and we look forward to presenting the winners with their signage, trophies and monetary gift this autumn,” continued Mr Laverty.
The next Open+Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept’ Awards closing date will be May 24th, 2015 for the Health and Social Care Facilities category.
Pictured (L-R) Doreen Muskett (MBE) Chairman of Northern Ireland Amenity Council, Awards Patron Joe Mahon from UTV’s Lesser Spotted Journeys, Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency & John Laverty, Retail Network Manager for Open+Direct Insurance