Newstead and Woodborough share the spoils in Tour of Britain ‘best dressed village’ contest

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Two villages have shared the spoils in a competition rewarding those that transformed their communities in celebration of last year’s Tour of Britain event.

Newstead and Woodborough have been named as joint winners of the competition organised by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Both villages this week were presented with unique signposts honouring their victories.

Cllr Sue Saddington, met with local residents and parish council members from both villages during her final week as the Council’s Chairman to present the award.

She said: “The ‘best dressed village’ signposts are a legacy to these villages’ roles in making the Tour of Britain a real spectacle when it came to the County last year.

PICTURED: Newstead residents are pictured with their signpost outside The Pit micro pub

Residents in villages and towns across the county embraced the international sporting event and put up miles of bunting, flags, decorative yellow bikes and creative displays to welcome some of the world’s top cyclists as they raced 215kms through the county.

Woodborough resident Deborah Bliss decided to enter her village for the competition.

PICTURED: Woodborough residents (l to r) Simon Hall, Chairman, Margaret Briggs and Deborah Bliss

She said “We were very pleased to have jointly won and now have this signpost in place.   

“Our displays, which took several meetings in the local pub to plan, were inspired by community spirit, pride in our village and wanting to give the cyclists a warm welcome as they sped through Woodborough. 

“They included many yellow bikes, metres of bunting and a display of yellow hoops and wheels. 

“Scarecrow figures falling into hedges and other fun features were added by homeowners and Woodborough Wood’s Foundation School pupils. On the day, yellow twirling umbrellas among the huge crowd completed the display.

“We were supported by local residents, the Parish Council , Woodborough  Community Association and local businesses, in particular Timmermans Garden Centre and Woodborough Park Farm and their magnificent land art creations.” 

Newstead businesswoman, Lorraine Horrocks, runs The Pit micropub in Newstead. She entered the competition on behalf of her village.

She said: “Jointly winning this award was a very proud moment for this community and we hope it inspires others to join in with future community events and celebrations. 

“Everyone got involved and dedicated many hours of their time; from the local sewing group,  the local youth club, The Newstead Centre, The Pit Micropub, CAST Angling Project as well as other local residents and Gedling Borough Council.

“Newstead Parish Council provided hundreds of metres of bunting and balloons which adorned the length of the route through the village. We even have a permanent cycling-related installation created by live on the day by local artist Toz Flanders.”

The signposts are located on the Governor’s Field in Woodborough and next to The Pit micro pub  in Newstead

Emily Sanchez

Emily Sanchez

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