C ommunity Lincs and the Campaign to Protect Rural England would like to thank Lincolnshire County Council and Boston Borough, East Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Holland, South Kesteven and West Lindsey District Councils for their support over the years. They have consistently worked in partnership with us, supporting the competition, providing funding and encouraging communities to get involved.
A special thank you goes to Richard Pennell of Pennells Garden Centres; trees have been donated to the winners of the three main categories by Richard and his family since 1964. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the competition Richard will present a bench to the top scoring community, taken from the results of the last 50 years.
The Federation of Small Businesses’ Real Life Entrepreneurs project supported a category for the 50th anniversary year, the category was to encourage shops in communities to get involved, thanks go to all those involved with this organisation.
There is no doubt that the competition would not have been so successful and popular without the continued hard work and good cheer of the Judges. They number up to 80 at any one time, all of whom have given their time voluntarily travelling to all corners of the County.
Community Lincs would like to thank The Heritage Lottery Fund, their financial support has enabled Community Lincs to run the 50th Anniversary Heritage Lottery Project, to celebrate and document the history of the competition. Their grant has enabled us to research and develop a Website, Booklet and Touring display. Related thanks go to the many researchers who have worked tirelessly to gather information from communities throughout the County, the individuals in the Top Ten communities who have been interviewed and Heritage Lincolnshire who have guided Community Lincs along the way.
Finally to all those who have been involved in organising, administering and managing the project over the years, thank you very much from Community Lincs and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.