Broughshane in Village of Year final

Thursday, 8 February 2018

BROUGHSHANE is celebrating this week after making it into the final of the Channel 4 series UK Village of the Year.
This Saturday Broughshane will find out if it has won the prestigious title of UK's Best Village, along with a cash prize of 10,000 to fund community work.
Known as the Garden Village of Ulster Broughshane has won many awards over the years, particularily for its floral displays.
Chairman of the Community Association, Lexie Scott, said it was "a very exciting time for the village".
He continued: "We have secured funding from the council and have applied for additional funding for it through the Rural Development Programme. It features as a priority in our new Village Plan. We are working with council to try to take forward the plans to build a new community centre.
“If we are lucky enough to win the prize money we intend to use this to help promote tourism in the area through the development of the village a cycle hub."
Broughshane, although no stranger to awards, has never featured on a national television programme and this has clearly added additional motivation to the many volunteers whose work makes the village the special place it is.
Tony Redmond, one of the founder members of the original community group, is pleased that the village has made it into the final.
He commented: "For me the success which the village has enjoyed in the early stages of this competition is a fitting tribute to many, unsung, decent people who helped found the community association almost 50 years ago.  Many are no longer with us but if we do manage to become Village of the Year then our success is in no small way down to their faithful commitment over the years.' said the former village GP."
Host Penelope Keith and her team of three judghes - Alex Langlands, Juliet Sargeant and Patrick Grant have travelled across the UK in their quest to find the best village.
The final of Village of the Year will take place on Saturday, February 10 and is sure to have most televisions in the village tuned to Channel 4 for the occasion.
Katherine Allen who helps run one of the many successful family businesses which are featured in the village said: "I think for us to get to the final is a tremendous achievement. We see people from all over the province come to our shop and they are always very impressed with the way the village presents itself."
Broughshane joins the villages of Beer, in Devon, and Hampstead Norreys in the final and the heats of  this weeks programme will see a fourth contender representing the north of England and Scotland joining them.
“We believe this is a tremendous accolade for the village of Broughshane and we are really delighted to be representing Northern Ireland in the finals," concluded Lexie.


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