Recognition for Old Buckenham
The Pride in Norfolk Community Awards recognise and highlight the hard work and achievements of so many people in both town and country. The competition is sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press and organised by the Norfolk County Council. Other organisations involved are the Norfolk Rural Community Council, the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Norfolk Association of Local Councils and CPRE Norfolk.
Last year Old Buckenham entered this competition for the first time for many years and was delighted to be the runner up in the category for villages of between 1000 and 2500 inhabitants. This year they entered again and so the village representatives found themselves sitting in the council chamber at County Hall in Norwich wondering what 2010 would bring them.
Anna Hill, who has been a presenter of BBC Radio 4's Farming Today for more than 10 years, returned for the sixth year to preside over the award ceremony. She had the job of announcing the winners and chatting to them when they came up to collect their award.
It was clear from the list of finalists that it would be either Wells-on-Sea or Old Buckenham that took first place in their category. It seemed ages before the magic words “and the winners are Old Buckenham” were heard and the realisation that the effort put into writing the entry submission and the enthusiasm when chatting to the judges on their visit to Old Buckenham had all been worthwhile. The newsletter editor was interviewed by Anna Hill and the EDP photographer lined up the representative villagers for the inevitable picture.
After all the awards had been announced there was a chance to meet and chat to people from other towns and villages while enjoying a pleasant buffet.
The next day there was a double spread on the event in the EDP and a chance to relive the evening and see just how embarrassing the photographs had turned out.