Black Torrington, in the heart of Ruby Country, has been awarded Runners Up in the Best Kept Village Award 2010 (Small Villages Section). The annual competition is run by the CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) and sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers Ltd. This year 60 villages entered the competition throughout Devon. Vice Chair of Black Torrington Parish Council, Penny Mills, says “we are absolutely thrilled to be awarded runners up. We have never entered the competition before, so this is a great achievement. We are all really proud of our village“. Black Torrington was just piped at the post by 2 points by Branscombe, although there was very little in it.
The judges reported that “Black Torrington is the model of the ideal village and community in that it demonstrates what can be achieved when all who live there are devoted and committed to their village, its environment and a sense of community. Rarely does one have the pleasure of visiting a Devon village which manifests such a caring and vibrant community where not a single aspect of village life is neglected but rather encouraged and enhanced“.
Congratulations Black Torrington from Ride the Ruby Country.