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Regional news magazine launches bid to find patch’s nicest village

A regional news magazine has launched an appeal to find its patch’s nicest village.

Dalesman has launched its Yorkshire Village of the Year competition for 2019, which aims to celebrate the county’s rural life.

The free-to-enter competition is open to all rural villages in the historic county of Yorkshire.

Entries are welcome from any community group, parish council, or group of residents who represent their village.

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Dalesman editor Adrian Braddy said: “Yorkshire is home to more than 1,500 rural villages, each with its own charm, character and identity. These often-ignored communities deserve more attention as they are the lifeblood of our countryside.

“Of course, a village is nothing without its residents. These small communities only remain vibrant, attractive places thanks to the energy, resourcefulness and spirit demonstrated by those who live and work there.

“Most village halls, shops, churches, pubs, greens, parks, organisations and events would simply disappear without the support of the local community. Behind every flowerbed, defibrillator, broadband scheme and fête is a team of hard-working, selfless people who put themselves out to improve their neighbourhood.

“Yet, much of this important work is done without recognition and on strictly limited resources, as much of the attention – and funding – is focused on larger towns and cities.”