Wonderful Villages’ photo competition winners

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Wonderful Villages photo competition winners  

A village hall in Gloucestershire village has scooped first prize in a national photo competition, winning some much needed financial support in what has been a difficult year for anyone organising community activities. The ‘Wonderful Villages’ competition, run by Allied Westminster - the largest specialist and provider of village hall insurance - led to almost 1,000 entries from all parts of the United Kingdom. The prize-winning photograph submitted by Whitecroft War Memorial Hall, features a charity fund-raising event and was taken by local resident Mike Gardiner before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. The result means Whitecroft War Memorial Hall receives a cash prize of £1,000, with £500 going to the photographer. Allied Westminster’s Managing Director, Gavin Mitchell, who was part of the judging panel, said: “We were looking for photos that really told a story about the value of community life and so the Whitecroft Hall image absolutely stood out for us. It not only captures the diversity of the people using the Hall, but also the fun and joy of the community event they’re all participating in. 

Gavin added: “We also found it a poignant reminder of the kind of social activities we’ve all been missing out on in 2020.” Ian McNally, one of a group of locals who give up their time to support the running of Whitecroft War Memorial Hall, commented: “We’re delighted with the recognition and pleased for Mike who did a terrific job helping us win the prize. The photo itself is from a quiz and fun night at the Hall, which raised money for the Local Forest Pulse charity . “It’s been a difficult year this year, because social activity lies at the heart of what the Hall provides. So some good news like this and a bit of financial support certainly helps. I expect we’ll be investing the prize money back into some community activity very soon.” Great Salkeld Village Hall and Reading Room took second prize, with Phil Bowden taking a great action shot of an egg-catching game at their annual sports day event. The Hall received £500 in prize money with £250 going to the photographer. Other winners were Littleton-upon-Severn Village Hall, also in Gloucestershire, Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall in Devon and South Harting Community Hall in Hampshire.