3 September 2015 West Parley Parish Council held its annual reception at Parley Country Club on 3rd September to thank all the village volunteers for their help over the last year.
Well over 100 local residents give up their time to litter pick, plant and maintain floral displays and deliver regular parish newsletters. Weekly working parties improve the look of the village by grass cutting, tree planting, verge trimming and improving public spaces. Volunteers also help with local social events and ground maintenance at the Country Club and provide a local car transport scheme.
The annual Community Award was presented to Pat and Stuart Couper who have led the work to improve the appearance of West Parley over the last few years. They organise the village weekly working groups that maintain the public spaces and plant and maintain the increasing number of vibrant flower displays in the verge planters and community areas.
They also co-ordinate the village entry into the annual South and South East in Bloom competition and the popular West Parley front and rear garden competitions.
Pat Couper later presented this years trophy and prize for the winning garden at 114 Dorset Avenue to Valerie Briggs, who also won the rear garden competition.
The event was sponsored by West Parley Residents Association and judged by 2 local RHS judges. Once again the standard of the entries was very high and the judges had a difficult job in picking the winners.
Some of the competition entries were seen by judges of the South and South East in Bloom competition.
Marilyn Baynham won the second prize for the front garden and third prize for the rear garden competition and Anne and John Smith won the third prize for the front and second prize for their rear garden.
Volunteer of the Year award vouchers were presented to Marianne Parker, Brian Miles and Peter Gill who had given so much of their time over the past year.