Boost for Bestwood Village Vision project


AN AMBITIOUS project to create a development blueprint for Bestwood Village over the next decade has received a timely financial boost.

VILLAGE VISION is aimed at creating a plan that will provide a framework of what Bestwood villagers would like to see happen in the next ten years.

It covers everything from the creation of sports facilities to services such as doctors and community nurses, street cleaning and new housing.

The document is seen as crucial in helping to preserve Bestwood’s identity, to pinpoint targets for improvement and to attract funding for future projects.

Now Coun Chris Barnfather (Con), who represents the village at Notts County Council and is also a member of Gedling Borough Council, has handed over a cheque for £500.

The money comes from a funding pot he is given to benefit projects in the communities he serves. It will go towards the cost of publishing the plan.

Meanwhile a competition has been launched for suitable Bestwood-based photos, drawings or paintings to accompany the plan when it is sent out to villagers.

Entrants should select one of these categories — the seasons, people of the village, bygone era, our surroundings, wildlife or social and leisure.

Entries should be sent to Gareth Baker, of the village’s Hawthorne Primary School or e-mailed to by next Friday (January 20). Two £25 Amazon vouchers await the winners, one for under-16s and one for over.

OUR PHOTO shows Village Vision chairman Jack Ashworth receiving the cheque from Coun Barnfather with Village Vision secretary Laura Thistlethwaite (right) and Coun Marlene Gee, a member of Bestwood Parish Council, which has supported the project.