Mark Parish Council are delighted to be able to tell everyone in the Parish that we were shortlisted for the Medium sized village in the Village of the Year Competition  run by the Mid-Somerset series of Newspapers!


The judges who came to the village on Wednesday 12 September met members of the Parish Council and representatives of some of the village clubs at the Village Hall.


Unfortunately, we did not win - over 250 villages entered the competition to become the Small Village of the Year, Medium Village or Large Village, but we were a finalist and received a Certificate commending us!  The winning village in our category was Keinton Mandeville, and they won the prize of £2,000. 


Below is what was sent as our entry for the competition - we were only allowed 500 words, not an easy task to extol the virtues of our village in this number, but we did it!



Best Village in Somerset


Our Village has a great community spirit - its 1400 parishioners support the many social and sporting activities throughout the village.  Somerset’s oldest iron bridge crosses the Yeo used by traffic travelling along the main road which runs for three miles. There are two thriving pubs, the latter being nominated for the finals of the Somerset Life Good Food Guide 2016.  We also have a Garage and work shop, a village store and post office, a hardware store, and a Village website.


The Village Hall has regular weekly bookings including a Youth Theatre with a cast of forty children playing in shows, their most recent, High School Musical Junior, being performed at Strode Theatre. There are yoga classes, a Keep Fit class, a table tennis club with thirty members playing weekly, as well as an indoor Bowls Club and many more clubs.  Outside there is a well equipped children’s play area, which has won many awards from the Somerset Playing Fields Association, a football pitch, Multi-Use Games Area incorporating a skate park.  It’s also home to the outdoor Bowling Club founded in 1978. The Cricket Club next to the village hall was founded in 1885; they play throughout the summer months. KI-Aikido Federation is housed in the village.


 There is a thriving First & Pre-School CE Academy with 134 children from four to nine years old, and the crowning glory, of the village is our Church, which dates from 13th Century but is mainly 14th and 15th and designated by English Heritage as a Grade I building.  Choral and musical concerts run throughout the year and are always well attended. The Church Hall is home to the WI and Toddler Group together with other clubs. 


The Village Hall committee together with the Parish Council have over the last 30 years put on events including; car shows, mouse racing, flea markets, safari suppers, dances, concerts, plus many other exciting events to raise monies to equip the outside area with the play amenities you see today; all groups come together to help with the events or to attend them.  The Village Hall committee will be in control of the monies, they would like to install five pieces of Adult outdoor exercise equipment at a cost of £15k


The five reasons for wining are;

  1. The prize of £2.000 together with monies raised and grants obtained would mean that the committee would be able to put in place the equipment this year.  The Village raised £4000 in the last three years towards this equipment
  2. The benefits of this equipment will enhance the sports field alongside the Muga and skate board park.
  3. It would mean - Less isolation and improved community spirit. Sustainable and wellness- leading to improvement in physical and mental well being.
  4. Leading to - Quality of life - happier and healthier parishioners.
  5. Inclusivity – as the equipment may be used by everyone this would give the opportunity for the whole family to enjoy exercising together.










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