Village of the Year | HALC

Village of the Year

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Village of the Year kindly sponsored by Fuller’s Brewery

The 'Village of the Year (VOY) is a long established competition supporting, encouraging and celebrating our rural communities. Village communities are self-defining; if the community considers it lives in a village, it is eligible to enter VOY. Previous winners include Liss (East Hampshire), Lyndhurst (New Forest) 2016,  Joint Winners of 2015 Bembridge (Isle of Wight) and Enham Alamein (Test Valley),  Bembridge (Isle of Wight) 2014, Bentworth (East Hampshire) 2013, Vernham Dean (Test Valley) 2012, Bishops Sutton (Winchester) 2011 and North Waltham (Basingstoke and Deane) 2010.



Hampshire Association of Local Councils is pleased to announce the 2018 winner of the FULLER’S Village of the Year is:


In just over eight years, Chandler’s Ford has transformed significantly. The parish council formed in 2010 has successfully taken on assets from the principal council. It redeveloped and extended Fryern Pavilion which now forms the heart of the village. 

It took in-house the grounds maintenance service; made real and visible improvements in play area provision and equipment; is a key player in running and co-ordinating large and varied community events and is currently leading the £1.5-£1.8m Hiltingbury Pavilion extension and refurbishment project. 

HALC therefore felt that Chandler’s Ford has done a lot in a very short space of time.  The make-up of Chandler’s Ford, as a parish, is not straightforward in that it comprises three main areas (or villages within the parish) but the Council has ensured an inclusive feel, ensuring that no area is overlooked as it continues to move forward and as community identity is strengthened.

Many congratulations! 

Runners Up:    Four Marks

Third place:     Swanmore

Congratulations also go to all our winners across the full range of categories. 

Full Competition Winners List - 2018


Best Community Initiative



Wellow (Cricket Pavilion) - Certificate & Cheque for £100



Swanmore (New Road playing field project)  - Certificate 


Highly Commended 

Four Marks (Open spaces and recreation area) - Certificate 


Best Community Event



Hound (Christmas parade) - Certificate and Cheque for £100



Chandler's Ford (Fryern Funtasi)  - Certificate


Highly Commended

Funtley (Funtley Fete) - Certificate


Best Youth Facility



Swanmore (New Road playing field project) - Certificate and Cheque for £100



Wellow (Cricket Pavilion / youth team events) - Certificate


Best Community Leader



Wellow (progressing the Cricket Pavilion) - Certificate & Cheque for £100



Funtley (Village society activities and engagement) - Certificate


Best Open Spaces

Winner  Four Marks (Signage) - Certificate and Cheque for £100  
Runner-Up Chandler's Ford (Fryern and Hiltingbury Rec) - Certificate   

Special Awards


Inspirational Individuals



Mike Hughes, Chandler's Ford 



Gaye Chesterton-Kay, Wellow



Ruth Saunders, Funtley 



Sue Jones, Wellow 


Inspiring Places


Winner - Enham Alamein : Work of the trust and village links - Certificate and £100 Cheque

Runner Up - Four Marks : Open spaces and recreation area - Certificate 


Best Small Village



Funtley - Certificate & Cheque for £100



Kingsclere - Certificate


Excellence in Localism Awards


Kingsclere, Community library and Neighbourhood Plan - Certificate and Cheque for £100


Chandler's Ford, Asset management - Certificate


Village of the Year Final



Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh - Plaque, Certificate, Cheque for £500 & Flowers



Four Marks, East Hampshire - Certificate, Flowers



Swanmore, Winchester - Certificate