The Community Foundation is excited to launch a new initiative in Shropshire offering communities within the county, the opportunity to be recognised and be able to celebrate a strong, supportive community spirit.

Shropshire’s Outstanding Community wants to offer all communities within our county the opportunity to be recognised. To celebrate the strong, supportive community spirit. Whether it’s a community within a town, a village or even a street or housing development, we want to shine a light where people come together and support each other. A community of people who have developed a safe and thriving environment in which to live.

Plenty of great things go on within our communities which does not always get duly recognised. We would like to encourage people who take pride in their community, both rurally and within our towns, to come forward and showcase what they have achieved. It is an opportunity to tell us about the great things that are going on within your community and celebrate why it’s great to live in Shropshire.

2021 Competition Winners

We were pleased to welcome the winners of the Shropshire’s Outstanding Community to the inaugural presentation held at The Ironbridge Gorge Museum on 21st October 2021.

The evening was opened by Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Stacey and the awards presented by the High Sheriff of Shropshire Tony Morris-Eyton. Joining us in the audience were the Mayors of Shropshire and local dignitaries. It was a fantastic evening and a great opportunity to meet the winners and present them with a glass engraved trophy and a cheque, to be spent on their community.

The results for Shropshire’s Outstanding Community 2021 are:

Winner of Shropshire's Large Village: Belle Vue and Coleham

Winner of Shropshire's Small Village: Edgmond

Joint Winners of Shropshire's Town: Church Stretton and Wellington

Winner of Shropshire's Community Organisation: West Mercia Search and Rescue 

Runner Up for Shropshire's Community Organisation: Park Lane Centre 

Left to right: Jacqui Idiens (Park Lane Centre), Mayor Cllr Andy Munro (Church Stretton), John Ingham (Belle Vue and Coleham), Jo Cooper (The Community Foundation) Andy Neal (West Mercia Search and Rescue), Allan Wilson (Edgmond) Deputy Mayor Cllr Dorothy Roberts (Wellington).

Many thanks to 7video for capturing Shropshire so well to support this new community initiative