Once again Newcastle has increased its performance in the Tidy Towns competition with 326 points in 2022 compared with 319 in 2021. The performance has shown a consistent improvement each year since 2010 when a score of 250 was achieved. The result is a credit to the way in which the village has been consistently maintained by a small core of volunteers backed up by larger numbers during our village clean day in the spring and the involvement of children in the successful anti- litter campaign, including the annual beach clean-up.
The judges, who visited the village, were particularly impressed by a number of issues with brief extracts from the Report listed below:
What an excellent idea – a Village Forum with dedicated committees. It is an ideal medium in which to allow residents, existing & new, to connect, discuss, share knowledge & talk to each other about a wide range of topics that impact on the village as a whole & they as individuals.
Newcastle’s heritage is certainly on show in the village & surrounds…. on the day of adjudication, there was no doubting the pride Newcastle residents have in their village as homes & gardens were well presented.
Your Heritage Trail is a wonderful amenity… Your newly formed Biodiversity group has not let the grass grown under their feet. It is fantastic to see they have engaged with the council on the County Development Plan, Local Authority Waters Programme.
The planting of over 200,000 native species trees by Newcastle landowners & the community of Newcastle is quite the achievement.
It is great to hear that the Repair Café is to receive a weekly spot in the Community Centre. This initiative addresses the issue of waste’s first R, reuse. How many times has an item been discarded for want of a simple repair? The demonstration of the repair gives people both confidence & skill to complete the task themselves the next time.
To hear that you have noticed a significant reduction in litter volume & that the art awareness campaign run for local children has generated a positive outcome is brilliant.
It was a delight to visit Newcastle although the foul weather cut short the Heritage Trail walk. Your work in the area of biodiversity is commendable & your plans for the future of the village ambitious.