Gwent's Best Kept Valleys Village - again
Oakdale village is celebrating another 'double' success in this year's Gwent Best Kept Village awards, organised by Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and held recently in Llanarth Village Hall.
The village was judged the overall winner in categories for:
Best Kept Post-industrial Village
Most Energy-efficient Village Hall or Community Centre.
This is the second year running that Oakdale have 'scooped' both these awards. The two judges took into consideration that the judging was done on the hottest day of the year and it had not rained for several weeks. The village, however scored 86% on the marking scheme.
Comments made included:
The Village churchyard at St David's was neatly cut and tidy, the War Memorial was well maintained and the appearance of the village was generally clean and tidy despite there being a lot of litter cans and paper in the communal park areas.
The Community Centre's award for energy efficiency was helped by the installation earlier this year of LED lighting throughout its building and storage batteries to complement the Centre's solar panels. The judges were again impressed with the very high use made of the centre by over twenty local organisations between Monday and Friday each week.
This year's work was partly funded by a grant from Caerphilly County Borough Council's Welsh Church Fund.
The event was attended by Caerphilly CBC Mayor, Councillor Mike Adams and the Mayoress, Mrs Gloria Adams, both of whom expressed their pride in this 'double double' for Oakdale’s Community Partnership in a prestigious award in Gwent. 'Well done to all involved.'