Villages scoop website awards

PUBLISHED: 07:26 12 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:19 31 May 2010

CLEAR and informative websites from two parish councils in Uttlesford have been voted the best in the county. The websites of Hadstock and Wimbish parish councils have each been given awards for the quality of their content and their ease of use. Users of

CLEAR and informative websites from two parish councils in Uttlesford have been voted the best in the county.

The websites of Hadstock and Wimbish parish councils have each been given awards for the quality of their content and their ease of use.

Users of the free essexinfo.net service, which enables community groups, voluntary organisations and parish and town councils to create websites without web skills or specialist software, voted the two village sites the best in both categories of a competition.

Hadstock's site, at www.essexinfo.net/hadstock, was voted the best site on the www.essexinfo.net service, while Wimbish's page, at www.wimbish.org.uk, was voted the best external site.

Cllr John Bullough, Wimbish Parish Council chairman, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to have won this award.

"We're very proud of what we've done, and delighted it's been recognised in this way."

Wimbish's website was established five years ago, when a group of villagers decided it would be a good idea to have a site for the community.

Cllr Bullough said: "The site is run by a team of volunteers. We try and keep it full of interesting content, pictures and information, and up-to-date.

"Without the expertise of Judith Bonser the website would have been impossible; she's been central to the whole project.

"David Corke and Bronwen Woods have also been closely involved, as well as several others over the last few years."

Wimbish Parish Council expect they will receive the award from essexinfo.net at their next council meeting in May.

Hadstock's site is maintained by parish Cllr Isabel Fish, who has been in charge of the page since it was created just over a year ago.

Cllr Fish said: "I'm absolutely delighted that the website's won this award; we're very proud because we're such a small village.

"We try and bring together lots of useful information for the community and allow villagers to contribute.

"We have a discussion board and have just started putting the village magazine online as well."

Cllr Fish has no specialist IT skills, but said the essexinfo.net service made creating a page simple and straightforward.

"The free service offered by essexinfo.net is a great package - it's very easy to use and provides all of the tools you need, but is also easy to adapt to make a unique site," she said.

"As someone who doesn't work in IT or have any specialist knowledge, it's been great."

Essex has 270 parish and town councils, 52 of which are in the district of Uttlesford. More than 120 of these have pages on www.essexinfo.net

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