‘Family friendly’ village accolade

THE VILLAGE of Dunnington has been named among the best in Britain to bring up children.

The picturesque setting was one of a number of Yorkshire towns or villages named in a poll to find the ideal place for young families to live. It was based on an analysis of factors including crime rates, house prices and access to good schools.

Dunnington was named 14th following research conducted by Calnea Analytics in July for the company’s Family Friendly Hotspots Report.

Researchers looked at more than 60 indicators - both positive and negative - in 2,400 postcode areas in England and Wales to draw up the list of family-friendly hotspots.

Resident and secretary to the Dunnington In Bloom committee, Derek White, commented: “It was a bit of a shock to hear about that, but it’s really good news.

“To get recognised in something like this shows that the work we do within the community and the spirit we have here has obviously come through.”

The news is another feather in the cap of Dunnington, who picked up a silver gilt in the Britain in Bloom competition last week. The village has been a regular in the national competition over the past few years having swept aside the local competition during Yorkshire In Bloom.

However, this year’s judging coincided with a huge storm in early August that brought chaos to the village. Over £50,000 worth of damage was caused as trees were blown down and even a farmer’s barn was lifted from its plinth and dumped upside down.

But Mr White was modest about the weather’s effect on the outcome.

He said: “I don’t think the weather made a difference, with the comments we had from the judges, they could see what was there before the storm.

“We were very pleased, we thought that all things considered, it was an excellent result. We were a little disappointed not to get the gold but we are happy with the silver gilt.”

The village will now be entered into the Yorkshire In Bloom competition next year, where Mr White hopes they can qualify for Britain in Bloom again.