WEMBDON'S Playing Fields have been named as the best in the county.

The award for Somerset Playing Field of the Year was presented to the chairman of Wembdon Parish Council Cllr Mike Solomon on behalf of the village.

Cllr Solomon was presented with the Healey Cup by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Edward Allen.

Cllr Solomon said that he was very proud to represent the huge team of people who had worked to earn this fantastic achievement.

In particular Mike thanked Dan Bingham and the Wembdon Cricket Club for their work on the playing pitches, Andrew Sutton for keeping the playing fields and surrounding areas in excellent order, The Wembdon Give a Day team of village volunteers and those who raised funds to complete the entrance and car park with re-surfacing, and tireless litter picker, Beryl Morton.

The Parish Council was also highly commended for its policy of Access for All, which ensures that it is providing recreational facilities that benefit everybody in their community, regardless of their capability, installing the latest specification Changing Places toilet and changing room at the Village Hall, fully-accessible play equipment in the playing fields and new tarmac-surfaced footpaths, with solar lighting, to provide better and safer access to wheelchair users, mobility scooters and those less steady on their feet.

Cllr Solomon concluded: "We are very proud of winning the cup because it is a real recognition of the work carried out by so many in our community for the benefit of us all."