VILLAGERS are celebrating recognition for their community spirit and quality of rural life.
Shelley has been named as a finalist in this year's Yorkshire Village of the Year competition organised by the Yorkshire Rural Community Council.
Ann Priestman, president of Shelley Community Association, said: "It's not a picture postcard village, but it's a real feather in our cap to have got this far.
"The last time that we entered was about four years ago when we narrowly missed being short-listed so excitement is running high in Shelley now."
Judges will tour Shelley later this month and meet representatives from organisations which best display village life.
And results of the competition will be announced in the autumn.
Organisers of the competition say they are looking for well organised, pro-active, caring village communities which make the best of local opportunities to enhance the quality of life of people living there.
"We think we can demonstrate a thriving community in Shelley," added Mrs Priestman.
"The whole village shares in giving Shelley it's own identity."
Shelley's winning points:
* Its garden festival. Last year's event raised £3,000 with half going towards Shelley High School.
* A conservation group which has transformed an area called The Whins, off Far Bank, into a habitat which is a haven for birds and butterflies.
* Its links with young people and the elderly. A mini-bus for the over 60s has recently won an award and there are also good links with the village's schools. It also has several young people's groups including dance and Cubs.
* Thriving sporting teams and clubs including cricket and football.
* Its links with local businesses. Armitage's garden centre is one of several local businesses which support village life.
* Its art exhibition on June 11 and 12.
* Shelley Gala. This year's is on Sunday, July 4.