Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
Who can enter?
The Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition is open to Parish Councils, Residents' Associations, Village Hall Committees, Women's Institutes or any other organisation that can get the support and involvement of the rest of the village and its inhabitants.
There are five entry classes based on the population size of the village:
- Hamlet Class - population up to 350.
- Small Village Class - population 351 to 1,000.
- Medium Village Class - Population 1,001 to 2,000.
- Large Village Class - Population 2,001 to 8,500.
Larger villages are encouraged to split the village, and enter two or more areas. This gives extra chances to win awards and also makes it easier for the judges who have a smaller area to judge.
- Champion Class - Any winner of the above Classes (except the Hamlet Class).
Winners will remain and be entered in this class for a further 4 competitions. The 4 years will apply whether or not the village makes an entry during this period.
As well as looking for overall 'Best Kept Village' across the five classes, replacing the 'Certificate of Merit', from 2019 'Outstanding Feature Award' entries are welcome and are judged across a number of categories covering specific areas and buildings, such as Churches, Schools, Public Halls, Shops, Children's Play Areas, Playing Fields, etc.
Outstanding Feature Award Entries
These are open to any village entering the main competition and can be used to persuade more people to enter into the spirit of the Competition. Judging for these entries is in addition to the main competition, adding to demands on judges, villages are restricted to a maximum of 10 entries and 1 entry per sections. The winners of each category receiving a trophy and a certificate
- Place of Worship and Grounds.
- School & Children's Nurseries.
- Village Pub or Inn / Restaurant.
- Public Hall, Community Centre.
- Public Playing Field/Sports Ground.
- Children's Play Area.
- Industrial or Commercial Premises.
- Residential / Nursing Home / Sheltered Accommodation.
- Hotel / Guest House.
- Notice Board.
- War Memorial / Public Monument.
- Bowling Green & Surrounds.
- Cricket Ground & Surrounds.
- Public Garden.
Further information can be found in Village Entry Rules (2019).
Planning for the 2020 competiton is now underway with the entry form now online (return by 31st March). We look forward to a hearing from and seeing the competiton villages and assessing the 'outstanding features'.
Presentation Event (2019) took place at The Villa 14th Oct where the winners were announced (2019 Results):
Champion Villages 2019:
◆ Champion Village: Higham
◆ Large Village: Freckleton
◆ Medium Village: Mawdesley
◆ Small Village: Bretherton
◆ Hamlet: Wiswell
Thanks to everyone who took part and for the time given by our Judges and Committee. A special thanks to John Gilmore of Radio Lancashire.
In 2019 the 'Constitution of the Competition' was updated and streamlined, simplifying all paperwork used by villages and judges; the Certificate of Merit part of the competition was overhauled, replaced by a secondary competition called 'Outstanding Features' - villages entering the main competition able to nominate up to 10 Outstanding Features of their village, and certificates awarded to the best in each class.
'10 Lancashire villages that you should visit' - Lancashire Life (article)
Did you know there are regional best kept village competitions across the United Kingdom?
Our thanks to our 2020 sponsors: Lancashire Life; Lancashire Association of Local Councils; Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire Association of Local Councils, Eaves Hall, Preston & Fylde Live Magazine and James' Places. We are grateful too for the support of a number of Lancashire County Councillors.