Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
Entry & Cost
Competition details and entry forms are sent out in January each year to known contacts (usually Parish Council clerks).
Large and Medium Villages are charged £30 each to enter the competition, and Small Villages and Hamlets are charged £20 (Champion villages as per size).
In order to encourage participation we keep entry costs low - the benefits of the competition in terms of communal activity, local pride, team work and community life bring its own rewards. Entry fees do not cover running costs, or the provision of provide prizes - trophies and certificates. We rely on the generous sponsorship we are offered to continue with the competition.
Completed Entry Forms should be with the Secretary by 31st March, complete with a simple map (not a Google print) indicating the boundary of the village and the Outstanding Feature locations.
A number of individual county councillors provide support, for which we are most grateful.
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.