Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
Judges come from all walks of life and from all over the county. They judge on a voluntary basis, giving freely of their time and do not receive any expenses. New judges are always required. If you would like further information, please contact the secretary.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges will take the following into consideration:
- Overall Tidiness of the Village
An absence of weeds and litter, on roads, paths, verges, verges, play areas and car parks. Well-maintained open spaces, playing fields and children's play areas.
- Private Property
Well cared for private properties, including the condition of grounds, hedges, walls, garages and other outbuildings.
- Communal Buildings and Recreation Facilities
The general tidiness and maintenance of village halls, libraries, health centres, toilets, monuments, war memorials, seats and litter bins will be assessed. The grounds associated with these features will be included and the safety of leisure features. The cleanliness of bus shelters and telephone kiosks will be assessed.
- Commercial Premises and Surrounds
The tidiness of all aspects of commercial premises and signs will be judged, i.e., shops, inns, restaurants, commercial and industrial premises and private clubs.
- Places of Worship, Graveyards and Cemeteries
The buildings, entrance gates, paths and notice boards will be assessed, plus the upkeep and maintenance of graveyards, cemeteries and grounds.
As a general consideration the judges will not be judging natural beauty but will be assessing the degree of effort that has been applied to maintaining the village in a satisfactory state. The judges will take into account any evidence that a special feature has been developed in the village.
The absence of any of the features listed will not penalise the village. A calculation will be made, taking account of any features that are absent, and the final marks will be adjusted accordingly.
All private property and schools will be judged from the road or footpath. The judges may take a closer look at public buildings and their surrounds but will not enter any property.
Preparations are now in hand for the 2022 Competition. There has been a further review of our Constitution, entry and judging criteria, and Judges training scheduled. Organisers now welcome entries from Lancashire villages - by 30/4/22.
Following the cancellation in 2020, the Competition resumed in 2021 with 46 villages taking part - understandably down on the usual number of entrants.
Champion Villages in 2021:
Final judged by Ralph Assheton (Sheriff of Lancashire 2020).
◆ Champion Village: Blacko
◆ Large Village: Halsall
◆ Medium Village: Barton
◆ Small Village: Whitechapel
◆ Hamlet: Barley
2021 Full Results
As ever we much appreciate all who take part and support this event, especially our Judges, Committee and sponsors. Good luck to all who take part!
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.
- Competition Entry Form 2022 (Word)
- Competition Entry Rules 2022 (PDF)
- LBKVC Constitution (PDF)
- LBKVC Judges Notes & Guide (PDF) NEW
- Outstanding Features Marking Criteria (PDF)
- Judges Report Form 2022 (Word)
- Outstanding Features/Whole Village Mark Sheets 2022 (PDF) | (Word)
- Results (2021) | Press Briefing (Awards Ceremony 2021)
- Results (2019) | Press Briefing (Awards Ceremony 2019)
- Results (2018) | Press Briefing (2018)
'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 2021 sponsors: Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC); Eaves Hall Hotel at West Radford; Lancashire Life, Lancashire Live and new sponsor Barton Grange Group. We are grateful too for the support of a number of Lancashire County Councillors.