Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
The work of the committee goes on all year round as we prepare for the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition. Competing villages too will thinking about preparations and the spirit of having a 'Best Kept Village' is one that lasts throughout the year.
Forms are sent out to known contacts, usually Town Council clerks in January. Entry Forms are also available online to download. Entries governing classes and categories entered to be submitted by the closing date. Entrants will receive confirmation and publicity material (May).
The training of judges begins in late April and assessment of villages by two judges at a time of our choosing takes place from June.
Two teams of preliminary judges visit each village during June and July and award marks in the various categories. The villages with the highest marks in each category will receive a further visit from committee members during August. The two villages in each category with the highest marks will go forward to the final judging at the end of August.
Winners are announced at the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition Awards Ceremony in October.
This end of season event lasts a couple of hours and trophies for winning villages and certificates for 'Outstanding Feature Awards' are given out for outstanding contributions in the various categories.
In spite of planning for the 2020 competition, due to Govt. measures to deal with Covid-19 virus pandemic there will be no Competiton this year. We expect to return in 2021 and will look forward to visiting competiton villages and assessing 'outstanding features' in 2021.
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.
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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.