Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
There are Best Kept Village Competitions across the country. Villages enter for a variety of reasons: bringing people together with a common aim - to improve their village; promoting pride in the village; deterring vandalism, graffiti and anti-social behaviour; helping different organisations to work together for the common good; encouraging young people to take part in different activities to improve the village, e.g. planting, weeding, litter picking; making their village a better place to live…
With the 2020 Competition had to be cancelled due to Government Covid-19 pandemic measures, we are able to return this year for the 2021 Competiton with 46 entrants taking part.
The 2022 competition is awaiting entries and participating villages will be announced following the 30th April deadline. For reference here are the participating villages from last year.
Competition Villages 2022
There are 47 entrants this year which includes 7 newcomers* to the competition. Best of luck to all!
Adlington Lower (Large)
Blacko (Champion - Small)
Bretherton (Champion - Small)
Brindle (Champion - Small)
Elswick (Champion - Medium)
Freckleton (Champion - Large)
Great Plumpton* (Hamlet)
Grindleton (Champion - Small)
Hesketh Bank (Large)
Higham (Champion - Small)
Holt Green (Small)
Little Eccleston (Small)
Mawdesley (Champion - Medium)
New Longton (Champion - Large)
Newchurch & Spenbrook (Hamlet)
Pressall & Knott End (Champion - Lge)
Sabden (Champion - Medium)
Sabden Fold (Hamlet)
Shirdley Hill (Hamlet)
Town Green (Medium)
Up Holland* (Large)
Walmer Bridge (Large)
West Bradford (Champion - Small)
The first round of judging starts on 1st June and will be completed by 17th July. Villages who have got through to the Second Round will be notified around 18th June by the Secretary.
Second round judging takes place between Friday 5th August and Sunday 14th August. Villages who have got through to the Final Round will be notified by 17th August.
Final Judging takes place on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August.
The Presentation event where winning villages and 'Outstanding Features' awards are announced is at Eaves Hall, West Bradford, Monday 17th October 2022
Full results will be published on 18th October.
For reference 2021 Results.
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)
- Outstanding Features/Whole Village Mark Sheets 2022 (PDF) | (Word)
- Judges Report Form 2022 (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.