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…
Unfortunately the 2020 Competition has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic measures. We will return in 2021 - entrants will be sought by 31st March.
Competition Villages 2019
Adlington Lower (Large)
Blacko (Champion Small)
Brindle (Champion Small)
Elswick (Champion Medium)
Grindleton (Champion Small)
Hesketh Bank (Large)
Higham (Champion Small)
Holt Green (Small)
Hutton (Champion Large)
Little Eccleston (Small)
New Longton (Champion Large)
Newchurch& Spenbrook (Hamlet)
Over Kellett (Small)
Pressall & Knott End (Champion Large)
Sabden (Champion Medium)
Sabden Fold (Hamlet)
Shirdley Hill (Hamlet)
St Michael on Wyre (Small)
Town Green (Medium)
Welch Whittle (Hamlet)
West Bradford (Champion Small)
Wrea Green (Champion Medium)
Congratulations to our 2019 Finalists!
Barley | Blacko | Bretherton | Chipping | Halsall | Higham | Freckleton | Little Eccleston | Mawdesley | Wiswell.
These 10 villages through to 'Final Judging' by John Gilmore of Radio Lancashire.
Winners announced at the Presentation Event at the Villa Wrea Green on 14th October. 2019 Results.
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.
'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.