Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
With winter out of the way and spring and summer ahead of us, the organising committee had met and the 2020 Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition was launched with entrants sought for the categories of 'Best Kept Village' and 'Outstanding Features'. Unfortunately, events have overtaken us, and the arrival of and Government measures to deal with the Covid-19 virus pandemic have necessitated the decision taken by the Commmittee (11/5/20) to postpone this year's Competition (this would have been our 62nd year). We are all disappointed but the safety of volunteer judges and those taking part is our priority. We will bring back the competition in 2021.
Our Judges take great pleasure in seeing the hard work, endeavour and community spirit that Lancashire villages and their residents put into being involved in the competition. The process and independence of our judging ensures fairness, and it is great to see individual effort rewarded.
The competition celebrated its 60-year Diamond Jubilee in 2018 with some 67 Lancashire villages entering; there were 30 winners, runner-ups or those receiving highly commended in one or more award categories. The 2019 Competiton, following a review of the 'Constitution of the Competition' (updating, streamlining and simplifying all paperwork used by villages and judges), saw the introduction of 'Outstanding Features', a secondary competition replacing the 'Certificate of Merit' part of the Competition, in which villages entering the main competition are able to nominate up to 10 Outstanding Features of their village - one per class for judging.
The main winners in 2018 were: Champion Village - Elswick; Large Village - Preesall and Knott End; Medium Village - Wrea Green;Small Village - West Bradford; Hamlet - Roughlee..
Last year's winners were: Champion Village - Higham; Large Village - Freckleton; Medium Village - Mawdesley; Small Village - Bretherton; Hamlets - Wiswell. There were 15 Outstanding Features Awards for features nominated by the villages themselves.
Competition entrants can be found here (Currently 2019 entrants, this will be updated after 31st March). We will post details of the eventual winners on this page in due course. We wish all our 2020 entrants the best of luck in this year's competition.
Previous Years' 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.
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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.