Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition

Winners 2017

Lancashire VillageIt is always a pleasure to see the hard work and endeavour that Lancashire villages and their residents put into the competition. The process and independence of our judging ensures fairness and it is great to see individual effort rewarded in the Certificate of Merit categories.

Competition Winners (2017) [class entrants]

  • Champion Village - Blacko (Runner-up - Chipping). [13]
  • Large Village - New Longton (Runner-up - Higher Adlington). [16]
  • Medium Village - Sabden (Runner-up - Mawdesley). [16]
  • Small Village - Grindleton (Runner-up - Clifton). [15]
  • Hamlet - Barley (Runner-up - Roughlee). [15]
  • Most Improved Large Village - Lower Adlington.
  • Most Improved Medium Village - Not awarded this year.
  • Most Improved Small Village/Hamlet - York.
  • Best First-Time Entry - Grindleton.

Lancashire Village Certificate of Merit Winners (2017)

  1. Place of Worship and Grounds.
    Winner: Wrea Green - St. Nicholas
    Runner-up: Inskip with Sowerby - Inskip Baptist Church
    HC: Bilsborrow - St. Hilda's Church
    HC: Clifton - St. John's The Evangelist
    HC: Croston - St. Michael's and All Angels
  2. School and grounds (including Children's Nurseries).
    Winner: Halsall - St. Cuthbert's
    Runner-up: Chipping - St. Mary's
    HC: Goosnargh - Oliverson's School
  3. Village Pub or Inn / Restaurant.
    Winner: Barley - Pendle Inn
    HC: Halsall - Saracen's Head
  4. Public Hall, Community Centre, Institute, Library, Health Centre, Youth Centre.
    Winner: Grindleton - Grindleton Pavilion
    HC: Weeton with Preese - New Village Hall
  5. Public Playing Field/Sports Ground.
    Winner: Chipping - Playing Field
    HC: Blacko - Recreation Ground
  6. Children's Play Area.
    Winner: Freckleton - Play Area Memorial Park
    HC: Elswick - Play Area
  7. Industrial or commercial premises.
    Winner: Sabden - Specialised Auto Services
  8. Shops
    Winner: Blacko - Barber's Shop
  9. Residential / Nursing Home / Sheltered Accommodation.
    Winner: Mawdesley - Stocks Hall
  10. Hotel / Guest House.
    Winner: Chipping Gibbon Bridge
  11. Notice Board.
    Winner: Freckleton
    HC: Blacko
  12. War Memorial.
    Winner: Sabden
    HC: Barley
  13. Bowling Green.
    Winner: Sabden - Sabden Crown Green Bowling Club
    HC: Hurst - Green Bowling Club
  14. Cricket Ground and Surrounds.
    Winner: Mawdesley
  15. Public Garden.
    Winner: Preesall & Knott End - Jubilee Garden
    HC: Whitworth - Memorial Gardens

Results for the 2019 competition >>> here.


News: Latest

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.


Other Information

'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.