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.


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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.


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 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.