Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
It 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). 
- Large Village - New Longton (Runner-up - Higher Adlington). 
- Medium Village - Sabden (Runner-up - Mawdesley). 
- Small Village - Grindleton (Runner-up - Clifton). 
- Hamlet - Barley (Runner-up - Roughlee). 
- 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.
Certificate of Merit Winners (2017)
- 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
- School and grounds (including Children's Nurseries).
Winner: Halsall - St. Cuthbert's
Runner-up: Chipping - St. Mary's
HC: Goosnargh - Oliverson's School
- Village Pub or Inn / Restaurant.
Winner: Barley - Pendle Inn
HC: Halsall - Saracen's Head
- Public Hall, Community Centre, Institute, Library, Health Centre, Youth Centre.
Winner: Grindleton - Grindleton Pavilion
HC: Weeton with Preese - New Village Hall
- Public Playing Field/Sports Ground.
Winner: Chipping - Playing Field
HC: Blacko - Recreation Ground
- Children's Play Area.
Winner: Freckleton - Play Area Memorial Park
HC: Elswick - Play Area
- Industrial or commercial premises.
Winner: Sabden - Specialised Auto Services
Winner: Blacko - Barber's Shop
- Residential / Nursing Home / Sheltered Accommodation.
Winner: Mawdesley - Stocks Hall
- Hotel / Guest House.
Winner: Chipping Gibbon Bridge
- Notice Board.
- War Memorial.
- Bowling Green.
Winner: Sabden - Sabden Crown Green Bowling Club
HC: Hurst - Green Bowling Club
- Cricket Ground and Surrounds.
- Public Garden.
Winner: Preesall & Knott End - Jubilee Garden
HC: Whitworth - Memorial Gardens
Results for the 2019 competition >>> here.
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.