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.
Over the competition's 60-year history we hope that organisers and participants have contributed to the quality of village life in Lancashire. Our Diamond Jubilee Awards Ceremony at the Villa in Wrea Green on Monday, 15th October. The ceremony attended by over 150 guests including 10 mayors from all over Lancashire; our Chairman, John Isherwood, gave an overview of the competition, its origins going back to 1958, and why this competition matters and inspires local communities.
This year 67 Lancashire villages entered the competition - standards were very high; there were 30 were winners, runner-ups or those receiving highly commended in one or more award categories.
Competition Winners (2018) [class entrants]
- Champion Village - Elswick (Runner-up - Chipping; Highly Commended - Blacko; Higham). 
- Large Village - Preesall and Knott End (Runner-up - Grimsargh; Highly Commended - Longton). 
- Medium Village - Wrea Green (Runner-up - Chatburn; Highly Commended - Mawdesley). 
- Small Village - West Bradford (Runner-up - Little Eccleston; Highly Commended - Bretherton, Weeton with Preese). 
- Hamlet - Roughlee (Runner-up - Wiswell; Highly Commended - Newchurch in Pendle; Barley). 
- Most Improved Large Village - Grimsargh.
- Most Improved Medium Village - Newton with Scales.
- Most Improved Small Village/Hamlet - Haskayne.
- Best First-Time Entry - Little Eccleston.
Certificate of Merit Winners (2018)
- Place of Worship and Grounds. 
Winner: Wrea Green - St. Nicholas' Church
Runner-up: Bilsborrow - St. Hilda's Church, Whitechapel - St. James' Church
- School and Grounds (including Children's Nurseries). 
Winner: Grimsargh - St. Michael's Primary
Runner-up: Sabden - Primary
- Village Pub or Inn / Restaurant. 
Winner: Lower Adlington - The Retreat
Highly Commended: Bretherton - Blue Anchor; Haighton - Haighton Manor; Halsall - Saracen's Head
- Public Hall, Community Centre, Institute, Library, Health Centre, Youth Centre. 
Winner: Weeton with Preese - Village Hall
Highly Commended: Elswick, Grimsargh, and West Bradford Village Halls
- Public Playing Field/Sports Ground. 
Winner: Wrea Green - The Mains Green
Highly Commended: Hambleton - Bob Williamson Park
- Children's Play Area. 
Winner: Elswick - Village Hall Gardens
Highly Commended: Lower Adlington - Jubilee Recreation Ground
- Industrial or Commercial Premises. 
Winner: Welch Whittle Festive Lights
Highly Commended: Walmer Bridge - William Loughran
- Shops. 
Winner: Blacko - Barber's Shop
Highly Commended : Chipping - Farm shop
- Residential / Nursing Home / Sheltered Accommodation. 
Winner: Mawdesley - Stocks Hall
Highly Commended: Preesall and Knott End - Juniper Close; Goosnargh - Bushell House
- Hotel / Guest House. 
Winner: West Bradford- Eaves Hall
Highly Commended: Bilsborrow - Duncombe House
- Notice Board. 
Winner: Lower Adlington - Adjacent to school
- War Memorial. 
Runner-up: Blacko & Wiswell
- Bowling Green. 
Winner: Sabden - Sabden Crown Green Bowling Club
Highly Commended: Preesall and Knott End - KE WMC
- Cricket Ground and Surrounds. 
Highly Commended: Mawdesley
- Public Garden. 
Winner: Lower Adlington - Leonard Fairclough Memorial Garden
Highly Commended: Chipping - Wild Flower Garden
Download Lancashire Best Kept Village Full Results 2018.
Planning for the 2020 competiton is now underway with the entry form now online (return by 31st March). We look forward to a hearing from and seeing the competiton villages and assessing the 'outstanding features'.
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.