Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
Update: 8/3/21: We are pleased to tell you that following the Prime Minister's bulletin and the progress made with vaccinations and falling infection rates we have decided to go ahead with the competition in 2021.
We will of course follow the guidelines as they are set out at the time of judging and all judging is outdoors.
We already hold some transferred entries from 2020; additional entries were requested by 17th April.
(17/7/21) The 2021 competition is well under way with the first round of judging in progress.
(18/8/21) 2021 Finalists announced. Congratulation to Grindleton; Halsall; Pilling; Barton; Blacko; Little Eccleston; Whitechapel; Barley and Wiswell.
Welcome to Lancashire…
The Red Rose County situated in the North West of England, extending over 1,189 square miles from Carnforth to Ormskirk and Blackpool to Colne, with a population of 1.5 million, who inhabit its cities, towns and villages. Historic, proud and evolving; part of the the country's great heritage through industry and innovation, art and its people - proud Lancastrians.
The Best Kept Village Competition, focuses on the hundreds of rural, semi-rural and industrial villages that give Lancashire its sense of history and time; villagers encouraged to take pride in the location and surroundings, to care for and take care of these many residential jewels, and to put their villages forward across many categories in this popular and inclusive annual competition.
The aims of the competition then, as now, are to encourage, through community effort and involvement, a high standard of care and maintenance in Lancashire villages and hamlets.
The competition marked its Diamond Jubilee in 2018, celebrating 60 years of 'inspiring communities to work together to make their villages a better place to live'.
The competition is open to all villages, hamlets and settlements in Lancashire. We encourage all Lancashire villages to enter and to be part of something quite special and communitarian.
Whilst we had hoped to be able to go ahead with the 2020 competition, with entrants registered for both 'Lancashire Best Kept Village' and 'Outstanding Features' categories, Government announcements and impact of Covid-19 measures meant that we took the decision not to proceed. Happily, we were able to announce that the competition could go ahead this year with entries requested by 17th April. 46 villages have entered, and the first round of judging has taken place; villages progressing to be announced on 4th August, with winners eventually being announded 11th October at the Presentation event at Eaves Hall, West Radford.
Making the final this year, as judged by Ralph Assheton (Sheriff of Lancashire 2020), are the villages of Grindleton; Halsall; Pilling; Barton; Blacko; Little Eccleston; Whitechapel; Barley and Wiswell.
The 2019 competition had 56 villages entering across the categories. The AGM with judges' training session took place (18/5/19); with the competition underway, first round judging was between 9th June to 21st July, followed by second round judging 9th to 22nd August, and then final Judging of the 10 finanlists, carried out by John Gilmore of Radio Lancashire, 29th and 30th August. Winners announced at a special Presentation Event at The Villa in Wrea Green on Monday, 14th October. Our congratulations to all our winners - our 2019 overall winner was Higham (Full details).
Our thanks to those who enter. Big thanks too to our Judges, LBKVC team and our sponsors.
Following situation review, decision to proceed with 2021 Competiton taken by Committee. We have 46 villages taking part. First round of judging completed Saturday 17th July.
Round 2 judging (6th-8th August) is complete: Villages making Final this year, as judged by Ralph Assheton (Sheriff of Lancashire 2020):
Grindleton; Halsall; Pilling; Barton; Blacko; Little Eccleston; Whitechapel; Barley and Wiswell.
Final Judging takes place 25th-27th August, with the Presentation event at Eaves Hall West Bradford on Monday 11th October 2021. Results published the following day
Results of our last competiton as follows, (2019 Results):
Champion Villages 2019:
◆ Champion Village: Higham
◆ Large Village: Freckleton
◆ Medium Village: Mawdesley
◆ Small Village: Bretherton
◆ Hamlet: Wiswell
Thanks to all who take part and support this event, especially our Judges, Committee and sponsors.
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 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.