Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
Covid-19 / 2020 Competition
Update: 12/5/20: Following the Prime Minister's broadcast on Sunday 10th May and the Government's ongoing Covid-19 measures announcement, it is with great regret that the Committee of the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition has decided to postpone the Competition until 2021.
We have taken into account many factors including:
- the safety of villagers and judges – many of whom are over 70 years of age.
- the Prime Minister's plea for no non-essential travel.
- the closure of many cafes, pubs, and small business.
- the reduction of council maintenance.
If you need any further information please contact the Secretary Ann Alty.
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, and entrants for both 'Lancashire Best Kept Village' and 'Outstanding Features' categories had been sought by 31st March, the Government announcements and impact of Covid-19 measures mean that have been unable to go ahead with this year's competition. We will bring it back in 2021, and will keep you updated as best we can.
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.
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.
'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.