The work of the committee goes on all year round as we prepare for the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition. Competing villages too will thinking about preparations and the spirit of having a 'Best Kept Village' is one that lasts throughout the year.
Forms are sent out to known contacts, usually Town Council clerks in January. Entry Forms are also available online to download. Entries governing classes and categories entered to be submitted by the closing date. Entrants will receive confirmation and publicity material (May).
The training of judges begins in late April and assessment of villages by two judges at a time of our choosing takes place from June.
Two teams of preliminary judges visit each village during June and July and award marks in the various categories. The villages with the highest marks in each category will receive a further visit from committee members during August. The two villages in each category with the highest marks will go forward to the final judging at the end of August.
Winners are announced at the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition Awards Ceremony in October.
This end of season event lasts a couple of hours and trophies for winning villages and certificates for 'Outstanding Feature Awards' are given out for outstanding contributions in the various categories.
The 2022 Competition is now under way. Ahead of which there was further review of our Constitution, entry and judging criteria, and Judges training scheduled.
Following its cancellation in 2020, the Competition resumed in 2021.
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)
'10 Most Picturesque Villages in Lancashire' Hotels.com (Go Guide). Visit period drama sets, unique hamlets and areas of outstanding beauty…
Did you know there are regional best kept village competitions across the United Kingdom?
Our thanks to our 2021 sponsors: Barton Grange Group, Eaves Hall Hotel at West Radford, Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC), Lancashire Life and Lancashire Live.