We are pleased to announce this year's Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition, and a return to normal for participating villages. We hope to see the numbers of participating villages return to pre-Lockdown levels. Entries are currently being sought by the 30th April deadline. It costs just £25 to enter a village.
Over the spring and summer we looked forward to hearing from and assessing the village entries for 'Best Kept Village' and 'Outstanding Features' from across the county, and to progress this year's competition. We will keep you informed and post updates and the eventual winners here.
Our Judges take great pleasure in seeing the hard work, endeavour and community spirit that Lancashire villages and their residents put into being involved in the competition. The process and independence of our judging ensures fairness, and it is great to see individual effort rewarded.
The competition celebrated its 60-year Diamond Jubilee in 2018 with some 67 Lancashire villages entering; there were 30 winners, runner-ups or those receiving highly commended in one or more award categories. The 2019 competition, following a review of the 'Constitution of the Competition' (updating, streamlining and simplifying all paperwork used by villages and judges), saw the introduction of 'Outstanding Features', a secondary competition replacing the 'Certificate of Merit' part of the Competition, in which villages entering the main competition are able to nominate up to 10 Outstanding Features of their village - one per class for judging.
After the enforced hiatus of the Covid-19 Lockdown resulting in the 2020 competition being cancelled, we were pleased to be able to announce that following a Committee meeting and review of the situation we could go ahead with the 2021 Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition. Competition entrants for 2021 can be found here.
Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition 2021 villages through to the Final were:
Barley | Blacko | Bretherton | Chipping | Halsall | Higham | Freckleton | Little Eccleston | Mawdesley | Wiswell.
Final judging by Ralph Assheton (High Sheriff of Lancashire 2020) took place between 25th and 27th August 2021. Winners announced at Presentation Event at Eaves Hall, West Bradford on 11th October.
Results: Champion Villages 2021
Overall Champion Village: Blacko | Runner-up: Grindleton
Large Villages: Halsall | Runner-up: Pilling
Medium Villages: Barton | Runner-up: Heapey
Small Villages: Whitechapel | Runner-up: Little Eccleston
Hamlets: Barley | Runner-up: Wiswell
Previous Years' Results
The 2020 Competition was cancelled due to Covid and Lockdowns.
Our pre-Covid competition winners in 2019 were: Champion Village - Higham; Large Village - Freckleton; Medium Village - Mawdesley; Small Village - Bretherton; Hamlets - Wiswell. There were 15 Outstanding Features Awards for features nominated by the villages themselves. Full details of 2019 Competition HERE | (PDF Download).
The main winners in 2018 were: Champion Village - Elswick; Large Village - Preesall and Knott End; Medium Village - Wrea Green; Small Village - West Bradford; Hamlet - Roughlee.. 2018 | 2018 Results (PDF Download)
Results 2017 Results.
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)
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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.