Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition

Winners 2019

Lancashire VillageThe Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition held its 61st Annual Awards Ceremony at the Villa in Wrea Green on Monday 14th October at which 120 guests and Mayors representing many Lancashire towns and villages were present. John Isherwood, Chairman of the organising committee, addressed those present thanking everyone from participating villages (56) to judges and organisers for their efforts, hard work and commitment this year - we can all be very proud of the goals and results with villages looking their best that this competition brings.

Explaining how the three judging stages take place over the three months from the beginning of June until the end of August; the final stage is by an invited external judge. This year we were pleased to have the services of John Gilmore from the Afternoon Programme on Radio Lancashire. Presenting the awards was Councillor Paul Hayhurst from Elswick, the village named the Champion of Champions in 2018.

The 10 villages who are through to Final Judging were:
Barley | Blacko | Bretherton | Chipping | Halsall | Higham | Freckleton | Little Eccleston | Mawdesley | Wiswell.

The 2019 Champion Village Class was Higham, which received a commemorative plaque, a trophy, a framed certificate and an oil painting of the Village Hall in Higham commissioned by Lancashire Life Magazine painted by their Artist of the Year, Ken Roberts, who lives in Lytham.

Other major Whole Village Class awards went to Freckleton (Large Village); Mawdesley (Medium Village), Bretherton (Small Village) and Wiswell (Hamlets).

There were 15 Outstanding Features Awards for features nominated by the villages themselves. Most entries (33) for Places of Worship, won by St. Nicholas Church in Wrea Green. The Public House award (32 entries) was won by the Blue Anchor at Bretherton. War Memorials featured highly showing that Lancashire still remembers and honours the men and women who never returned to their villages; joint winners for this award were the Cenotaph in Freckleton and the War Memorial in Blacko.

Competition Winners (2019)

  • Champion Village - Higham (Runner-up - Blacko; Highly Commended - West Bradford).
  • Large Village - Freckleton (Runner-up - Halsall; Highly Commended - Longton).
  • Medium Village - Mawdesley (Runner-up - Chipping).
  • Small Village - Bretherton (Runner-up - Little Eccleston; Highly Commended - Haskanye).
  • Hamlet - Wiswell (Runner-up - Barley; Highly Commended - Roughlee).

Outstanding Features (2019)

  1. Place of Worship and Grounds. [33]
    Winner: Wrea Green - St. Nicholas' Church
    Runner-up: Bilsborrow - St. Hilda's Church

    Highly Commended: Parbold - Our Lady & All Saints
  2. Schools. [28]
    Winner: Halsall - St. Cuthbert's
    Runner-up: Higham - Higham School
    Highly Commended: Sabden - St. Mary's Primary
  3. Public Houses. [32]
    Winner: Bretherton - Blue Anchor
    Runner-up: Mellor - Spread Eagle
    Highly Commended: Lower Adlington - The Retreat, Halsall - The Saracen’s Head
  4. Hotel / Guest House. [10]
    Winners: West Bradford - Eaves Hall, Chipping - Gibbon Bridge
  5. Public Building. [22]
    Winner: West Bradford - Village Hall
    Runner-up: Roughlee - Village Centre
    Highly Commended: Haskayne - Village Hall
  6. Public Playing Field. [21]
    Winner: Haskayne - Jubilee
    Runner-up: Hambleton - Bob Williamson Park
    Highly Commended: Town Green - William Arnold Silcock Field
  7. Children's Play Area. [21]
    Winners: Blacko - Recreation Ground, Freckleton - Memorial Park
    Runner-up: Mawdesley - Millenium Green
  8. Industrial / Commercial Premises. [10]
    Winner: Sabden - Specialised Automotive Services
    Runner-up: Welch Whittle - Festive Lights
  9. Shops. [23]
    Winner: Longton - Blundell's Hardware
    Runner-up: Blacko - The Hairdresser's
    Highly Commended: Parbold - The Old Post Office
  10. Sheltered Accommodation. [12]
    Winners: Grindleton - Almshoues, Mawdesley - Stocks Hall
    Runner-up: Blacko - Hillview
    Highly Commended: Goosnargh - Bushell House
  11. Notice Board. [25]
    Winner: West Bradford - Grindleton Rd
    Runners-up: Blacko - Gisburn Rd/ Hollin Fold, Higham - Hall Rd/Kiln Hill
  12. War Memorial. [29]
    Winners: Blacko - War Memorial; Freckleton - Cenotaph
    Runner-up: West Bradford - Coronation Gardens
    Highly Commended: Bilsborrow - Memorial
  13. Bowling Green. [12]
    Winner: Sabden - Sabden Crown Green Bowling Club
    Runners-up: Bretherton; Hambleton
  14. Cricket Grounds. [9]
    Winner: Mawdesley
    Runner-up: Chatburn
  15. Accessible Public Garden. [15]
    Winners: Wiswell - Coronation Garden, Waddington - Coronation Gardens
    Runner-up: Haskayne - Orchard & Wild Flower Garden

Download Lancashire Best Kept Village Full Results 2019.

Previous Years' Results

Results 2018 (PDF Download).

Results 2017.


News: Latest

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.


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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.