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Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2017 Final Results

The Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, unveils the Best Kept Small Village standard at Tollard Royal, accompanied by Peter Andrew, Director of The Hills Group, Cllr Allison Bucknell, Chairman of Wiltshire Council, and Lady Penny Marland, High Sheriff of Wiltshire. The Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, unveils the Best Kept Small Village standard at Tollard Royal, accompanied by Peter Andrew, Director of The Hills Group, Cllr Allison Bucknell, Chairman of Wiltshire Council, and Lady Penny Marland, High Sheriff of Wiltshire. Rosalind Ambler

Rushall, Great Bedwyn, Mildenhall and Tollard Royal have been presented with their standards, plaques and certificates as winners in this year's Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition.

     

The Presentation Day was  on Sunday 1st October.  The Lord-Lieutentant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, led the presentation team which included Lady Penny Marland, High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Cllr Allison Bucknell, Chairman of Wiltshire Council, and George McDonic and Anne Henshaw, respectively Vice-President and Chairman of CPRE Wiltshire.  Also at Tollard Royal was Mr Peter Andrews, a Director of The Hills Group, while at Great Bedwyn and Mildenhall Mr Mike Hill, Chief Executive of The Hills Group, presented their plaques.

This annual competition is designed to foster pride in our beautiful Wiltshire countryside and its unique patchwork quilt of villages.  Judges were really impressed by the way the villages were cared for, with community spirit obviously also very much in evidence.

The second (County) round results are as follows:

 

LAURENCE KITCHING "WINNER OF WINNERS" AWARD                      

Competed for by the winners of the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small villages in 2015 and 2016:

1st Rushall

2nd= Aldbourne and All Cannings

4th Great Somerford

 

BEST KEPT LARGE VILLAGE

1st Great Bedwyn

2nd Bratton

3rd Alderbury

4th Box

 

BEST KEPT MEDIUM VILLAGE

1st Mildenhall

2nd Shaw

3rd= Biddestone

3rd= Hindon

 

BEST KEPT SMALL VILLAGE

1st Tollard Royal

2nd Upper and Lower Seagry

3rd Bishopstrow

 

BEST KEPT NEWCOMER VILLAGE

1st Urchfont

Awarded to the best kept village irrespective of size, that has not entered in the past 5 years.

 

MERIT PRIZE FOR CONSISTENT EFFORT

1st Box

Awarded to the village that has been most consistently successful in the past four years but has not won a main competition prize or Laurence Kitching Award this year

 

The Presentation Day, when CPRE standards and prizes will be presented to the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small Villages in Wiltshire will take place on Sunday 1st October.

Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors (The Hills Group, with additional sponsorship by Princeton Homes) the many available awards include:

  • The Laurence Kitching Award for the best kept village from the six winners in 2015 and 2016: £200 cash prize.  This is sponsored by Princeton Homes. 
  • Best kept large, medium and small villages: £200 cash prize (plus CPRE standard, Hills plaque, Wiltshire Council plaque and CPRE certificate)
  • Runner up large, medium and small villages: £100 cash prize (plus CPRE certificate)
  • Third place large, medium and small villages: £60 cash prize (plus CPRE certificate)
  • Fourth place large, medium and small villages£30 cash prize (plus CPRE certificate)
  • Best newcomer village: £150 cash prize (plus CPRE certificate) awarded to the best kept village that has not entered in the past 5 years
  • Merit certificate: £150 cash prize (plus CPRE certificate) awarded to a village showing consistent outstanding effort in their preparation
  • The Frank McKim award for the Best Kept medium village in the Kennet district round: £25 cash prize (plus CPRE certificate) 

The first 30 entries received at the CPRE Office in Devizes were given 10 complimentary bags of Hills organic ‘Warrior Compost’.  

The results of the first (district) round are available to download below.

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