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Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2018 Final Results

St Mary Magdalene Church, Hullavington St Mary Magdalene Church, Hullavington Rosalind Ambler

Judging is now complete in this year's Best Kept Village Competition.  Hullavington, Biddestone and Charlton are the overall winners, and All Cannings was judged to be the "winner of winners" as the best kept entrant from the six winners in 2016 and 2017.


The Presentation Day will be on Sunday 23rd September when The Lord-Lieutentant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, will lead the presentation team around the four main winners to unveil standards and present plaques and certificates.

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

A typical quote from one pair of judges was: “We were impressed with the lack of litter and fly posting in the villages showing a strong sense of pride in the local area. It was a pleasure to visit all the villages.  All villages were all maintained to such an impressive standard it was very difficult to separate them.”

The full second (County) round results are as follows:



Competed for by the winners of the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small villages in 2016 and 2017:

1st All Cannings 

2nd= Rushall and Tollard Royal



1st Hullavington    85 pts

2nd Whiteparish   82 pts

3rd Ramsbury        81 pts

4th Winsley            76 pts

Amongst their comments, the judges felt that Hullavington “was immaculately presented, everything was clean and tidy, verges well mown and looked after. …. it was a pleasure to see so many gardens neat and colourful and evidently cared for. There was a noticeable absence of litter, and the surroundings of the Hullavington Arms, the shop and the garage (very discreet) were very tidy and attractive.”



1st Biddestone       90 pts

2nd Edington          86 pts

3rd Seend                85 pts

4th Hindon              75 pts

Commenting on Biddestone, the judges “were immediately drawn to how completely immaculate the village was, not one piece of litter, all the verges trimmed beautifully, every garden and flower basket offering a kaleidoscope of colour. The residents should take great pride in the efforts they made.”



1st Charlton            82 pts

2nd Ansty                80 pts

3rd Wilcot               78 pts

4th Bishopstrow    70 pts

The Judges felt that Charlton “exuded an air of quiet pride in every aspect. The hedges and verges were neat and well-tended as were the frontage of the pub and the church yard.….. The Blue Crescent space was well looked after and it was good to see the football goalposts which indicated it was often put to use. The Village Hall, Play Area, Cricket Pitch and Pavilion are a credit to the village and the War memorial is well cared for.”



1st Seend

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



1st Bishopstrow

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


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

  • The Laurence Kitching Award for the best kept village from the six winners in 2016 and 2017: £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 results of the first (district) round are available to download below.

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