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Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2018 Final Results and Presentation Day

Villagers and the BKVC presentation team under the BKVC Standard at Biddestone Villagers and the BKVC presentation team under the BKVC Standard at Biddestone Rosalind Ambler

The Presentation Day for this year's Best Kept Village Competition took place on Sunday 23rd September.  Presentations were made at All Cannings, Hullavington, Biddestone and Charlton.

     

The Lord-Lieutentant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, led the presentation team around the four overall winning villages to unveil standards and present plaques and certificates.  

The first presentation, of the Laurence Kitching Award, was at All Cannings.  They had been judged to be the best kept of the villages that had won awards in the past two years and had entered this year.  The plaque was presented to Amy Gray, Chair of the Parish Council, by Andy Turner, Managing Director of Princeton Homes who sponsor this part of the Competition.  The Lord-Lieutenant presented the accompanying certificate.

The team then moved to Biddestone, winner of the Best Kept Medium Village section.  With light rain falling, the presentation team were hosted in the White Horse Inn beside the village green, where coffee was served before plaques and certificates were presented.  Councillor Allison Bucknell, Chairman of Wiltshire Council, presented the Council's plaque to Mrs Di Webb who schedules work for the Parish Steward and organises Neighbourhood Watch.  Mrs Nicky Alberry, High Sheriff of Wiltshire, presented the CPRE Wiltshire certificate to Andy Short who maintains the sports pitches.  Mike Hill, Chief Executive of The Hills Group who are the main sponsors of the Competition, presented the Hills plaque to Mark Hawkins-Wyatt, the Parish Steward.  Finally Anne Henshaw, Chairman of CPRE Wiltshire, presented the CPRE North Wiltshire plaque to Mrs Rosie Harris who maintains the war memorial garden.  Simon Bruce, the Chairman of Biddestone Parish Council, gave a vote of thanks to all those who had contributed to Biddestone's success and also to the presentation team and the sponsors.  As the rain stopped, a large group of villagers then moved with the presentation team to the BKVC Standard which had been emplaced on the village green, where photos were taken.

The team then moved to Hullavington, the Best Kept Large Village.  By now the sun was shining and so presentations could take place on the village green where the Lord-Lieutenant unveiled the BKVC Standard.  Councillor Allison Bucknell presented the Council's plaque to Eric Gough who has lived in the village for 80 years and has served 47 years on the Parish Council.  The High Sheriff presented the CPRE Wiltshire certificate to Mrs Irene Greenman who at 94 years is the oldest resident in the village, having been born and raised there.  Mike Hill presented the Hills plaque to Hank Slater, who has lived in Hullavington for 36 years and is the village's "odd-job" man.  Anne Henshaw presented the CPRE North Wiltshire plaque to Eric Reed who tends grass in the public areas.  Mrs Maggie Bawden, the Chair of Hullavington Parish Council and a resident in the village for 52 years, gave a vote of thanks to villagers, the presentation team and the sponsors.  

From Hullavington the team finally moved to Charlton, the Best Kept Small Village.  In a marquee outside the Horse and Groom pub the Lord-Lieutenant unveiled the BKVC Standard.  Councillor Allison Bucknell presented the Council's plaque to Councillor Marion Adkins, Chair of the Parish Council.  The High Sheriff presented the CPRE Wiltshire certificate to Mrs Jane Tsabet who led the village's BKVC preparations this year.  Mike Hill presented the Hills plaque to Peter Holland who has been very active in preparaing the village for the BKVC for many years and who edits Charlton Parish Chat, the parish magazine.  Anne Henshaw presented the CPRE North Wiltshire plaque to Paul Chivers, Captain of Charlton cricket team who maintain the village recreation ground.  Mrs Marion Adkins then gave a vote of thanks to villagers, the presentation team and the sponsors.

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:

 

LAURENCE KITCHING "WINNER OF WINNERS" AWARD                      

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

 

BEST KEPT LARGE VILLAGE

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.”

 

BEST KEPT MEDIUM VILLAGE

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.”

 

BEST KEPT SMALL VILLAGE

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.”

 

BEST KEPT NEWCOMER VILLAGE

1st Seend

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

 

MERIT PRIZE FOR CONSISTENT EFFORT

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

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