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Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2019 Final Results

Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2019 Final Results

The final results of this year's Best Kept Village Competition have now been declared.  The main winners are Bratton, Urchfont, Ansty and Charlton.

     

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: “The general appearance of the village, the maintenance of roadside verges, hedges and the appearance of gardens was immaculate, and we were impressed from the start of our visit.”

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

LAURENCE KITCHING "WINNER OF WINNERS" AWARD       

SPONSORED BY PRINCETON HOMES              

Competed for by the winners of the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small villages in 2017 and 2018:

1st     Charlton (near Malmesbury)

2nd   Mildenhall

3rd = Biddestone and Hullavington 

The judges’ overall impression of Charlton was of “a delightful village and we were so impressed with it that it was hard to find much to criticise”.  They added: “Altogether an excellent well managed community that has clearly taken trouble and pride in making the village a beautiful and vibrant place”. Some of the areas particularly mentioned included: the village hall, the cricket and football field, the children’s playground, the pub, notice boards, and the lack of litter.

BEST KEPT LARGE VILLAGE

1st Bratton                    97 pts

2nd Whiteparish          87 pts

3rd Ashton Keynes       83 pts

4th Aldbourne              80 pts

Bratton yet again made a big effort to win the Large Village category this year. In recent years they have been first or second in the West Wiltshire Large Village category. Amongst their comments, the judges “were hugely impressed by the overall appearance of all three [Church] areas.” They also commented very favourably on the school surrounds, Reeves Orchard, conservation areas, the area around the shop, the war memorial, the village green, footpaths and the village website.

BEST KEPT MEDIUM VILLAGE

1st Urchfont                       90 pts

2nd Hindon                        89 pts

3rd = Great Somerford     87 pts

3rd = Whitley                     87 pts

Urchfont began to enter the competition two years ago and have quickly raised their standards to win the Medium Village category.  The judges’ first impression was “of a village well cared for by the community.”  Other comments mentioned the beautifully kept gardens, the lack of litter, common land, the areas around The Lamb Inn and the shop, the village hall, the church, the cricket ground, the allotments and the website.

BEST KEPT SMALL VILLAGE

1st  Ansty                                       88 pts

2nd  Upper and Lower Seagry   87 pts

3rd Rushall                                    83 pts

4th Bishopstrow                           80 pts

Ansty have been regular entrants in recent years and have usually done very well. This year they got everything right and won the Small Village County Round.  The Judges felt that “The general appearance of the village, the maintenance of roadside verges, hedges and the appearance of gardens was immaculate, and we were impressed from the start of our visit”.  Other areas that were particularly notable included the Commandery and pond, the churchyard, the website, community spirit, the two business areas, and the farm shop”.

BEST KEPT NEWCOMER VILLAGE

SPONSORED BY HAINE AND SMITH OPTICIANS

1st Froxfield 2nd  Tilshead 3rd  Dilton Marsh

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

 

MERIT PRIZE FOR CONSISTENT EFFORT

1st Bratton

Awarded to the village that has been most consistently successful in the past four years but has not won the Laurence Kitching Award this year.

 

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

 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 15th September.

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