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Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2019 Presentation Day

L to R Mike Manson, Project Officer CPRE Wiltshire; Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader, Wiltshire Council; Cllr James Sheppard, Chairman of Wiltshire Council; David Scott, High Sheriff of Wiltshire; Peter Andrew, Director The Hills Group; Sarah Troughton, Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire; Anne Henshaw, Chairman Wiltshire CPRE; Shane Perry, idverde; Charmian Spickernell, Vice Chair, CPRE; Peter Brabner, Leader of the Tidy Bratton Group; Nicola Morris, Vice Chair, Bratton Parish Council; Ray Davis, Bratton Town Crier; Steve Wallen, Ringway; Jeff Ligo, Chair, Bratton Parish Council. L to R Mike Manson, Project Officer CPRE Wiltshire; Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader, Wiltshire Council; Cllr James Sheppard, Chairman of Wiltshire Council; David Scott, High Sheriff of Wiltshire; Peter Andrew, Director The Hills Group; Sarah Troughton, Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire; Anne Henshaw, Chairman Wiltshire CPRE; Shane Perry, idverde; Charmian Spickernell, Vice Chair, CPRE; Peter Brabner, Leader of the Tidy Bratton Group; Nicola Morris, Vice Chair, Bratton Parish Council; Ray Davis, Bratton Town Crier; Steve Wallen, Ringway; Jeff Ligo, Chair, Bratton Parish Council. Rosalind Ambler

The main presentation day for this year's Best Kept Village Competition was held on Sunday 15th September, led by the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

A common factor in achieving success was that clearly many people had been involved in both large and small ways, with a collective, community effort that had obviously generated great and justifiable pride in each village’s appearance.

More photographs will be added soon.

Best Kept Large Village - Bratton

Bratton was judged to be the Best Kept Large Village and was given an eight foot standard with mounted shield for a year, emplaced prominently on their village green.  The judges were grateful for the comprehensive entry information (maps, village brief and Parish News).  They were “hugely impressed” by the overall appearance of the church and churchyards.  They had similar views about Reeves Orchard, the two allotment areas, conservation areas, the “immaculate” school surrounds, the War Memorial, noticeboards and the Recreation Ground.  There was a complete lack of litter even around busy public areas such as the shop and on the many paths.  Overall, the result of “so much successful self-help” was very evident.

Best Kept Medium Village - Urchfont

Urchfont was judged to be the Best Kept Medium Village.  The judges’ first impression was of “a village well cared for by the community”.  Areas that were particularly mentioned very favourably included residential gardens, common land including the pond, the Lamb Inn and the shop, footpaths, conservation areas, the village hall, the churchyard, and allotments.  The map provided was very clear and the website is very useful.  Community spirit was also praised highly.

Best Kept Small Village - Ansty

Ansty was judged to be the Best Kept Small Village.  The general appearance of Ansty impressed the judges from the start of their visit.  They commented positively on many features including the Commandery and pond, the churchyard, the maypole area, the two businesses and the PYO farm shop.  The website and provided maps were “both very instructive and helpful, and clearly laid out - ideal examples of how guidance should be done”.  Even in a small village the community spirit was evident and impressive.

Laurence Kitching Winner of Winners Award - Charlton (near Malmesbury)

Charlton won the Laurence Kitching Award, sponsored by Princeton Homes.   The winning six villages from the 2017 and 2018 Best Kept Village Competitions were ineligible to compete in the main competition but were encouraged to enter the Laurence Kitching Award. This year Charlton, Hullavington, Biddestone and Mildenhall all entered and were judged in July.

The judges described Charlton as “a delightful village” and they “were so impressed with it that it was hard to find much to criticise”. They particularly liked the attractive village hall, the cricket field and football pitch, the children’s playground, noticeboards and the pub. The ample provision of litter and dog poo bins had resulted in “a commendable lack of litter”. As with the other winners, the village community had “clearly taken trouble and pride in making the village a beautiful and vibrant place”.

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