BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The best kept villages in Wiltshire have been decided as the results of the CPRE Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition are announced.

Ramsbury, Tilshead and Castle Eaton came top in their respective categories and are this year’s winners.

Urchfont, in the Vale of Pewsey, has won the Laurence Kitching Award – also called the Winner of Winners’ competition – out of the six winning villages from the last two years the competition was held.

This year’s CPRE Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition has been sponsored by The Hills Group for an eighth consecutive year: The Competition was not held in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

The first round of the competition saw the expert judging teams from the Wiltshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and from Wiltshire Council putting each village under the microscope in May and June. Thirty-nine villages throughout the county were tested against the competition criteria which include tidiness, cleanliness, presentation, conservation and village community spirit. As ever the Parish Councils and their volunteers had clearly been hard at work, achieving encouragingly high standards and making the judges’ task that much more difficult.  Each village is judged within the categories of ‘Small’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Large’ and in the first round they are only judged within their own district: West Wiltshire, North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire and Kennet (East Wiltshire).

In July the winning villages in each district were then judged against each other in the County Round, using fresh judging teams. The final results are:

Large Village                                   Medium Village                               Small Village

1st        Ramsbury      90 pts             1st        Tilshead           86 pts             1st   Castle Eaton      97 pts

2nd       Whiteparish   84 pts             2nd       All Cannings     85 pts             2nd  Woodborough   88 pts

3rd        Blunsdon      78 pts             3rd        Oaksey           72.5 pts           3rd   Bishopstrow      81 pts

4th        Hilperton      77 pts              4th        Sutton Veny    69 pts

Note that different teams of judges were used in each of the three categories, so the points scored should not be contrasted between categories.

Laurence Kitching Award – Sponsored by Princeton Homes

The winning six villages from 2019 and 2018 were, as dictated by our rules, not allowed to compete in the main competition but were invited to enter the Laurence Kitching Award, sponsored by Princeton Homes and often called the ‘Winner of Winners’ competition.  The results were:

1st        Urchfont                    2nd       Biddestone                                  3rd  Ansty

4th        Bratton                     5th        Charlton (near Malmesbury)          6th Hullavington

Newcomers Award

This award encourages villages which have not entered the Best Kept Village Competition for the previous five years to give it a go. It comes with a £150 cash prize and a certificate.  CPRE Wiltshire hopes it will encourage even more villages to enter in 2022. This year five such villages qualified to enter.

The results were:

1st        Castle Eaton             2nd       Maiden Bradley                    3rd = Ham, and Tadpole Garden Village

5th        Bulkington

Merit Prize for Consistent Effort

A prize is 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, nor the Merit Prize in 2019.  In 2021 this has been won by Bishopstrow, who have regularly been 1st in the West Wiltshire Small Village competition in recent years.

First Round Results

NORTH WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON
LARGE VILLAGES
Blunsdon 85 1st
Tadpole Garden Village 80 2nd =
Brinkworth 80 2nd =
Box 79 3rd
MEDIUM VILLAGES
Oaksey 82 1st
Dauntsey 72 2nd
SMALL VILLAGES
Castle Eaton 89 1st
Hankerton 88 2nd
Marston Meysey 83 3rd =
Upper & Lower Seagry 83 3rd =

 

WEST WILTSHIRE
LARGE VILLAGES
Hilperton Bye
MEDIUM VILLAGES
Sutton Veny Bye
SMALL VILLAGES
Bishopstrow 82 1st
Bulkington 76 2nd
Beanacre 50 3rd

 

SOUTH WILTSHIRE
LARGE VILLAGES
Whiteparish Bye
MEDIUM VILLAGES
Tilshead 87 1st
Maiden Bradley 85 2nd
Dinton 80 3rd
SMALL VILLAGES
No entries

 

KENNET
LARGE VILLAGES
Ramsbury 92 1st
Seend 91 2nd
Bromham 85 3rd
Rowde 72 4th
MEDIUM VILLAGES
All Cannings 82 1st
Froxfield 73.5 2nd
SMALL VILLAGES
Woodborough 87 1st
Rushall 85 2nd
Ham 75 3rd

 

BEST NEWCOMER
Castle Eaton 85.2 1st
Maiden Bradley 84 2nd
Tadpole Garden Village 77 3rd =
Ham 77 3rd =
Bulkington 64.4 5th

 

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