Vil­lages in bat­tle to be the best

Record num­ber of en­tries re­ceived as Chal­font St Peter de­fends its ti­tle

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­

VIL­LAGERS are ral­ly­ing to show judges just why they live in the best place in Bucks.

Or­gan­is­ers re­ceived a record num­ber of en­tries for this year’s Best Kept Vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion which has seen neigh­bour­hoods across Bucks clear, clean and tidy up in readi­ness for it.

Sixty-two vil­lages en­tered this year, with Chal­font St Peter en­ter­ing the cup win­ner’s cup com­pe­ti­tion, af­ter win­ning it last year, and Ger­rards Cross and Chal­font St Giles vy­ing for the main ti­tle.

Judg­ing has been tak­ing place through­out June, with or­gan­is­ers con­firm­ing win­ners will be an­nounced in the mid­dle of July.

Vil­lages are judged on a num­ber of fac­tors.

Com­pet it ion ad­min­is­tra­tor Ruth Pow­ell said: “We’re not look­ing for cho­co­late box vil­lages. We look at ones that look af­ter their ameni­ties, have good up­keep of the halls and grounds.

‘OP­POR­TU­NITY’: Coun­cil­lor Chris Brown

“They don’t have to be pretty. It’s what it says – it’s the best kept vil­lage.”

Chris Brown, chair­man of Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil, said: “This has been a great op­por­tu­nity for all the or­gan­i­sa­tions in Ger­rards Cross to pull to­gether to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of Ger­rards Cross. Ev­ery­body from the Ger­rards Cross Traders As­so­ci­a­tion, the Ger­rards Cross Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers, the Ro­tary Club to our brown­ies and scouts, churches, schools, com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions and of course many of our res­i­dents, have made a fan­tas­tic ef­fort to make our vil­lage look great.

Gor­don Pa­trick, chair­man of Chal­font St Giles Parish Coun­cil, said: “Hats off to the parish coun­cil­lors. They sort of got to­gether and went to town.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the parish coun­cil, from the parish chair­man.”

He also wished ‘good luck’ to the other vil­lages tak­ing part.

“It’s nice to see vil­lages tak­ing part,” he said. “It’s nice to see a friendly ri­valry be­tween them.”

Deb­bie Evans, Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil clerk, said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic hon­our to win and we’re work­ing hard to win again this year.

“It’s all about com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. It’s not just an award the parish coun­cil wins, it’s an award the vil­lage wins.”

Mrs Evans said: “It’s about the com­mu­nity as­pect as a whole. We’re very lucky to have in Chal­font St Peter that com­mu­nity spirit.”

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