Villages in battle to be the best
Record number of entries received as Chalfont St Peter defends its title
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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