Best village contest results announced
Civic pride at stake in the annual competition
NEIGHBOURHOODS in South Bucks and Chiltern districts are celebrating their achievements in the Bucks Best Kept Village competition.
Open to small towns and villages, doing well in the competition has been a matter of civic pride for the last 58 years.
Chalfont St Peter picked up top spot in this year’s Tindall Cup, a category for the winners from last year’s competition. Hedgerley was runner-up.
Little Missenden was the runner-up – jointly with Little Marlow – in the Gurney Cup. This award is for villages with a population of up to 500 people.
In the small towns category, also known as the Michaelis Cup, Amersham Old Town took the runner-up spot, with Marlow winning the cup. Amersham Old Town also won the Dashwood Trophy, presented to the best of all the runners-up in the competition.
Chalfont St Giles and Gerrards Cross tied for runner-up position in the Pushman Cup, which recognises large villages, with a population of more than 3,000. Haddenham was the winner.
Competition chairman, Richard Pushman, said: “There was a record number of entries this year, standards were high in all the competing villages and I congratulate all our winners and runners-up. The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter. Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit, with numerous activities and community enterprises.”
Entrants were assessed on various features within their villages, with categories covering playing fields, recreation grounds, village halls, war memorials, notice boards and areas around shops and pubs. The judges were also looking for evidence of community effort.
Gerrards Cross was a late entrant to the competition.
Chris Brown, chairman of Gerrards Cross Parish Council, said: “I think we were quite pleasantly surprised. We knew we could have put a bit more into it but a lot of organisations helped out.”
He added that coming second has given the village ‘more motivation to try next year’, and called on the village to focus its resources.
Mr Brown said: “We’ll give it a try next year, but it’s the doing rather than the winning that counts.”
Chalfont St Giles Parish Council chairman, Gordon Patrick, said: “We were a bit disappointed with it. I think everybody in the village worked very hard to come up to standard. It’s disappointing that we didn’t win, but there’s always next year.”
He added: “We have achieved it in the past so let’s hope that we can achieve it again.”
Councillor Gordon said he enjoys competing against neighbouring villages, such as Gerrards Cross.
He said: “We’ll show them the way home. It’s a friendly rivalry between the villages and parishes. It’s a good thing.”