Best vil­lage con­test re­sults an­nounced

Civic pride at stake in the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion

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

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.”

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