Rare win for vil­lage in best kept con­test

Un­usual for a large vil­lage to win over­all prize

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CHAL­FONT St Peter will be pre­sented with an award for win­ning Bucks Best Kept Vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion, which took place ear­lier this year.

Lord Lieu­tenant of Buck­ing­hamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher will present the award to parish coun­cil chair­man Linda Smith at a cer­e­mony on Satur­day Septem­ber 12.

The com­pe­ti­tion was sep­a­rated into dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, and the vil­lage won the Tin­dall Cup, a cup win­ners cup only open to the vil­lages that placed first in their cat­e­gories last year.

Parish clerk Deb­bie Evans said it was un­usual ac­co­lade for a vil­lage the size of Chal­font St Peter.

“It’s re­ally quite rare for a large vil­lage to win the Tin­dall Cup,” she said. “This is only the sec­ond time we have won it.”

She added: “We’re ex­tremely pleased and ap­pre­ci­ate all the work that went into win­ning it.”

Com­mu­nity groups in­volved in help­ing the vil­lage win the com­pe­ti­tion have been in­vited as a way to say thank you for all of their hard work.

She said: “This is all about com­mu­nity groups. It’s recog­ni­tion for their hard work.”

Mrs Evans was also keen to em­pha­sise the work is a year long job, and not just for the part of the year the com­pe­ti­tion runs.

She said: “The Best Kept Vil­lage is not just some­thing that hap­pens in June. We aim to keep the stan­dard go­ing for 12 months.”

De­scrib­ing the award as ‘fan­tas­tic’ and said it was ‘lovely to be recog­nised’. She hopes there will be around 50 peo­ple at the cer­e­mony.

The vil­lage will also be pre­sented with the Le­ofwine Shield on Tues­day Septem­ber 8, which is awarded to the vil­lage in the Chiltern Dis­trict with the high­est points in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mrs Evans said: “The award is just a fan­tas­tic way of recog­nis­ing this, and we hope to win it next year.”

EX­TREMELY PLEASED: Chal­font St Peter has been awarded the Tin­dall Cup – a rare hon­our and the sec­ond time the vil­lage has won the ac­co­lade

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