the best in bucks revealed
Chalfont St Giles takes Pushman Cup as top spot goes to Weedon
The village won top spot after judges awarded it the Sword of Excellence for the highest marks overall, a title which was won by Marlow last year.
Chalfont St Giles has won the Pushman Cup, a category for villages with a population over 3,000, beating Stokenchurch into second place.
Marlow, which won the Michaelis Cup for small towns last year, came second behind Stewkley in the Tindall Cup, a competition for the 2015 winners.
A spokesman for Chalfont St Giles Parish Council said: “The parish council was thrilled to hear the news that we have won the Pushman Cup.
“The parish councillors, staff and contractors made a considerable effort this year to ensure that our village was looking its best not only for the competition but for the Queen’s birthday celebrations, so the village was looking great during June when the judges came visiting.
“However the competition is not only looking at the appearance of the village, it is also looking at the community spirit and that is something that we have in abundance.
“The parish council would like to thank everyone for their efforts that have made this award possible.”
Richard Pushman, chairman of the competition, said: “Our popular competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages.
“It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment.
“The competition is not just for pretty villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained.
“It is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.”
The competition is open to all villages and small towns throughout Bucks and Milton Keynes, and judges lookout for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.
Chris Moorhouse, head of sponsors Savills, Beaconsfield sales, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition and particularly congratulate Stewkley the winner of the Community Trophy. The villages and small towns which participate are taking pride in their surroundings, making them more attractive places for people to live, for tourists to visit and for people to do business. In Buckinghamshire we are blessed with vibrant, wellkept villages and we all share the responsibility for protecting and improving them, for current and future generations.”
The cups will be presented in the winning villages by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant on Saturday September 17.
Bluebells growing in Hodgemmor Woods in Chalfont St Giles