the best in bucks re­vealed

Chal­font St Giles takes Push­man Cup as top spot goes to Wee­don

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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

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