Which is the best kept vil­lage in Bucks?

Awards for best kept ar­eas across Buck­ing­hamshire are an­nounced

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

CHAL­FONT St Peter has taken a top award in the Buck­ing­hamshire’s Best Kept Vil­lages com­pe­ti­tion.

The vil­lage won the Push­man Cup, an award it won in 2014 and which Chal­font St Giles claimed last year.

It is a cat­e­gory for vil­lages with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 3,000.

Over­all top spot was given to Mor­ris Cup win­ner Cud­ding­ton, af­ter judges awarded it the Sword of Ex­cel­lence.

The sword is awarded to the vil­lage with the high­est marks, a cat­e­gory won by Wee­don last year.

Wee­don came run­nerup to Hans­lope in the Tin­dall Cup, an award for 2016 cup win­ners.

Seer Green came sec­ond to Stewk­ley in the DeFraine Cup, which is for vil­lages with a pop­u­la­tion from 1,501 to 3,000.

Mar­low fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Winslow in the Michaelis Cup, a cat­e­gory for small towns.

Com­pe­ti­tion chair­man Richard Push­man said: “Our pop­u­lar best kept vil­lage 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 best kept vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion is not just for ‘pretty’ vil­lages – we want to see com­mu­ni­ties where ev­ery­one makes an ef­fort to keep their sur­round­ings well-main­tained.

“The com­pe­ti­tion 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.”

Chris Brown, from hor­ti­cul­tural ma­chin­ery deal- er­ship Ge­orge Browns, said: “We are de­lighted to be as­so­ci­ated with the Buck­ing­hamshire Best Kept Vil­lage Com­pe­ti­tion and par­tic­u­larly con­grat­u­late Ov­ing, the win­ner of the Com­mu­nity Tro­phy.

“Be­ing a res­i­dent of Winslow, I am par­tic­u­larly pleased that Winslow won the Michaelis Cup.

“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, well-kept vil­lages and we all share the re­spon­si­bil­ity for pro­tect­ing and im­prov­ing them, for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The Best Kept Vil­lage Com­pe­ti­tion is spon­sored by Ge­orge Browns and Bucks County Coun­cil with ad­di­tional sup­port from Mil­ton Keynes Coun­cil and dis­trict coun­cils from Ayles­bury Vale, Chiltern and Wy­combe.

The cups will be pre­sented to the win­ning vil­lages by Lord Li­etenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher on Satur­day Septem­ber 16. The re­sults in full are:

Ov­ing – win­ner of the Gur­ney Cup (vil­lages with a pop­u­la­tion of 500 and un­der). Ludger­shall – run­ner-up. Cud­ding­ton – win­ner of the Mor­ris Cup (vil­lages with a pop­u­la­tion of 500 – 1,500). Castlethorpe –run­ner-up. Stewk­ley – win­ner of the DeFraine Cup (vil­lages with a pop­u­la­tion 1,501 to 3,000). Seer Green – run­ner-up. Chal­font St Peter – win­ner of the Push­man Cup (vil­lages with a pop­u­la­tion over 3,000). Had­den­ham - run­ner-up. Winslow – win­ner of the Michaelis Cup (small

towns). Mar­low – run­nerup.

Hans­lope – win­ner of the Tin­dall Cup (2016 cup win­ners). Wee­don – run­ner-up. Cud­ding­ton has been awarded the Sword of Ex­cel­lence as the best over-

all win­ner.

The Dash­wood Tro­phy for the best run­ner-up goes to Castlethorpe.

n Ov­ing’s suc­cess is capped by be­ing awarded the Com­mu­nity Tro­phy, which is spon­sored by Browns.

We warmly con­grat­u­late this year’s win­ners for their su­perb ef­forts

Chal­font St Peter picked up the Push­man Cup this year

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