CPRE Wiltshire and CCM technologies have revealed which villages have made it to the next stage of this year's Best Kept Village Competition - including the Swindon villages.
Villages in Wiltshire competing to be this year’s CPRE Wiltshire and CCm Technologies Best Kept Village Competition in the county have found out if they have taken one step closer to the prize as the results of the first round of judging are announced.
This year’s competition started with 29 villages from around the county who were put under the microscope by the expert team of judges who are looking for criteria including tidiness, cleanliness, presentation and village community spirit.
One village, Heytesbury, has been announced as this year’s ‘Best Newcomer’ and will receive a £150 cash prize.
Pawel Kisielewski, CEO of CCm Technologies, said: “CCm is all about making the environment a better place and salutes the achievement of villages across Wiltshire in being recognised at this stage of the competition.”
Mike Manson from CPRE Wiltshire said: “As usual, the parish councils and their volunteers had clearly been hard at work, achieving encouragingly high standards and making the judges’ task that much more difficult."
Each village is judged within the categories of ‘Small’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Large’ and in this first round they are only judged within their own district: West Wiltshire, North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire or Kennet (East Wiltshire).
The final results will be announced in August and on the 25 September the presentations to the winners will be made in each of the villages.
The results from the first stage of judging, are as follows:
North Wiltshire and Swindon:
- 1st Box
- 2nd Ashton Keynes
- 3rd Brinkworth
- 4th Blunsdon
- 5th Hullavington
- 6th Tadpole Garden Village Box
- 1st Great Somerford
- 2nd Biddestone
- 1st Charlton
- 2nd Hankerton
- 1st Bromham
- 2nd Seend
- 1st All Cannings
- 2nd Froxfield
- 1st Rushall
- 2nd Woodborough
- 1st Hilperton
- 2nd Dilton Marsh
- 3rd Southwick
- 1st Heytesbury
- 2nd Sutton Veny
- 1st Tytherington
- 2nd Bishopstrow
- 3rd Knook
- 4th Bulkington
- 1st Whiteparish
- 2nd Alderbury
- 1st Hindon (only entrant)
- 1st Stapleford (only entrant)
Each winning village will receive a certificate and in July it will be judged against the similar sized villages in the other districts, to determine the best kept large, medium and small villages in Wiltshire.
Also in July the Laurence Kitching Award will be judged. This involves four of the six villages who won their size categories in the past two competitions (2019 and 2021) and who are therefore ineligible for the main competition.
The results of this second round will be published in August. Award ceremonies will then be held sequentially at the three winning villages on Sunday 25th September when the Union Flag surmounting the winner’s shield will be pulled away and commemorative plaques will be presented. Cash prizes between £30 and £200 will be awarded to all villages in this second round.
Best Newcomers Award
The Best Newcomers Award has been made available to encourage villages which have not entered the Best Kept Village Competition for the previous five years to give it a go. They are all judged by a different pair of judges from those judging them in the main Competition. This year four such villages entered and the winner is Heytesbury who will receive a £150 cash prize. Southwick, Tytherington and Knook also entered and the four total scores were all very close.
Making the Competition Work
Finally it is important to point out that this competition could not take place without the very generous contributions of our sponsors (CCm Technologies), the support of Wiltshire Council and of course the immense hard work put in by individual parish councils and villagers. It is a joint effort but one we feel benefits Wiltshire and in particular the participating villages.