Early Best Kept Village Competition results

By Barrie Hudson - 22 June 2021


Castle Eaton near Swindon has been named Best Newcomer in the CPRE Wiltshire and The Hills Group Best Kept Village competition.

  • The Red Lion is one of Castle Eaton's most prominent landmarks

    The Red Lion is one of Castle Eaton's most prominent landmarks

All villages competing now know whether they are closer to the prize, as the results of the first round of judging have been announced.

This year’s competition started with 28 villages from around the county who were put under the microscope by expert judges who are looking at criteria including tidiness, cleanliness, presentation and village community spirit.

Castle Eaton, which also won the category for small villages in the North Wiltshire and Swindon section, will receive a £150 cash prize.

Mike Manson of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Wiltshire, said: "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 the 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 26 September the presentation to the winners will be made by the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire and CPRE Wiltshire’s President, Mrs Sarah Troughton.

In the North Wiltshire and Swindon section, Blunsdon has won the 'Large' category and 'Oaksey' the "Medium' one. 

Each winning village will receive a certificate, and will be judged against similar sized villages in the other districts, to determine the best kept large, medium and small villages in Wiltshire.


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