The 2016 Best Kept Village Competition results are:
Weedon, winner of the Gurney Cup (villages with a population of 500 and under); Ludgershall, runner-up
Tingewick, winner of the Morris Cup (villages with a population of 500 – 1500); Granborough, runner-up
Hanslope, winner of the DeFraine Cup (villages with a population 1501 – 3000); Seer Green, runner-up
Chalfont St Giles, winner of the Pushman Cup (villages with a population over 3000); Stokenchurch, runner-up
Olney, winner of the Michaelis Cup (small towns); Stony Stratford, runner-up
Stewkley, winner of the Tindall Cup (2015 cup winners); Marlow, runner-up
Weedon has been awarded the Sword of Excellence as the best overall winner.
The Dashwood Trophy for the best runner-up goes to Granborough.
Stewkley’s success is capped by being awarded the Community Trophy which is sponsored by Savills.
Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, comments: “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.”
The cups were presented in the winning villages by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant on Saturday 17th September.
The results of the 2015 competition:
Stoke Goldington - Gurney Cup (for villages with a population up to 500) Joint Runners-up – Little Marlow & Little Missenden
Cuddington – Morris Cup (villages with a population 500-1500) Runner-up - Castlethorpe
Stewkley - DeFraine Cup (population 1500 – 3000) Runner-up – Pitstone
Marlow – Michaelis Cup (small towns) Runner-up – Amersham Old Town
Haddenham - Pushman Cup (large villages with a population over 3000) Joint runners-up – Chalfont St Giles & Gerrards Cross
Chalfont St Peter – Tindall Cup (2014 cup winners) Runner–up - Hedgerley
Marlow- Sword of Excellence (for the winner with the highest marks)
Amersham Old Town - Dashwood Trophy (for the best runner-up)
The village of Cuddington also had the added honour of being selected for the Savills’ sponsored Community Award.
Competition chairman, Richard Pushman commented: “There was a record number of entries this year, standards were high in all the competing villages and I congratulate all our winners and runners-up. The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter. Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise. Cuddington is a worthy winner of the Community Award. In particular, the Cuddington Picture House, run by volunteers, is an ambitious community project which has been a great success. Oving too deserves congratulations. Although not a Best Kept Village winner Oving's new village hall has been a tremendous achievement for the village.”
The cups were presented in the six winning villages on Saturday 12th September by Buckinghamshire Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher.
The winning villages in the 2014 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition were:
Fulmer - Gurney Cup (population up to 500) Runner-up - Weedon
Hedgerley – Morris Cup (population 500-1500) Runner-up - Mursley
Cheddington - DeFraine Cup (population 1500 – 3000) Runner-up – Granborough
Olney – Michaelis Cup (small towns) Runner-up – Marlow
Chalfont St Peter - Pushman Cup (rural population over 3000) Runner-up – Haddenham
Halton – Tindall Cup (2013 cup winners) Runner –up - Winslow
Fulmer - Sword of Excellence (for the winner with the highest marks)
Mursley - Dashwood Trophy (for the best runner-up)
Hedgerley - Savills’ sponsored Community Award.
Competition chairman, Richard Pushman commented: “There were excellent standards throughout the competing villages this year, and the judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter. Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good village life with numerous activities and community participation. In particular, Hedgerley was highlighted for the many people who have worked hard to transform Glebe Field into a wildlife-friendly meadow. This ongoing project is providing a valuable amenity for the residents and visitors.”
Andrew Cronan, Head of Savills Beaconsfield Sales, commented: “Community is central to our ethos at Savills and we are delighted to be able to support an initiative which has such a positive impact on the Buckinghamshire villages which we love and in which we all work and live.”