Show pride in town and help Winslow in Best Kept contest

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Winslow has entered the Bucks Best Kept Village competition for the first time this year, and it wants local people to help get the town looking its best.

The competition is open to villages and small towns throughout Bucks and Milton Keynes.

The judging will take place in June, after inspectors make an unannounced visit to the town.

The winners will receive a cup and wrought iron Best Kept Village sign, to be retained until the following year. This will be presented by Lord Lieutenant of Bucks, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, on Saturday, June 14.

The competition aims to encourage residents to improve their environment by keeping the town clean and well cared for, and to involve the whole of the community in taking pride in the town’s upkeep.

Mayor of Winslow, David Barry, was the driving force behind Winslow’s entry.

He told the Advertiser: “I asked the council to seriously consider it at the April town council meeting.

“I realised we hadn’t entered before and I didn’t see why we shouldn’t. I think we must have a go. It gives people pride in their town. That’s what we’re after.

“It’s not about who’s got the best hanging baskets, its about the general appearance of the town.”

Mr Barry said the judges are not looking for the most beautiful villages.

What they are looking for is good maintenance, evidence of community effort and absence of litter.

The town council will be organising a litter pick during the week commencing June 3.

Any local groups that would like to get involved should contact Mr Barry on 01296 712440.