Villages win awards in Best Kept contest

Local villages succeed in contest
Local villages succeed in contest

Three local villages have won awards in the 2016 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition.

Following judging in June, Tingewick has won the Morris Cup, for villages with a population of 500 to 1,500, and Granborough is the runner-up.

Stewkley has won the Tindall Cup for the second year running.

And Stewkley’s success is capped by being awarded the Community Trophy.

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

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.”

The competition is sponsored by Savills and Bucks County Council, with additional support from Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils and Milton Keynes Council.

Chris Moorhouse, of Savills, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the competition and particularly congratulate Stewkley, the winner of the Community Trophy.

“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 Bucks 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 cups will be presented in the winning villages on Saturday, September 17, by Lord Lieutenant of Bucks Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.