Winslow celebrates its win in Best Kept Village contest

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Never mind that Winslow is actually a town – it’s now officially a Best-Kept Village!

Winslow has scored a victory in the 2013 Best Kept Village Competition, organised by the Bucks & Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils (BMKALC).

The competition is sponsored by Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Wycombe District Council and Motts Coaches.

Winslow has been announced as winner of the Pushman Cup, against eight other entrants in the ‘large villages’ category, beating Chalfont St Peter and Hazlemere into runner-up position.

Stewkley was runner-up in the ‘medium villages’ category, which was won by Seer Green in the south of Bucks.

Stony Stratford beat Princes Risborough to carry away the trophy for ‘small towns’, and also won the Sword Of Excellence for the best overall winner.

Winslow will receive its award from Lord Lieutenant of Bucks Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher in September.

Mayor of Winslow, David Barry, said: “I’m absolutely delighted on behalf of the council that we’ve won this.

“We were surprised to win it first time in, and we’re still suffering from shock.

“I just want to pay tribute to the people of Winslow who pulled out all the stops.

“There was a lot of litter picking and a lot of hard work.Every effort has been made and we would like to thank people for all their hard work.”

Competition chairman Richard Pushman said:“Our judges were impressed with the standard of entries and highlighted that Bucks as a whole, and not just the Best Kept Villages, is in remarkably great shape.

“Well done to all those litter pickers and volunteers who make such an effort to keep their communities tidy.”