Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition

Winners 2022

Lancashire VillageThe Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition held its 2022 Awards Presentation Ceremony at Eaves Hall, West Bradford on Monday, 17th October.

It was our 63rd Annual Awards Ceremony and the organising Committee welcomed 120 guests, which included 10 Mayors representing many towns and villages from all over Lancashire. The Chair, Kelly Wood, thanked the judges and villages for all the hard work throughout the year and hoped that moving forward we could build up the number of entrants to the competition. The committee is to trial a pilot scheme this next year to try and incorporate 'wards' of some of our towns into the competition to encourage the community spirit that shows you love where you live.

This year's competition saw 47 villages entering across the 5 categories with 10 villages making the final round…
West Bradford | Bretherton | Adlington Lower | Adlington Higher | Weeton | Chipping | Roughlee | Belmont | Little Eccleston | Great Plumpton.

Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition 2022 Champion Village Bretherton. Award presentated by Guy Topping, Managing Director of Barton GrangeAll the results are a closely guarded secret until revealed during the award ceremony. This year we were very pleased to have Guy Topping, Managing Director of Barton Grange, one of our all-important sponsors, as our guest external Finals Judge - not an easy task given the high standards of the competing villages. Guy also joined us at Eaves Hall to present the awards for Best Kept Villages and Outstanding Features.

This year the winner of the Champion Village Class was Bretherton (pictured); they received a commemorative plaque along with a trophy and a framed certificate.

Other major Whole Village Class awards went to Lower Adlington (Large Village), Chipping (Medium Village), Belmont (Small Village) and Little Eccleston (Hamlets).

There were 16 'Outstanding Features' Awards for features nominated by the villages themselves. This year most entries were for Places of Worship (27) & Grounds and Public Houses (27). The former category was won by St. Bartholomew's, Chipping (Runners-up: St. James', Whitechapel and St. Hilda's, Bilsborrow), and the latter by The Eagle, Weeton (Runners-up: The Retreat, Lower Adlington and The Ship, Elswick). A new category, Heritage Feature (20 entries) was won by Milestone, Blacko (with 3 runners-up: J Waring Heritage Centre, Great Plumpton; Memorial to Air Disaster, Freckleton and Old Village sign, Weeton). Schools (24), War Memorials (21), Public Buildings (21), Community Notice Boards (20) were popular categories; won by Weeton - St. Michael's Primary School, Freckleton - Cenotaph, Brindle - Village Hall and Noticeboard - Preston Old Road, Freckleton respectively. In all there were 262 entries in the 'Outstanding Features' categories.

Competition Winners (2022)   [class entrants]

  • Champion Village - Bretherton (Runner-up - West Bradford; Highly Commended - Higham). [16]
  • Large Village - Lower Adlington (Runners-up - Higher Adlington and Pilling). [10]
  • Medium Village - Chipping (Runner-up - Weeton; Highly Commended - Lathom). [6]
  • Small Village - Belmont (Runner-up - Roughlee; Highly Commended - Brindle). [10]
  • Hamlet - Little Eccleston (Runner-up - Great Plumpton; Highly Commended - Haighton). [5]

Outstanding Features (2022)

  1. Place of Worship and Grounds [27]
    Winner: Chipping - St. Bartholomew's
    Runners-up: Whitechapel - St James’ and Bilsborrow - St. Hilda's
    Highly Commended: Plumpton - St. Anne's, Preesall - St. Oswald's and West Bradford - St. Catherine's
  2. Schools [24]
    Winner: Weeton - St. Michael's Primary
    Runner-up: Hutton - Ashbridge School
    Highly Commended: Adlington Lower - Adlington Primary, Bretherton - Bretherton Endowed and Goosnargh - Oliverson's Primary
  3. Public Houses [27]
    Winner: Weeton - The Eagle
    Runners-up: Lower Adlington - The Retreat and Elswick - The Ship
    Highly Commended: Chipping - The Sun Inn and Lathom - The Ship
  4. Hotel / Guest House [6]
    Winners: Chipping - Gibbon Bridge
    Runner-up: Town Green - Moor Hall
    Highly Commended: West Bradford - Eaves Hall
  5. Public Building [21]
    Winner: Brindle - Village Hall
    Runner-up: Weeton - Village Hall
    Highly Commended: Grindleton - Pavilion and West Bradford - Village Hall
  6. Public Playing Field [15]
    Winner: Grindleton - at The Pavilion
    Runner-up: Elswick - Village Hall site
    Highly Commended: Blacko - Beverley Rd Recreation and Village Hall site, Hambleton - Bob Williamson Park
  7. Children's Play Area [18]
    Winner: Grindleton - Playground
    Runner-up: Adlington Lower - Jubilee Recreation
    Highly Commended: Bretherton - Recreation Ground, Parbold - by Village Hall and Weeton - at Village Hall
  8. Industrial / Commercial Premises [7]
    Winner: Sabden - Specialised Automotive Services
    Runner-up: Great Plumpton - Waring’s Whinbrick Works
    Highly Commended: Adlington Higher - Deighan's Funeral Parlour
  9. Shops [16]
    Winner: Blacko - Pulse
    Runner-up: Adlington Higher - Frank James Hair
    Highly Commended: Little Eccleston - TOTI's
  10. Sheltered Accommodation [11]
    Winner: Grindleton - Mary Brown Cottages
    Runners-up: Lathom - Alms Houses and Preesall - The Lilacs
    Highly Commended: Adlington Lower - Slater Bungalows
  11. Community Notice Board [20]
    Winner: Freckleton - Preston Old Road
    Runners-up: Adlington Lower - Town Council Park Rd and Little Eccleston - inside Bus Shelter
    Highly Commended: Blacko - Gisburn Rd/Hollin Fold, Higham - Hall Rd/Kiln Hill, Mawdesley - Spar and West Bradford - Grindleton Rd
  12. War Memorial [21]
    Winner: Freckleton - Cenotaph
    Runners-up: Chipping - War Memorial and Sabden - War Memorial
    Highly Commended: West Bradford - War Memorial
  13. Bowling Green [11]
    Winner: Bretherton
    Runners-up: Elswick and Freckleton - Memorial
    Highly Commended: Preesall - Working Men's Club
  14. Cricket Grounds [7]
    Winner: Mawdesley
    Runner-up: New Longton - Cricket & Recreation and
    Highly Commended: Edgworth - Cricket & Recreation and Freckleton - Bush Lane
  15. Public Garden [11]
    Winners: Chipping - Wildflower Garden
    Runner-up: Adlington Lower - Leonard Fairclough
    Highly Commended: Elswick - Village Hall
  16. Heritage Feature [20]
    Winners Blacko - Milestone
    Runners-up: Great Plumpton - J Waring Heritage Centre, Freckleton - Memorial to air disaster and Weeton - Old Village sign
    Highly Commended: Adlington Higher - Model Narrowboat and Roughlee - Alice Nutter Statue

Download Lancashire Best Kept Village Full Results 2022.

Previous Years' Results

Results 2021 (PDF Download).

The 2020 Competition was cancelled due to Covid and Lockdowns.

Results 2019 (PDF Download).

Results 2018 (PDF Download).

Results 2017.


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The Committee is pleased to announce this year's competition is now underway with villages entering 'Best Kept Village', 'Outstanding Features' and new 'Urban Communities' categories (entry forms below).

Judges training sessions to took place 10th April and 11th May at Elswick Vllage Hall.

The 2023 results were announced at our Presentation Event which took place at Eaves Hall West Bradford 16th October and awards for 'Best Kept Villages' and 'Outstanding Features' given out.

Best Kept Village Winners (2023):
◆ Champion - Elswick
◆ Large - Sabden
◆ Medium - Town Green
◆ Small - Grindleton
◆ Hamlet - Little Eccleston

Outstanding Features (2023):
There were 285 nominated 'Outstanding Features' from Lancashire villages across the 16 categories.

Tidy Town Winner (2023):
◆ Ingol

2023 Results [PDF].

We would like to thank all the villages taking part this year and look forward to visiting as part of the judging process. As ever we much appreciate all who take part and support this event, especially our Judges, Committee and sponsors.

In 2019 the 'Constitution of the Competition' was updated and streamlined, simplifying all paperwork used by villages and judges; the Certificate of Merit part of the competition was overhauled, replaced by a secondary competition called 'Outstanding Features' - villages entering the main competition able to nominate up to 10 Outstanding Features of their village, and certificates awarded to the best in each class. Ahead of the 2023 competition there was further review of the Constitution, entry and judging criteria and a pilot in place to add a 'Tidy Towns' section - this has evolved to become 'Urban Communities'.

Other Information

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Did you know there are regional best kept village competitions across the United Kingdom?

Our thanks to our 2024 sponsors: Barton Grange Group, Eaves Hall Hotel at West Radford, Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC).