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Best Kept Village 2014

Hedgerley Parish Council Best Kept Village 2014

BEST KEPT VILLAGE 2014 RESULTS

 

The winning villages in the 2014 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition were revealed to be-

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)

 

The village of Hedgerley also has the added honour of being selected for the 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."

 

The competition is organised by the Bucks Best Kept Village Competition Committee with sponsorship provided by Bucks County Council, the District Councils from Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe and Motts Coaches. International real estate adviser Savills sponsors the competition’s Community Award. Entrants were assessed on various features within their villages with categories covering playing fields, recreation grounds, village halls, war memorials, notice boards and areas around shops and pubs. The judges were also looking for evidence of community effort.

 

Andrew Cronan, Head of Savills Beaconsfield Sales, comments: "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."

 

For further information regarding the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village competition please contact the competition administrator by email at bkvbucks@gmail.com or by telephoning 07857 968448.

 

For general information about the Best Kept Village Competition visit www.bucksvoice.net/bestkeptvillage

 

 

BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION - Morris Cup Judges comments

 

The Londis shop frontage is immaculate, with attractive flower beds. There is a well kept playing field with no litter. The White Horse pub appeared welcoming and attractive, with flower beds and hanging baskets. The hanging baskets on the bus shelter were cleverly fashioned from old drainpipe heads. There were cigarette ends outside the village hall – this was about the only litter visible!

An excellent map was provided – just one quibble : the access point to Glebe field was no quite where shown.

It is clear that many people have worked hard to transform Glebe Field into a wildlife-friendly meadow (an ongoing project). A display board gives information about what the village aims to achieve.

We would therefore recommend Hedgerley for the Community Award.

Category 1

Primary Features Possible Points Points Awarded

1A   Places of workshop with graveyard or cemetery

10

9

1B    Common, green, playing field

20

19

1C    Village hall/community centre, church hall

20

18

1D   Boundary hedges, road verges*, ditches, fences etc. and clearly defined wildlife conservation areas

10

10

Category 2

Secondary Features Column 2 Column 3

2A   Areas surrounding inns, hotels, pubs, shops 

10

10

2b    Bus shelters, telephone kiosks, notice board, toilets

10

9

2C    Ancillary features e.g. outdoor war memorial, pond, stream, village pump 

10

9

Category 3

Column 1 Possible Points Points Awarded

Additional marks for overall appearance including lack of litter and evidence of community effort

10

10

Totals

100

94

Hedgerley won the Morris Cup and Community Award in the 2014 Bucks Best Kept Village Competition. 

The Morris Cup was presented to Councillor Neil Coxhead, Vice-Chairman of Hedgerley Parish Council on Saturday 13th September by The Countess Howe who was representing the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.  Hedgerley was one of 13 villages who entered the Morris Cup.  In addition Hedgerley was awarded the Community Award in recognition of the best community effort (of the 52 communities that entered the Best Kept Village competition) for work in restoring Glebe Field as a wildlife friendly meadow and community orchard.  The Community Award was presented by Andrew Cronan Director of Savills Residential in Beaconsfield who sponsored this award.

Lady Howe and Andrew Cronan said that the judges were impressed by the effort of villagers to achieve these awards. In accepting both awards Councillor Neil Coxhead thanked all villagers, the Memorial Hall committee, and especially the Hedgerley Conservation Volunteers for their hard work this year.  He also thanked 1st Hedgerley Scouts for their community work in the Glebe Field.  

The White Horse was mentioned in the BKV judges' report for its splendid display of flowers, and they were still looking fabulous when after the award ceremony, Lady Howe, judges and councillors repaired to the pub for a buffet tea.  To mark the occasion a cask of 'Hedgerley Pride' had been been specially commissioned from the Rebellion Brewery by the landlord, Kevin Brooker.

Hedgerley now looks forward to taking part in the 'cup winners cup' next year, when we will be judged alongside this year's winners in all the different classes.

We have since been informed that a separate trophy will be presented to the Hedgerley Scouts for their work in the Glebe Field and Kemsley Wood. The award, the Baile Trophy, will be presented by Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village competition.

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