Best Kept Village

 The Best Kept Village (BKV) Competition.

Formerly known as the Community Pride Competition, the BKV was initiated in 1957, Its aim is to develop and highlight a sense of pride amongst local people throughout Cheshire, which now includes Warrington and Halton. Since then the number of entrants to the competition has increased to nearly three times the initial number. The competition has also diversified its outlook from the primary focus on the look of the village to a broader outlook to encompass key themes that increase sustainability and quality of life for residents of the parish, village, or town.

The Competition exemplifies the community spirit in all the villages. It demonstrates and emphasises just how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Cheshire a beautiful and attractive County.
The competition encourages villages to improve every aspect of village life which is under threat in so many different ways.

This competition would not be possible without the generous dedication of  volunteer judges who come from all over the County and spend considerable time visiting the towns,villages and parishes who enter the competition.

Best Kept Village

The 61st Best Kept Village Competition organised by Cheshire Community Action was celebrated at Frodsham Community Centre on 1st November 2018. The event was  hosted by Cheshire West & Chester Council, in the presence of a large gathering of Civic Leaders, Parish Councillors, Competition Judges and enthusiasts who had travelled from all parts of the County.

The Overall Championship Award was presented to Congleton Town Council as Best Kept Village. Congleton are very well-deserved winners with a very strong community. It is an active community with many local volunteers who all work hard to make it a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

Rebecca Jones of ESSAR OIL UK, sponsor of the 2018 Competition, presented the plaque and cheque to the winners.

Mr Andrew Hull, Chairman of the Sandstone Ridge Trust gave an illuminating talk on the Sandstone Ridge.