The results of this year’s Best Kept Village Competition (BKV) were revealed at Stafford Collegel on Monday 3 August. John Perry, MBE, chairman of the BKV Working Group said:
“58 villages entered BKV this year, which was one more than last year, but tantalisingly close to the 60 which we had hoped for on the 60th year of the competition. Again we lost one or two “regulars”, but a few villages returned after some years’ absence. The standards achieved across the county were remarkable. It was obvious that the BKV organising groups in many villages had done a great deal of hard work to get individuals, groups and organisations mobilised to tackle the requirements of the competition. There was significant awareness of BKV and people had really got involved in many places to ensure that their villages were at their best between May and July.”
The Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire was again Haughton; the fifth year running that they have achieved this. Acton Trussell was the Best Kept Small Village in the County for the second year in succession.
In the circulation area of the Gazette, Yarnfield came second in the Large Village Competition, whilst Fulford came first in the Small Village category. Salt came third and there “highly commended” accolades for Barlaston, Burston, Hilderstone and Oulton.