Best kept villages in Bucks announced

Cuddington pictured receiving the Sword of Excellence in 2012. This year the village has won the Tindall Cup for being the best of the best.
Cuddington pictured receiving the Sword of Excellence in 2012. This year the village has won the Tindall Cup for being the best of the best.
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The winning villages in the 2013 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition have been revealed.

This year there was a bumper 57 entries in the competition, organised by the Bucks & Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils (BMKALC).

The Best Kept Villages are:

Gurney Cup (very small villages) winner: Halton (runners-up: Chenies, Weedon, Weston Underwood)

Morris Cup (small villages) winner: Great Brickhill (runners-up: Chearsley, Hyde Heath)

DeFraine Cup (medium villages) winner: Seer Green (runner-up: Stewkley)

Pushman Cup (large villages) winner: Winslow (runners-up: Chalfont St Peter, Hazlemere

Michaelis Cup (small towns) winner: Stony Stratford (runner-up: Princes Risborough)

Tindall Cup (the 2012 winners are placed into this separate competition against one-another) winner: Cuddington (runner-up: Little Marlow)

Sword of Excellence (best overall winner): Stony Stratford

Dashwood Trophy (the best of the runner-ups): Weedon

The 2013 Savills Community Award will be presented to Seer Green for showing the most evidence of community effort in achieving best kept village status.

Competition chairman, Richard Pushman said: “The Best Kept Village Competition remains as popular as ever.

“Our judges were impressed with the standard of entries and highlighted that Buckinghamshire 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.”

The awards will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher on Saturday September 14 in the winning villages.

The competition organisers stress that the awards are for best kept villages and not neccessarily beautiful villages.

Care, cleanliness, maintenance and community effort were what the judges were looking for when they visited the villages in June.

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

The Beaconsfield and Amersham offices of international real estate adviser Savills also sponsored the competition’s Community Award again this year.