Winners of Bucks Best Kept Village competition announced

View - Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village sign
View - Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village sign

Three villages across the Vale are celebrating after winning awards as part of the Bucks Best Kept Village competition.

Haddenham won the Pushman Cup, a category for large villages with a population of more than 3000 people.

Meanwhile, Cuddington won the Morris Cup, for villages with a population of between 500 and 1500 people, while Stewkley won the Defraine Cup, for villages with a population of between 1500 and 3000.

Cuddington also won the community award, which was sponsored by Savills estate agents.

The other villages that won trophies were:

> Stoke Goldington (Gurney Cup)

> Marlow (Michaelis Cup)

> Chalfont St Peter (Tindall Cup)

> Marlow (Sword of Excellence)

> Amersham Old Town (Dashwood Trophy).

Competition chairman Richard Pushman said: “There was a record number of entries this year.

“Standards were high in all the competing villages and I congratulate all our winners and runners-up.

“The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter.

“Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise.

“Cuddington is a worthy winner of the Community Award.

“In particular, The Cuddington Picture House, run by volunteers, is an ambitious community project which has been a great success.

“Oving too deserves congratulations.

“Although not a Best Kept Village winner, Oving’s new village hall has been a tremendous achievement for the village.”

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.