‘Best kept’ judging starts

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AN annual competition to find Lancashire’s Best Kept Villages is under way.

The Annual Spring Conference, held in Longridge and attended by 90 preliminary judges, marked the start of this year’s competition. As always, the afternoon included a practice judging of Longridge in preparation for the two visits by each team of two judges to the 93 villages which have entered.

Preliminary judging started this week, with the finals judging by Lord Hoyle of Warrington, the former MP for Nelson and Colne, in August. The 2012 Awards Ceremony will be at the Villa, Wrea Green, on the afternoon of Monday, October 15th.

The competition remains very popular, and the awarding of an engraved plaque to the class winners – for Champion, Large, Medium and Small Villages and Hamlet – is the ultimate goal. In addition, there are a number of Certificate of Merit classes for such as the best church, school, playing fields, farm, notice board and public toilets.