Chipping narrowly beaten in best-kept village contest

Pictured from Warton Crag - Chipping is runner-up in the champion section of  Lancashie best Kept Village competition 2015.
Pictured from Warton Crag - Chipping is runner-up in the champion section of Lancashie best Kept Village competition 2015.

Chipping village has once again notched up success in the annual Lancashire Best Kept Village competition by gaining the runner-up prize in the champion section.

Although pipped to the post by champion village Blacko, Chipping celebrates after winning a number of the competitions over the years.

It’s all down to the people who keep the village tidy, look after their gardens, pick up litter and fill everywhere with flowers

Chairman of Chipping Parish Coun. Paul Hunt

“It’s a wonderful result,“ said chairman of Chipping Parish Council Paul Hunt. “Specially gaining success in the championship class and in a number of other sections as well.

“It’s all down to the people who keep the village tidy, look after their gardens, pick up litter and fill everywhere with flowers as we also think of our Chipping in Bloom entry again this year, and now await the results in October.”

The village’s environmentally friendly public toilets gained a highly commended to Whalley Bus Station’s first, a Highly Commended for its playing fields, St Bartholome’s Church and public hall, while hotel and guesthouse winner was the Gibbon Bridge Hotel.

The contest had 71 entries this year, against 2014’s 73, with entry standards broadly the same, although some villages were poor, said organisers. In the overall results for the contest – supported by Lancashire Association of Local Councils, The Villa Wrea Green, Lancashire Life and Ribble Valley Borough Council – Ribchester has scored as the most improved medium village, was fourth in the top eight medium villages, its SS Peter and Paul Church won a certificate of merit, and it won the Children’s Play Area section with runner up Grimsargh St Michael’s CE School

Grimsargh also came sixth in the top eight large villages hamlet section, Haighton and Knowle Green came seventh and eighth. Goosnargh came fourth in the top eight small villages and the village’s Bushell House was the winner of the residential/nursing home section. For pub/inn/restaurant the Grapes Inn was highly commended, industrial/commercial category, Barton Grange Garden Centre gained HC and bowling clubs Hurst Green and Whitechapel were winner and Highly Commended respectively.