LEA VILLAGE was awarded 2nd place in the BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION – MEDIUM SIZE village section for 2015. We were awarded 73 points against Great Somerford’s 77 points and Dauntsey’s 74. The detailed report has been displayed on the notice board and reproduced in the PCC Newsletter.
Very many thanks to all those residents who co operated by tiding their frontages and gardens.
Wiltshire “Best Kept Village Competition” (BKVC)
This competition is run annually by the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE), Wiltshire Branch. The county is divided into areas based on the old District Council Areas. Villages are split within their areas into Large, Medium and Small. This classification is based on number of Residents and not the Electoral Roll. The winner of each class in anyone year together with the winners from the previous year are invited to enter the County Round from which the winner of the “Laurence Kitching Award” is selected. These winning villages are not permitted to enter the district rounds.
The district rounds are usually judged in May/June with the results being published in September with the Presentation of Awards in October. There are numerous Awards to be won provided by Wiltshire Council and several other well known local sponsors.
All aspect of the villages are included in the judging. The only exceptions are areas over which the village has no control, like burnt out cars and works being undertaken by the utility companies. Maps of the area to be judged are required to be included in the submission and should show details of any Conservation Area, all notable buildings, allotments together with points of significant interest. Routes of Public Footpaths are also to be included. All Residents are encourage to keep their frontages and garden tidy during the judging season. Lea has always entered, for a number of years and has achieved a high level of success.
Look at the front and inside the Village Hall for all the Plaques and Certificates which have been won by our Residents who have worked hard to achieve a very high standard over many years.