Castlethorpe is champion runner-up in Best Kept Village awards

Castlethorpe has been awarded runner-up in its class in the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Best Kept Village competition, losing out to Cuddington in the villages with populations of between 500 and 1,500. But we were named Best Runner-Up in all the classes and won the Dashwood Trophy. Cuddington was awarded the Sword of Excellence as the best overall winner.

Many thanks goes to Geraldine Sweetland for all her hard work making it all happen and also the small number of volunteers who got the village looking so good. So let’s keep our village looking spick and span and everyone please pick up any bits of rubbish you see in the street, especially in front of your homes.

The full results are:

Oving, winner of the Gurney Cup (villages with a population of 500 and under);
Cuddington, winner of the Morris Cup (villages with a population of 500 – 1,500); Castlethorpe runner-up
Stewkley, winner of the DeFraine Cup (villages with a population 1,501 – 3,000); Seer Green, runner-up
Chalfont St Peter, winner of the Pushman Cup (villages with a population over 3,000); Haddenham runner-up
Winslow, winner of the Michaelis Cup (small towns); Marlow runner-up
Hanslope, winner of the Tindall Cup (2016 cup winners); Weedon runner-up

Cuddington won the Sword of Excellence as the best overall winner.
The Dashwood Trophy for the best runner-up goes to Castlethorpe.
Oving’s success is capped by being awarded the Community Trophy.

Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, comments: “Our popular Best Kept Village Competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages. It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment. The Best Kept Village competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained. The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.”