Stewkley best kept village

Best kept village competition

Stewkley wins the 2016 Best Kept Village Tindall Cup and is also awarded the Community Trophy.

The Tindall Cup is just for winners from the previous year, which in 2015 included, Stoke Goldington, Cuddington, Marlow and Haddenham. Stewkley had previously won Best Kept Village on four occasions and each time the following year had entered the Tindall Cup competition, never winning it.

In 2016, John Flewin offered to set up a working party of village volunteers, including Gill Morgan and Brian Bottomley from the Parish Council. John was the ideal person because he had reported all the results of previous competitions in The Stewkley Grapevine and was therefore able to plot where attention needed to be directed this time.

There has been an enormous amount of community collaboration in these efforts to strengthen our chances of winning the overall trophy. There have been communal efforts to improve those areas that the judges identified as relative weaknesses in our past scorecard.

Thanks go to all those groups, societies and individuals who have striven to make beneficial changes to our village environment.

Of course, the competition is just one element in galvanising the community into addressing some areas of improvement, but the real win for us all must surely be the continuing sense of ownership and spirit of keeping the village looking its best all the time.

The Judging took place in the last week of June and judges commented favourably on the war memorial, graveyard and cemetery, the playing fields and children’s play area, the wildflower meadow and surrounding conservation area, the Village hall and Methodist hall. The flowers at the village pump and bus shelters and the well maintained grass verges were also noted along with the general tidiness of the village.