Cauldon Lowe wins the award for best kept small village in the Moorlands

CAULDON Lowe has won the award for best kept small village in the Staffordshire Moorlands .

It is one of the categories in the countywide competition promoted annually by the Community Council of Staffordshire

Four villages from the district entered this year with Cauldon up against Alton, Brown Edge and runners-up Kingsley Holt

Sue Bradshaw, chairman of Cauldon Lowe and Cotton Community Group, who accepted the award from sponsors Lafarge Cement, represented by Martin Bains and Michelle Simpson, said the triumph was a victory for the whole village.

All villages were judged twice, in May and June, and were assessed on ‘tidiness, appropriateness, and typicality’.

John Perry, chairman of the Best Kept Village Working Group, organised the competition, now in its 60th year, on behalf of the Community Council of Staffordshire.

Mr Perry said: “We had 46 entries this year, which is a bit lower than in recent years, but the standards achieved across the board by those who entered were very commendable indeed.

“The BKV organising groups in many villages had clearly made residents aware of the villages’ participation in BKV and mobilised groups, organisations and individuals to tackle the requirements.

“Very many residents throughout the villages in BKV were certainly aware of the competitions and had done their bit to ensure that their village was looking its best between May and July.”

Each year normally between 50 and 60 villages across Staffordshire participate and some 70 volunteers are involved with the judging.

The aim is to encourage community spirit within the village by bringing together the whole community with the common goal of becoming the Best Kept Village in Staffordshire.

This year’s overall winner for large villages was Gnosall, while Acton Trussell won the small village category. 

Pictured: Martin Baines and Michelle Simpson, representing sponsors Lafarge Cement, present the best kept village award to Sue Bradshaw, chairman of Cauldon Lowe and Cotton Community Group.