Richmond Rotary Club to hold Best Kept Village competition

Rotary past president Chris Kirby presenting a cheque to the 2019 winners Moulton.

Richmond Rotary Club has announced its Best Kept Village competition will take place this year after being cancelled in 2020.

The contest will take place in July with parish councils having already receiving letters inviting them to take part.

Rotary club member David Stewart is organising this year’s event and he explained the way that the contest works.

“We send judges to all the participating villages during the same two weeks in July and they are scored on over 15 criteria ranging from public spaces and private gardens to the condition of bus shelters, shops, guest houses and inns.

“Villages without some features are not penalised.

“After the first scoring a second visit is organised to the front runners to be sure that the scores are fair.”

In 2019, 17 villages took part and the overall standard was judged to be the highest ever.

Moulton was the winning village.

Current club president Warnock Kerr said: “Richmond Rotary Club is very pleased about the contribution that The Best Kept Village contest has made to our local environment over many years.

“There is every reason to be proud of the area where we live and our beautiful villages well deserve the recognition that Rotary gives them through this annual competition.”