THE first round of judging in the Lincolnshire Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition has now been completed.
In the event’s 50th anniversary year, two Sleaford area villages have won places in the second round of their respective categories - Silk Willoughby in Class 1, for populations of 100 - 500, and Metheringham in Class 3 (2,001-7,001). They will now go through to the second round of judging, which takes place this month, to try and secure a place in September’s final round.
There are five categories altogether - Class 1, Class 2 (Population 501 - 2000), Class 3, Class 4 Small Market Towns (Up to a population of 7,000) and a Past Winners’ class.
The second round judging for Classes 1, 2 and 3 started last week, together with the first round of the Market Towns Class. The final rounds and Past Winners’ Class are judged in September.
There are two Sleaford area villages in the Past Winners’ section - Coleby and South Kyme.
The competition is organised by Teresa Palmer of Community Lincs and is run in partnership with the Lincolnshire Branch of CPRE. It is sponsored by district councils throughout the county, Lincolnshire County Council and Pennells Garden Centres.
Teresa said: “This year’s second round results will be exciting to watch, with some of the Class 1 entrants never having won before. In Class 2 there are also new entrants that have come through for the first time.”
She also commented that Class 3 too had produced some surprising newcomers, with seven of the ten entrants through to the second round never having won previously