Villages compete to be the best in the county

JUDGING for the first round of the Lincolnshire Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition is taking place this month.

Organised by Teresa Palmer of Community Lincs, the annual competition, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, is one of the most successful events of its kind in the country, with Lincolnshire receiving more entries than any other county.

This year, 123 communities from across the county are competing in five classes.

To succeed, villages need to maintain high standards in areas such as green spaces, community buildings and good environmental practice.

Local entrants in Class 1 this year include Fulbeck, Kirkby la Thorpe, Osbournby, Silk Willoughby and Swaton, and in Class 2 Potterhanworth and Ropsley.

Local villages competing in Class 3 are Heckington, Metheringham and Ruskington, while Coleby and South Kyme are both in the Past Winners’ section.

Since the competition began half a century ago, some villages have enjoyed considerable success.

Among the most successful is Timberland, which has won its category no fewer than seven times.

The village had a series of triumphs in the early years, winning twice in the ’60s and three times in the ’70s followed by further successes in 1987 and lastly in 1990.

Ropsley has won the Class 2 title six times in total, with four successes in 25 years from 1981-2006.

Scopwick too has won the Class 2 section several times.

The villages that will progress to the next round after the first round of judging has been completed are expected to be named shortly.