Best Kept Village - 2013


Three successive victories - all about the award-winning 2013 Best Kept Village  campaign as it happened ...



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BKV 2013 Launch Meeting


The 2013 Best Kept Village Competition Campaign was launched at a well-attended meeting in the Village Hall on Friday 8th March.



Launch Poster

Work for the Best Kept Village never stops ... Even in the winter, even at Christmas, there is work to be done.  The call for a December Tidy-up was prompted by the desire to see the village spick and span for the 2012 switch-on of Haughton’s famous Christmas Lights.

Wrapped for the weather in high-visibility vest and Santa hat

There’s a piece of litter hidden amongst the frosty leaves

A great way to keep warm and fit on a freezing cold day

Willing volunteers begin to gather at the Village Hall in readiness for the 2013 BKV Launch Meeting

The Best Kept Garden Competition

will be held in 2013  

It is organised and sponsored by


Haughton and District Garden Guild



Garden Competition Poster

Group Tidy-ups


Formerly known as Litter-picks and Pick-me-ups, these popular group sessions have been re-branded for 2013 as Tidy-ups to reflect that it isn’t just discarded crisp packets, cans and cigarette ends that need our attention, but accumulations of leaves, dust and twigs blown from trees.  Although many people have their own favourite area to look after (and please continue to do so!), it’s good to get together to chat and work with others and to seek out and clean up those harder to reach spots ...


If you’ve never been on a tidy-up, why not give it try?  There is no requirement to come on all or even on the first.  Just pop along to the Village Hall car park at 6.30pm on one of the scheduled dates, where you can find a litter-picking tool, a bag, a tabard and a companion and spend a happy hour making the village look its best again.

Scheduled dates


Wednesday 10th April

Monday 29th April

Wednesday 8th May

Thursday 16th May

Thursday 30th May

Thursday 6th June

Thursday 27th June

Thursday 4th July

Friday 12th July

Wednesday 17th July



Tidy-ups Poster


The latest addition to the tidying-up cause is this recycling bin which can be found on the car park at the Jim Jarvis Memorial Playing Field.  It has a space at one end for general litter, a space at the opposite end for cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles and even a slot in the middle for cigarette ends.  Keeping the village tidy and recycling at the same time.  What could be better?

March Newsletter

In spite of spring being very late, tidying-up still took place.  Even before the first scheduled group session, dedicated BKV regulars were hard at work ...

Before ...

... and after.

Photo by Shaun Jones

And what a difference clearing under the hedge makes!

The first group Tidy-up of the season was held on Monday 10th April, a dull, but at least dry, day.  Everyone went off with their bags, broom, pickers, dust-pans, etc and got to work.  By the end of the hour-long session improvements were obvious.  The village was a litter-free zone, the area around the shops had been weeded and swept and the cemetery beech hedge had been cleared of undergrowth.   It may have been cold, with fading light, but all the volunteers went home warmed by the glow of a job well done ...

A second recycling bin appeared in April, situated between the butcher’s shop and the village notice-board.

After what seemed to be an endless winter, the March flowers bloomed in late April.  And weren’t they worth waiting for?

The second Tidy-up took place on Monday 29th April.  It was very well-attended, in spite of a typical April shower which delayed the start by a few minutes.  The teams were well-scattered around the village, making sure that every area was looking its best.

The wonderful display of children’s posters was put on its new site at the Village Hall at the end of April.  As always, the pupils of Haughton St Giles Primary School produced a set of thought-provoking, attractive and colourful posters. This year, the themes for each age group related to all things environmental, including composting, locally-produced food and recycling.  

The 2013 winning posters

Some of the pupils from the school also replanted the special flowerbed, which was created in 2011, with fresh and colourful pansies.

The weather was finally dry enough for the cemetery gates to be given a fresh coat of paint.  This is just one of the many maintenance jobs, such as the painting of benches, fences, gates and tubs undertaken by volunteers.

The finished gates

The churchyard gates were also repainted.

Tidying-up involves much more than litter-picking, as this picture of a commemorative rose bush being pruned during the group event on Wednesday 8th May shows.

The fourth scheduled Tidy-up took place on Thursday 16th May, in fine spring weather.

The fifth Tidy-up, held on Thursday 30th May, marked the half-way point in the Tidy-up schedule.  Some of the evening’s volunteers are shown picking, sweeping and binning, as well as coping with the windy weather.   

The children of St Giles Church Sunday School produced these beautifully painted pots and stones and then filled the pots with fresh new bedding plants at their May meeting.  They make a stunning and welcoming display by the church porch.

The railings around the graves and memorials to the Royds at the rear of the East end of the church have been repainted in the same black and gold as the churchyard gates.  (Compare this with the picture on the church page.)

Thursday 6th June was a beautiful day. Those who joined the fifth scheduled Tidy-up found an abundance of cigarette ends thrown from open car windows on either side of the main road!  This picture shows some of the team pausing outside the school in Rectory Lane.

Maintaining the flower beds on Newport Road is a huge job.  It takes many days of hard work to clear one season’s plants, replenish the soil and put in the new season’s plants.  This year the spring flowers bloomed late, and just when the beds were being changed from spring to summer planting, the weather went dry, then wet and cold.  Thanks to the work of Bert Moore the bedding plants were in their plots by mid-June.  Now all that is needed is some seasonal sunshine and warmth to help them grow and flower.  

The Tidy-up of Thursday 27th June was shortened by inclement weather.  The shop area was tidied and the main road scoured for litter.  In addition, the bins were given a good dose of disinfectant, as shown here, under the shelter of the trees.

The weather was much better for our eighth Tidy-up, held on Thursday 4th July.  Many people came and there was much to do, including sweeping up dust and debris from around the shops.

On the same beautiful evening, three tyre planters, already embedded in their new situations and containing fresh plants, were being undercoated.

The finished tyres are shown here in the dappled light of a bright July day.

General litter picking, sweeping up around the shops and a thorough tidying of the churchyard took place on the hot evening of Friday 12th July.

The final scheduled Tidy-up of the season took place on Wednesday 17th July, the hottest day of the year so far.  Even so, a good deal of picking, weeding, brushing, cleaning and sweeping took place!

The Awards Evening for news of this year’s result and the presentation of the Best Kept Garden Competition will be held in

Haughton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 9th August.


Awards Evening Poster

The Community Council of Staffordshire

Best Kept Village Awards Ceremony 2013


This year’s event was held at Weston Village Hall on Monday 5th August.  Haughton once again swept the board by winning all three awards, Best Kept Large Village in Stafford District, Best Kept Village (Large or Small) in Stafford District and Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire.  This is the third successive year in which Haughton has won the three top titles.  (In 2012 Best Kept Village in Stafford District was shared with Derrington.)  This result is immensely pleasing for all concerned, a reward for the many individuals and groups who joined together to ensure that Haughton looked its best.  The success reflects everything that BKV stands for;  caring for the environment, community spirit and a sense of pride.  So many people have looked after their front gardens, road edges, streets and areas, cleaned up after the dog and picked up litter and debris that when the judges visited they gave high marks.  Communal areas, flowerbeds, planters, churchyard, playing field, Village Hall, the pubs and shops were pristine.  Thanks are due to everyone who lives here.  You have all taken part and these are your awards.


Best Kept Large Village in Stafford District




Best Kept Village (Large or Small) in Stafford District




Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire



Pictured here with this year’s collection of awards are Bert Moore and Councillor Derek Warbrick.  The award for winning Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire is the County Shield, which will be displayed in the Village Hall until next year and a tree (this year a maple) donated by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.  The award for winning Best Kept Village in Stafford District is the large trophy pole, which will stay in place on the green opposite the Old Post Office and a prize of £200.

Some of the winning team pictured at the Village Hall on the morning of Wednesday 7th August.

Bert Moore, holding the County shield, which bears the name Haughton three times consecutively.

The Best Kept Garden Competition


was judged in July and the results were announced at the Awards Evening.  


Garden Competition Results

The Best Kept Village Awards Evening


was held on Friday 9th August



BKV Awards Evening

As winners of Best Kept Village in Stafford Borough we have retained the Trophy Pole.  


The presentation ceremony took place by the pole at 11.30am on Friday 20th September


Trophy Event Poster


Trophy Event

Best Large Village in Staffordshire 2013


This page is dedicated to the memory of Maxine Hutt,

our BKV and Heart of England in Bloom Co-ordinator

in the award-winning 2012 campaigns


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