Best Kept Village - 2016


All change with the BKV - Haughton is now in the Small Village category - a new challenge for 2016


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This year’s campaign brings exciting new challenges.  Rule changes relating to population means that Haughton is now classed as a Small Village.  Our run of five successive triumphs as Staffordshire’s Best Kept Large Village passes into history because it isn’t possible to attempt a sixth title!  We now face new opposition from many different villages, including, in the first round, previous and current county winners.  Of course our main aim is to show the village at its best, not just during the competition months, but at all times of the year, but healthy competition adds a bit of edge.  Follow the details of our progress as it happens by scrolling down the page.

Work never stops for BKV, so we don’t really need to dust off our litter pickers.  But a bit of sunshine, a burst of colour in the borders, a timely reminder of dates and competitions in a flyer to every household and the first of the monthly updates help set the mood and reminds up that it’s competition-time again.



March Newsletter

As ever, dog-fouling awareness is a high priority.  



Dog-fouling Awareness Poster

The Best Kept Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition will take place again this year.



Garden Competition Poster

It won’t be long before the judges arrive.  To help all visitors, including judges, Haughton has had a village map in at least two locations within the village for many years.  The latest version was produced in 2015.

But oh dear!  What’s happening at the Village Hall?

Don’t worry - it’s just a bit of resurfacing going on, and it should all be finished well in time for the first group litter pick on Thursday 14th April and for the visits of the Civic Amenity Van.



Tidy-up/Litter Pick Dates and Times



Civic Amenity Van Visits

The first group Tidy-up of the season was held on Thursday 14th April.  People of all ages took part in litter-picking, bin cleaning, planting, weeding and sweeping and the rain held off until shortly after the job was done.

Picture by M Lawrence

Champagne Moments - a rose has been planted in the WI plots on Royds Close Green to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The fabulous display of school posters is back.  151 works of art by the pupils of St Giles School can be viewed on the fence at the Village Hall.

Whatever the weather ... these volunteers braved heavy showers on the Tidy-up of Thursday 28th April.


Picture by P Lawrence

Winners of the children’s poster competition pose with their entries at St Giles School.


Picture by P Lawrence

The Community Council of Staffordshire is holding a painting/photography competition “The Spirit of Best Kept Village”.  For details and entry form


Community Council Competition



May Newsletter


The two winning posters

A special event, organised by the Parish Council, will be held to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday


Clean for the Queen Family Fun Day and Litter Pick/Tidy-Up



Haughton Parish



Sunday 12th June 2016


Clean For The Queen  Event Poster

It’s time for the bedding plants.  Look out for new schemes on Tractor Tyre Green.

This season, two Tidy-ups have been disrupted by inclement weather.  Thursday 26th May was cool, but dry enough for much edging, picking and sweeping to be undertaken by the willing volunteers.  

Have you spotted where this BKV publicity can be found?


June Newsletter

A special event, organised by the Parish Council and BKV was held on Sunday 12th June to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen.  This Family Fun Day began with a Clean for the Queen Tidy-up which took volunteers out into the surrounding lanes to find and pick up litter.  Fortunately, the rain stopped and participants were able to enjoy the fresh air and exercise as they completed the task, before returning, dry, to the village hall.  A bouncy castle and an entertainer captured the interest of the youngsters, and everyone was able to take an afternoon tea of cakes, shortbread, strawberries and cream and beverages.  

Sponsorship is always a very important part of our BKV campaign

This colourful flowerbed is near the entrance to the school

A presentation evening will be held on Monday 8th August at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when this year’s BKV campaign will be reviewed and the prizes for the Best Kept Garden Competition will be awarded.  


Awards Evening Poster

This year’s contribution by the 2nd Haughton Brownies can be seen near the church porch

The Village Hall tubs and baskets are a superb display of colour

Best Kept Village Competition Presentation of Awards


This year’s presentation of awards was held at Eccleshall Community Centre on Monday 1st August.  Fifty-five villages entered the competition.


Haughton was awarded


Joint Second


in Stafford Area in the Small Village category


Well done to everyone involved in this year’s campaign  


Congratulations to our neighbours Church Eaton, also awarded Joint Second, and to Hopton, who were not only the Best Kept Small Village in the area but also won the trophy as Best Kept Village in Stafford Area.

BKV Leader Peter Lawrence receives the certificate from sponsor Mr David Owen

Peter and Miriam Lawrence were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in ‘The Spirit of BKV’ competition


Best Kept Village Awards Evening


Our own Evening of Awards was held in Haughton Village Hall on Monday 8th August.  The well-attended event began with a review of this year’s campaign and was followed by the presentation of the Best Kept Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition Awards.


Garden Competition Results

Some of the team with this year’s awards

Congratulations and thanks to all the many people who took part in the




Best Kept Village Campaign