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