Come along and find out all about this year’s campaign
What’s new this year?
Thousands of purple crocuses have been planted in the verge between the Bell Inn
and the church, and on the green opposite the Old Post Office, in aid of the Purple
for Polio Campaign. The crocuses appeared for the first time in March 2018, following
their planting in the autumn of 2017. The crocuses will not be in flower during
the BKV judging period, but these images show some of their beauty in the spring
period and will help readers of the notice in other seasons to visualise the effect.
Our war memorial has recently been awarded Grade II status
The telephone box has been purchased for the village by the Parish Council. Uses
for it are being considered and work on improving its looks will get underway as
soon as the internal workings are removed.
This litter bin has been re-sited to allow better access to the Haughton Parish Map
The Launch Meeting for the 2018 BKV season was held at Haughton Village Hall on Thursday
29th March. Several people braved the cold and wet to attend the meeting. Derek
Warbrick introduced some of the members of the Working Group, which has been set
up this year to meet regularly, to share the workload, and to bring in new ideas.
This year’s campaign will include the familiar regular Tidy-ups and the Best Kept
Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition. A question and answer session was followed
by some seasonal refreshments and the opportunity for new and seasoned BKV enthusiasts
to mix together and discuss the coming season.
People beginning to gather at the Village Hall before the meeting
Derek Warbrick, with some of the members of the Working Group
The first Tidy-up of the season was held at 6.30pm on Thursday 5th April. Thirty
people met at the Village Hall to be equipped with everything necessary for the evening’s
tasks. Although it was chilly, the work soon warmed young and old. Litter and windfall
twigs were picked up, paths were edged, new plants put in, areas swept and beds and
containers weeded. A lot of satisfaction was gained from the work done, but it is
always on-going, and there will be plenty still to do at the next Tidy-up, due on
Thursday 19th April, when, as always, everyone is welcome to come and lend a hand.
The judges won’t be here for another three weeks, so they won’t see the daffodils
on the green opposite the telephone box, or the colourful flowers of the winter planting
in the tractor tyres, but this shows that the village tries to look its best in all
It was rather a wet morning when the Civic Amenity Van came to the Village Hall on
Saturday 7th April for the disposal of bulk refuse.
The van will be in the village again on Saturday 8th September from 9.00-10.00am.
The colourful tubs are back again on the Trophy Pole Green
Where did spring go? It was a bit nippy for our third Tidy-up on April 26th
This couple are going to be very busy
One does the sweeping ... and the other the picking up
This team is improving the walkway to the church
The WI flower beds on Royds Close Green are getting some attention
Is that a cigarette end in the grass?
Hey hoe ... but all this work does make a difference
These two benches in the churchyard have had a fresh coat of paint
The pupils of Haughton St Giles Primary Academy have once more entered the BKV Children’s
Poster Competition with enthusiasm. 101 posters have been produced, highlighting
the children’s interest in all things environmental, from considering nature to reducing
litter and encouraging recycling. All the posters can be seen on the fence at the
Village Hall, but copies can be found in other places around the village. Congratulations
to the children for this wonderful effort, and many thanks to the management committee
of Haughton Village Hall for hosting and displaying the poster exhibition.
All gardens and hanging baskets within the 30 mph limit will receive free and automatic
entry into the competition.
Independent judges will view the gardens from public areas such as paths and roads
The judges’ decision will be final
Small gardens will comprise an area of less than approximately 900 sq ft (i.e. 30’
Prizes will be awarded for
Best Kept Large Garden
Best Kept Small Garden
Best Hanging Basket(s)
Highly Commended Gardens (3)
Highly Commended Hanging Baskets (2)
Winners will be announced at an Awards Evening in August
The development at Redfern Rise has been completed with a new road surface
This neat bed is on the corner of Newport Road and Meadow Drive
Our new updated gateway and feature signs are now in place
And now we’re all ready for the first of May ...
Work has continued to try to keep our village looking its best. Some years it rains,
and some years it’s as dry as a bone. . . What’s been happening? - Grass-cutting,
edging, removing weeds, several Tidy-ups, a first visit from the judges, the summer
planting and the watering, and the watering and the watering until the plants are
established. Full bloom is just around the corner, and with the roses it’s already
here. Perhaps when the judges pay their next visit they will be welcomed by a show
of colour from these lovely plants.
The wildlife area at the playing field copse is looking very good this year.
The exceptionally sunny and dry June has brought all the lovely flowers, but also
the problem of watering to keep them alive and healthy. As well as displays in the
tractor tyres and in the roadside flower beds there are also some cheerful boxes
in the churchyard, filled by the Sunday School and the Brownies, and beautiful tubs
and baskets at the Village Hall and the newly-reopened Bell Inn.
New habitats are being created in the ecology area in the churchyard - new residents
are being sought. Tidy-up work has taken place in the more formal part of the churchyard,
Our Tidy-ups take place in the early evening when the weather has been a little more
Haughton’s Best Kept Village Awards Evening, which includes the presentation of prizes
in the Best Kept Gardens and Hanging Baskets Competition, will be held on Wednesday
8th August at Haughton Village Hall, beginning at 8.00pm.
Best Kept Village Competition Presentation of Awards
This year’s presentation of awards was held at Gnosall Memorial Hall on Monday 6th
August. Forty villages entered the competition.
Haughton was awarded
in Stafford Area in the Small Village category
One of the pupils of Haughton St Giles Academy was awarded Second Place in the Children’s
Poetry Competition (Age 5-7 Category)
Congratulations to our young poet
Well done to everyone involved in this year’s campaign
Congratulations to Tittensor, who were not only the Best Kept Small Village in the
area, but also won the trophy as Best Kept Village (large or small) in Stafford Area,
and were declared the Best Kept Small Village in Staffordshire.