The competition, organised by the Community Council, has a long tradition in Staffordshire, having run continuously for 60 years.


Each year between 50 and 60 villages participate and some 70 volunteers are involved in judging the villages. The competition is divided into 5 areas with the winning village in each area receiving an trophy and a cheque for £200.  Also, two overall county winners receive an engraved shield.


The aim is to encourage community spirit within a village by bringing together the whole community with the common goal of becoming the “Best Kept Village” in Staffordshire.  It is an opportunity to for people of all ages and from all walks of life to work together to bring about improvements in their village.  It is seen by many as a way of promoting social cohesion and increasing community involvement by focusing people on making a difference.  Above all, the competition is not about “pretty, pretty” villages but more about building communities.


Sponsored by: Community Council of Staffordshire, Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd, Lafarge Cement, The Leavesley Group (on behalf of The National Memorial Arboretum), South Staffordshire Housing Association, South Staffordshire Council and Staffordshire County Council.


There are also a number of complementary competitions running alongside the main competition including; children’s poster, and poetry competitions and a “Spirit of Best Kept Village” painting and photography competition for adults.


These are sponsored by Lafarge Cement and K G L Estates Ltd, Jan Altham, David and Jim Owen of Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd.


If you would like further information about the competition or would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact: Liz Sanderson on 01785242525 Ext 201 or email: liz@staffs.org.uk


Best Kept Village Competition