Although we didn't quite make it this time, we can all be proud that our village made it to second place in the overall "Winners of Winners" section of Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition. This section of the competition was based on the previous winners from 2017 and 2018. So congratulations to Charlton and we hope their villagers visit us sometime to see how we can compete well with them on their winning attributes. However, the judges' comments can be viewed as high praise indeed, so we can still pat ourselves on the back for our endeavours:
"This is a lovely village, well away from major roads and enjoying a charming location beside the river Kennet. There are several attractive buildings and it all has a very pleasing appearance
We admired the beautiful church and a very well kept churchyard and parking area.
The childrens playground is brilliant and must be the envy of villages around Wiltshire. We also admired the cricket pitch and sports field and appreciate the effort that goes into keeping them to such a high standard.
The village hall seemed good and well kept though perhaps the exterior could do with some more upkeep
The pub looked excellent and had delightful garden
We noted a commendable absence of litter and a most adequate provision of waste bins to ensure the village is kept tidy.
There are evidently many activities taking place in the village displayed on the good website but perhaps more could be displayed on the notice boards for the benefit of villagers who are not internet savvy ( maybe everyone in the village is)
The offices beside the village hall did not appear to be in full use but were tidy and unobtrusive.
This is a most delightful village and we admired it greatly. If we did not give full marks it was only because the standard set by all the villages was so high."
SPONSORED BY PRINCETON HOMES
Competed for by the winners of the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small villages in 2017 and 2018:
1st Charlton (near Malmesbury)
3rd = Biddestone and Hullavington
The judges’ overall impression of Charlton was of “a delightful village and we were so impressed with it that it was hard to find much to criticise”. They added: “Altogether an excellent well managed community that has clearly taken trouble and pride in making the village a beautiful and vibrant place”. Some of the areas particularly mentioned included: the village hall, the cricket and football field, the children’s playground, the pub, notice boards, and the lack of litter.