Energy and commitment leads to prizes in best kept village contest

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The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the entrants in CPRE Northern Lincolnshire’s Best Kept Village competition this year.

And scooping prizes in this prestigious contest were both towns of Epworth and Crowle.

BK organiser Jenny Haynes said: “If community pride is judged by results then the residents of the small towns and villages of northern Lincolnshire are well and truly proud of where they live and haven’t let the weather deter them.”

Epworth achieved second place in the small town category, narrowly beating Crowle and Ealand in third spot. And Crowle was also runner up in the best kept war memorial section.

The full results are: Small Village Group - 1st Howsham, 2nd Redbourne, 3rd Elsham; Large Village Group - 1st Scawby, 2nd Barrow upon Humber, 3rd Wrawby; Small Town - 1st Immingham, 2nd Epworth, 3rd Crowle and Ealand; Best New Entry - Ashby cum Fenby; Most Original Planting - New Holland; Best Kept Playground - Howsham; Best Kept Cemetery - Waltham; Best Community Planting - Small Village: Redbourne, Large Village: Scawby, Small Town: Immingham; Best Kept War Memorial - Winner: Immingham, Runner up: Crowle (sponsored by Pooley’s Tearooms).

Jenny continued: “Judges praised local residents for the care and attention they have lavished on their communities. It’s a great credit to the energy and commitment of local residents that they have enhanced where they live to such a high standard. With rain in June and drought in July, it can’t have been easy to keep displays looking good but the time and effort spent by volunteers shows. It hasn’t been easy for the judges to choose winners. Each year the standard gets higher as more innovative and imaginative measures are used. We are extremely please at the efforts put in by local communities and praise them all.”