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Community Pride Awards 2012Thu, 1st October 2020

Community Pride Awards 2012


Here are further details of our awards this year.  We won a Little Gem award for the Iron Gate, came first in our Village category of 401 – 600 and won the overall Championship  Award for the Best Kept Village/Market Town in Cheshire.  We scored points on

Bus Shelter, Car Park and Noticeboards,  including the Chapel notice board, which were clean and free from litter and up to date.

Public Houses, Commercial Premises, Village Hall.  (The Red Lion, closed for refurbishment, was disregarded).  The Elms was well presented with floral tubs, window boxes and beds.  The Caravan Park was excellently presented.    


All business premises were most attractively presented.  The Village Hall had clearly improved during  visits.  Re-fixing the noticeboard and tidying the car park greatly improved the appearance of the Village Hall.  The IROS pavilion and surrounding area were kept in good order and were clearly a great asset.                                                                           

Artefacts, Religious Premises and Parks.   The sundial at Clover Drive was an unusual, well presented feature.   The Methodist Chapel was very well cared for.  The green areas at the top of Clover Drive,  Wellfield Close and the extensive verge areas along Park Lane were all exceptionally well cared for.  The equipment in the playground area was clearly well used (2 swings were missing at the time and broken bin now replaced).  The large grassed area was well kept. 

Tidiness of Verges, hedges, floral displays, ponds.  Verges and hedges in the village were extremely well maintained and tidy.

  The extensive mere-side area showed a good balance of mown and natural grassland.  Paths, benches and information boards were well maintained.   


Litterbins, graffiti, chewing gum, dog fouling, weeds.  Litterbins generally well placed and in good order.  No graffiti or chewing gum seen.    Dog fouling  generally absent except a little near car park.  Only a little litter seen.  Public areas largely weed free.

In particular we give a big thank you to Max Carr who voluntarily does a daily litter pick.  Our thanks also go to employees of Peaks and Plains Housing Trust and of Cheshire East Council, to Richard and David Platt and Paul Pearson,  and to Steve Wilkinson who all keep our verges cut.  Let us also not forget to thank  Joe Robinson, Peter Jackson, George Enion, Chris Tarrant, Rosemary Fogerty  and many, many  other residents who work quietly and unnoticed to keep our village clean and tidy.

We can do it again next year.  We can enter new sections – there is a Young Persons Good Citizen Award, Best Website, Best Newsletter and Photographic Awards.   Already the Red Lion has been refurbished and the work at the Play Area, the safe route to school and the Village Hall is still continuing with further improvements.   We lost a few points through lack of floral displays in public areas, some encroachment of grass around the cycle stands  and a bench, some dog fouling and a small amount of litter, so hopefully  we can improve here also.