Best Kept Garden Competition 2017

On 9th November a presentation evening was held in the Football Club to celebrate the winners of this year’s Best Kept Garden Competition.

The evening was hosted by the Parish Council Clerk, Carolyn Cross, Chairman Allan Shaw & Vice-Chairman Ann Bishop. This year the prizes were presented to the winners by the Mayor & Mayoress of Chorley, Councillor Mark Perks and Pat Haughton.

The judging for the competition was kindly done again by
Mr. David Brown from The Chorley & District Gardening Society.

The successful residents who won garden centre vouchers this year were:

Small Gardens
3rd – Mr & Mrs Pilling, 66 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard.
2nd – Mrs S Jackson, 4 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard.
1st – Mr Ericson, 30 Neargates, Charnock Richard.

Medium Gardens
3rd – Mr & Mrs Dimsdale, 12 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard
2nd – Mr & Mrs Bennett, Hawthorne Cottage, Charnock Richard..
1st – Mr & Mrs Rostron, 3 The Foxwood, Charnock Richard

Large Gardens
3rd – Mr & Mrs Matthews, The Old Post Office Farm, Brook Lane, Charnock Richard
2nd – Mr & Mrs Lucas, Roscoe House Farm, Delph Lane, Charnock Richard
1st – Mr & Mrs Lundy, Bolton Green Cottage, Back Lane, Charnock Richard

In addition to the winners, other members of the community were recognised for their efforts on the evening such as our Parish Lengthsman, Mr. Gordon Yates & Mr. Norman Brown for his work of adding a lovely flash of colour to the railway bridge on Chorley Lane.

The evening concluded as an informal social evening with an excellent buffet provided by Ian Holland.

Best Kept Village Competition 2016

Presentation Evening 2016

The annual presentation evening was held for this year’s awards at Charnock Richard Football Club on November 10th. The evening recognises and celebrates the efforts that have been made throughout the year in the gardens and elsewhere, by the residents of this village, that help to make our village a little bit special.
The evening was hosted by the Parish Council Clerk, Mrs. Carolyn Cross, & myself. This year the prizes were presented to the winners by the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Mrs. Doreen Dickinson who was accompanied her daughter Mrs. Lesley Moulton.

The judging for the competition was kindly done again by
Mr. David Brown from The Chorley & District Gardening Society. A total of 53 gardens were judged which was an increase of 8 over last year. David did also complement the Parish Council on the three raised planted beds on the grass verge on Preston Road, opposite the junction of Town Lane, known affectionately by the Parish Council as Welch Whittle Gardens, where he feels that the style of planting is both sustainable and attractive to wildlife.

In addition to the winners, other members of the community were recognised for their efforts on the evening such as our Parish Lengthsman, Mr. Gordon Yates, Mr. Norman Brown for his work of adding a lovely flash of colour to the railway bridge on Chorley Lane and also Mr. Paul Carter and Mr. Ralph Heyes for their work of re-furbishing the Play School playground and Parish Room iron fences. Lastly, we recognised the work done by Mr. David Williams and Mr. Graham Jackson, ofunearthing and re-erecting the almost buried milestone found in the grass verge on the bend on Chorley Lane.

Whilst the Best Kept Garden judging takes place as does the judging for the Lancashire Best Kept Village competition. Unfortunately, this year we did not come away with any prizes, however our intention, with the support of our residents, as a community is to improve on our performance next year in this highly prestigious Lancashire competition by getting more residents to brighten up their gardens, pick up litter if seen & report any issues such as full litter bins & overgrown hedges/grass verges.

The evening concluded as an informal social evening with an excellent buffet provided by Ian Holland.

Mel Almond
Chairman
Charnock Richard Parish Council

The Winners

Small Gardens
1st Prize – £50 Garden Centre Vouchers, Certificate & Cup
Winner: Mr Ericson, 30 Neargates, Charnock Richard

2nd Prize – £40 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mrs S Jackson, 4 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard

3rd Prize – £30 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner:Ms Julie Hindley & Mr Peter Wildgoose, 24 Cherry Tree Close, Charnock Richard

Medium Gardens
1st Prize – £50 Garden Centre Vouchers, Certificate & Glass Plaque
Winner: Mr & Mrs Rostron, 3 The Foxwood, Charnock Richard

2nd Prize – £40 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mr & Mrs Nickeas, Glen Mar, Preston Road, Charnock Richard

3rd Prize – £30 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mr & Mrs Bennett, Hawthorne Cottage, Back Lane, Charnock Richard

Large Gardens
1st Prize – £50 Garden Centre Vouchers, Certificate & Rose Bowl
Winner: Mr & Mrs Lundy, Bolton Green Cottage, Back Lane, Charnock Richard

2nd Prize – £40 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mr & Mrs Matthews, The Old Post Office Farm, Brook Lane, Charnock Richard

3rd Prize – £30 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mrs Pate, Wenderholm, Preston Road, Charnock Richard

Community Involvement Acknowledgements

These are gifts given to members of the community who have made personal efforts in improving the appearance of the village.

Mr Gordon Yates
Gordon is the Lengthsman of Charnock Richard & works hard throughout the year planting flowers, cutting grass verges & making sure the village is tidy & free from litter.
Gift: Bottle of wine

Mr & Mrs Brown
Mr & Mrs Brown continue to improve the village by tidying and planting beautiful flowers by the grass verge at the railway bridge on Chorley Lane.
Gift: Bottle of wine

Mr Paul Carter & Mr Ralph Heyes
Mr Paul Carter & Mr Ralph Heyes have done a lot of work in the Parish including:
– Refurbishing the Play School playground
– Painting the railings at the Old School on Charter Lane
– Donating daffodil bulbs for planting throughout the Parish
Gift: Bottle of wine each

Mr David Williams & Mr Graham Jackson
Mr David Williams & Mr Graham Jackson undertook the ardous task of unearthing the buried milestone on the S-bend on Chorley Lane.
Gift: Bottle of wine each

Flowers were also given to the Mayor of Chorley & her daughter for presenting the prizes & a bottle of wine was given to Mr. David Brown for judging the competition this year.

A Green Flag for Yarrow Valley

Green flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley County Park, Withnell Local Nature reserve, and Tatton and Coronation recreations grounds once again met the tough standards put in place by Green Flag Awards, an organisation that inspects parks and open spaces across the country.

Green Flag Awards 2016 compressedCouncillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that our parks and recreation grounds have once again won the recognition they deserve. I’d like to thank all the community groups and volunteers and of course our own staff for their hard work and dedication which has resulted in achieving the extremely high standards needed to win Green Flag awards. It is by working together that we ensure our parks and recreation grounds are places people can enjoy and can be proud of.”

It is the 11th consecutive year that Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag Award. Withnell and Tatton have now won it for eight consecutive years, Astley Park for the fifth year and Coronation Rec for the second.

The Green Flag Awards, now in their 20th year, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.