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Gold for Rushall, silver for Great Bedwyn in Best Kept Village Competition

Great BedwynGreat BedwynRushall, near Pewsey, has been named Wiltshire’s best kept small village, while Great Bedwyn was pipped to the post in the race to be crowned the county’s best kept large village.

Rushall beat Upper & Lower Seagry, Bishopstrow, and Ansty to be named best small village in The Hills Group CPRE Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition 2016.

Great Bedwyn tied with Bratton to take joint second place in the large village category. The Winterbournes came out top, with Brinkworth in fourth place.

In the medium village category, All Cannings was crowned the winner, with Biddestone, Edington and Dinton runners up.

There was also success for Aldbourne in the Laurence Kitching Award, sponsored by NFU Mutual and open to the winning six villages from 2014 and 2015, which were not allowed to compete in the 2016 competition.

Aldbourne beat Stapleford, Wilcot and Blunsdon to the title.

Meanwhile, Milton Lilbourne won the Best Newcomers Award.

Rushall will be presented with an eight foot standard with mounted shield for a year emplaced on their village green.

CPRE Wiltshire’s President, the Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire, Sarah Troughton, will unveil the plaque on Sunday, September 25.

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