New Style Best Kept Village Competition Announced and Headline Sponsor

The Staffordshire Best Kept Village competition has announced major changes for the new decade plus a headline sponsor. Announcing Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield as the new county wide sponsor, the competition has also changed its name, format and submission methods to make it easier and more relevant in the 21st century. Entrants to the newly named Staffordshire Best Kept Village Community competition can now showcase the community benefits of their village life as well as its beauty, via a brand-new website.

After over 60 years of celebrating the beauty of Staffordshire villages, the new style competition hopes to attract new entrants from across the county.
a new website has been created which allows entrants to upload submissions and even video footage to the entry.

To help explain the changes, The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, who run the competition, have created a roadshow which is touring the county and for the Staffordshire Moorlands it will be at Warslow village hall on February 5th between 10:30am and 12 noon

Jo Cooper said: “With so many changes in society since BKV started in 1956 we felt it necessary to create a competition that is fit for the 21st century. We want to celebrate the wonderful communities across the county so there’s more ways to showcase villages by placing everything online and we’ve simplified the entry process by creating a digital platform making it quicker and easier for all villages to enter. Not to worry if someone can’t enter online though, as we have support available to help them through it.

To celebrate the new style competition, organisers have announced Richard Winterton Auctioneers as the new county wide headline sponsor. Best known for being on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Richard and his Lichfield based team will be attending the roadshow and will visit every single village that enters.

Richard Winterton said: “A popular part of the Staffordshire calendar for many years, the Best Kept Village Competition has become something of an institution across this wonderful, diverse county. And like all great institutions, BKVC has the ability to adapt and grow. As we move into a new decade for the 21st century, it’s so fitting that BKVC will focus on exciting new digital horizons while never losing sight of the roots.

“We are so proud to be the countywide sponsor of BKVC, bringing together a wonderfully diverse melting pot of talented communities which all have one thing in common – they are infused with a splendid Staffordshire spirit. It is a perfect fit for Richard Winterton Auctioneers – the Winterton family has been Staffordshire’s auctioneers for seven generations now since 1864 and we are excited to stride into the new Roaring Twenties with BKVC. We are very much looking forward to meeting even more people from all over the county and hearing what makes their community special to them.” 

Jo Cooper from The Community Foundation for Staffordshire said: “I’m delighted that Richard Winterton Auctioneers has become our headline sponsor. Richard’s enthusiasm for the new competition has been there from the very start. He saw what we wanted to do and as someone who lives in a rural area, he knows a wonderful place villages can be.”

Joe Pointon
News Editor

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