Residents and Parish Councillors in Nettleham gathered for the presentation of a bench to recognise the village as joint winners of the 50th Anniversary of the Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition.
The bench was presented to members of Nettleham village by Richard Pennell, of Pennells Garden Centres, whose family have sponsored the bench in this special year and has also been the sole sponsor of trees for the competition since 1964 and Teresa Palmer, Competition Organiser, from Community Lincs.
The 50th Anniversary project, to celebrate the history of the competition, which included the award of a bench to both Tealby and Nettleham as the highest scoring joint winners, was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Managing director Richard Pennell said: “These two villages over the years have been consistently good. The enthusiasm of the people involved and the care that they take is great.”
Teresa Palmer, said “One of the strong points of Nettleham is there are so many different groups and so much going on for all age groups.” She also said that “as 2012 was the last year that I was personally involved with the competition, I was delighted to be asked to co-present the Bench to representatives from Nettleham, on behalf of Community Lincs with Richard Pennell. In the time that I have been involved with the competition, Nettleham have always been ‘the one to watch’ in Class 3, so it is delightful to be involved in this 50th Anniversary presentation in a village that oozes community spirit, well done to all those involved”. Both Teresa and Fiona White the Chief Executive of Community Lincs wish all those involved with the competition all the very best in the future.
The Lincolnshire Best Kept Village competition has been run by Community Lincs since 1962. In that time Nettleham has won its category (for villages between 2,001 and 7,000 residents) 11 times, most recently in 2010. Tealby has won its category eight times, coming second on 10 occasions.
Speaking at the presentation of the bench on Nettleham village green, chairman of Nettleham Parish Council Cllr Terry Williams said: “This was very much a tri-partite effort. It was an effort on the part of our residents, businesses and the parish council. I thank the residents all for their contribution over a 50 year period, for making sure our gardens are kept neat and tidy. I also thank the businesses around the village for making sure their premises are neat and tidy and making sure they have flower displays.
West Lindsey District Council has supported the competition for many years and both Nettleham district councillors, Cllr Giles McNeill and Cllr Malcolm Leaning, attended the presentation.
Cllr Malcolm Leaning said: “I am delighted my home village of Nettleham, where I was born, has come equal first over the past 50 years in the ‘Best Kept Village in Lincolnshire’ competition.“Having been a member of Nettleham Parish Council for 48 years I can remember the first time we voted to enter the competition in 1967 – which was also the first time we won it!