Stewkley wins again

The community spirit in Stewkley is strong - like the Macmillan Coffee Morning in  the  Methodist Church

The community spirit in Stewkley is strong - like the Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Methodist Church

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Stewkley is one of the best kept villages in Buckinghamshire – and it’s official.

It has just won the DeFraine Cup in the 2015 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition.

Pitstone was the runner-up.

There are eight categories in the popular contest and the DeFraine Cup is for villages with a population of between 1,500 and 3,000.

This is the fifth time Stewkley has taken the title - it won the coveted cup in 2011, 2009, 2006 and 2004.

Last year’s winner was Cheddington.

Competition chairman Richard Pushman said: “There was a record number of entries this year and standards were high.”

Entrants are assessed on various features including recreation grounds, village hall, war memorials and areas around shops and pubs.

The judges also look for evidence of community effort.