"IT WOULD appear that lightning does strike
twice!" That was the comment of Nantwich in Bloom Secretary, Connie Jones,
after Nantwich came out tops at the Cheshire Community Pride Awards for the
second year in succession.
The prize-winning town won the
Championship award for the Best-Kept Village or Market Town in Cheshire in the competition
run by Cheshire Community Action. We also won the award for the best-kept
small town in Cheshire (population 10,001 to 30,000).
In the main award Cheshire includes
Warrington and Halton.
Unable to attend the prestigious
event at Nantwich Civic Hall (September 30), Connie had a phone call from
Nantwich in Bloom Chairman, Doug Butterill, to say the
Nantwich has "swept
the board again." The town had been chosen again as Champion of Cheshire.
Attending the event in support of
local towns and villages in the competition was Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe
A comment on the website of
Cheshire Community Action says: "The market town is well cared for and
attractive to all who visit it."
Connie Jones said later: "The town has
reason to be really proud of these awards as the judges come to the town on
three different occasions and take us as they find us. They come unannounced
and unaccompanied. They are able to go anywhere and everywhere within the
town boundaries so there is no way we can do extra preparation for their
"It is a compliment to
townspeople, the businesses and both local authorities (Cheshire East
Council and Nantwich Town Council.) Cheshire East staff take a real interest in
their work and are delighted to be part of our success."
As part of the award, Nantwich in
Bloom - on behalf of the town - were presented with a watercolour painted by
Gordon Wilkinson, "a Cheshire artist of note and a regular contributor to
Cheshire Life magazine", says Connie.
This year's subject was a view of the
Church from the Square.
lCommunity Pride used to be known as the
Best Kept Village Competition.