Roughlee and Barley honoured in Lancs Best-Kept Village contest

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TWO Pendle villages received awards at Lancashire's Best Kept Village awards ceremony.

Roughlee was crowned runner-up in the champion village section while Barley was the winner of the best hamlet category.

The ceremony was held at Stanley House, Mellor, with prizes being presented by Chief Fire Officer and judge Peter Holland.

Coun. James Starkie and Coun. Denis Dodd collected Roughlee's award while Coun. Jon Connor and Coun. David Goodger represented Barley.

Publicity Officer Peter Hesketh said: "Barley has done particularly well this year, collecting the prize for the best-kept hamlet for the second year running which is a real achievement."

Barley also had another reason to celebrate after being highly commended for its village hall in the public halls section.

Clerk for Barley Parish Council Vicky Thorpe said: "Our win comes down to the hard work of all our villagers, who try to keep Barley as tidy as possible which is not easy considering the amount of visitors we have every year."

The village has spent money on a number of projects this year, which have enabled it to stay competitive. One such project was the replacement of railings in Cross Lane, which have helped enhance the village.

Roughlee's success in the prestigious champion class has also been attributed to hard-working villagers. Alistair McGeorge and the Friends of Roughlee Appearance work all year round to maintain the standard of the village and this dedication has led to Roughlee's continued success in the champion category over the years.

SUCCESS: Peter Holland, Coun. Denis Todd and Coun. James Starkie with the runner up award for Roughlee in the Champion Village section at the Lancashire Best Kept Village Awards.

CHAMPION: Peter Holland, Coun. Jon Connor and Coun. David Goodger from Barley with the Hamlet trophy and plaque at the Lancashire Best Kept Village Awards.