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Flintshire’s Best Kept Communities Competition 2015

Published: 18/09/2015

The winners of each category for Flintshire’s 2015 Best Kept Communities have been announced at a ceremony held at County Hall on Friday 11 September. The joint first prize winners for the Best Kept Village with a population of under 1000 were Llanfynydd and Llanasa, with the third prize going to Ysceifiog and fourth prize to Bretton Lane. The first prize for the Best Kept Community with a population of over 1000 and under 5000 went to Northop with second prize to Higher Kinnerton, third prize to Caerwys, and fourth prize to Mostyn. Mold was the winner of the Best Kept Town Centre, Holywell came second, and third prize went to Mynydd Isa. The Best Kept Senior Citizens’ Estate was won by Ffordd Gwynedd, Northop, with second prize going to Bennetts Lane in Higher Kinnerton, and third prize going to Park Crescent, Meadow Rise & Corwen Way. The first prize in the Best Kept Community Garden / Wildlife Area was awarded to Greenbank Villas in Flint with Bryn Gwalia Community Garden, Mold second. Third prize went to Bryn y Baal Quarry with Greenfield Valley Community Garden receiving fourth prize. The Judges awarded three Certificates of Merit to the following Schools. They were very impressed with the knowledge and dedication of these children at such a young age Ysgol Derwen Primary, Higher Kinnerton Ysgol yr Esgob Primary, Caerwys Ysgol Owen Jones Primary, Northop Highly Commended Certificates were awarded by the Judges to:- Mostyn (Section B) Meadow Rise, Penyffordd (Section D) Speaking at the event, Councillor Ray Hughes, the Chair of Council said how impressed he was with the enthusiasm and expertise which the volunteers have displayed this year: He said: “Each year we see that the standards in the Best Kept Communities Competition have increased dramatically. Whilst this years summer was not the best it is still apparent that the competition entries were better than ever. This must have been a real problem for our judges: Fred Gillmore, Les and Sue Starling. The standard was so high, it was necessary for the accolades to be shared: for instance, we had two equal first prizes in Section A. Three Schools were also awarded Certificates of Merits by the Judges for their eco gardens. Two Highly Commended Awards were also given by the Judges. “The competition would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Airbus in the UK, Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, Grwp Cynefin, Lindop Bros, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Limited and Warwick Chemicals. “Thank you to them, and also to our judges for the time and knowledge which they contribute.” The prize winners are listed below. Section A – Best Kept Village /Community under 1000 population Equal First prize: (£100) Llanfynydd Equal First prize: (£100) Llanasa Third prize: (£50) Ysceifiog Fourth prize: (£25) Bretton Lane Section B – Best Kept Village/Community over 1000 and below 5000 population First Prize: (£100) Northop Second Prize: (£75) Higher Kinnerton Third Prize: (£50) Caerwys Fourth Prize (£25) Mostyn Section C – Best Kept Town Centre (over 5000 population) First prize: (£100 ) Mold Second prize: (£75) Holywell Third prize (£50) Mynydd Isa Section D – Best Kept Senior Citizen Estate First prize: (£100) Ffordd Gwynedd, Northop Second Prize: (£75) Bennetts Lane, Higher Kinnerton Third Prize (£50) Park Crescent, Meadow Rise & Corwen Way Section E – Best Kept Community Garden/Wildlife area First prize: (£100) Greenbank Villas, Flint. Second prize: (£75) Bryn Gwalia Community Garden Third prize:(£50) Bryn Y Baal Quarry Fourth Prize:(£25) Greenfield Valley Community Garden Certificates of Merit to the following three Schools Ysgol Derwen Primary, Higher Kinnerton Ysgol yr Esgob Primary, Caerwys Ysgol Owen Jones Primary, Northop Highly Commended Certificates to Mostyn (Section B) Meadow Rise, Penyffordd (Section D