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Marlow Wins the Best Kept Village Competition (Michaelis Cup – Small Town) and the Sword of Excellence for being awarded the highest score

Posted on July 27th, 2015



Competition chairman, Richard Pushman commented: “There was a record number of entries this year, standards were high in all the competing villages and I congratulate all our winners and runners-up. The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter. Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise”.  The Best Kept Village Competition for villages and small towns throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes is a popular annual competition which has been running for 58 years. Entries are usually made by parish and town councils but entries from village hall committees or other active community groups are also welcome.

Marlow won the Michaelis Cup (small towns) and the Sword of Excellence (for the winner with the highest marks).  Martin Spittle, President of Marlow and District Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said “It is a tribute to the great team effort of the local authorities, businesses and residents of Marlow to win this prestigious award. The Chamber is pleased to have contributed to this outcome and will continue its work to ensure Marlow is an attractive town in which to work and live, maintain its welcome to visitors and its reputation as the jewel of the Thames.”


The judges comments about Marlow from the Best Kept Village Competition were:

“All Saints graveyard next to the river was tidy and well managed. Marlow Town Cemetery near Spring Gardens, a quiet and peaceful location, is a vast area that was well cared for.

Higginson Park, in full use by the town the weekend prior to our visit was well maintained and tidy with a whole range of facilities for residents and visitors.  The children’s play area within, had a good range of robust equipment. The wetlands and wildlife area at the far side of the park had a good, clear information board for visitors’ use.  The area itself seemed well managed and presented.

All Saints Church Hall and Liston Court community centre surrounds were good.

Marlow Lock and weir aspect was especially a scenic feature and areas surrounding the river banks kept well managed and litter free.

There’s a very good mix of retail outlets on both sides of the High Street, busy with visitors and locals alike.

Decorative bunting festooned the whole retail area and good stone planters and flowers are spread throughout.  The surroundings around the public houses were tidy.  The bus shelter in Little Marlow Road, of solid wood construction, was tidy.

All noticeboards had good content especially relating to community matters.

The War Memorial was immaculately presented with tidy and varied plants surrounding the location.

A very detailed key and map provided which was extremely useful.

Absence of general litter was apparent everywhere which is a considerable achievement considering the footfall in the town.

Marlow is a town that continues to take pride in its riverside setting and community and strives to maintain standards.”


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