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Well Kept County Awards

Background: 1966-2017
In 1966 an Award for the Best Kept Kinross-shire Village was initiated by Sir Robert Stewart of Arndean, Lord Lieutenant of Kinross-shire, under the auspices of Kinross Burgh Council. In 1997 the organisation of the competition was delegated to the Kinross-shire Civic Trust. The aims were to encourage a pride in the environment of each settlement and help maintain the identity of the old county.
The first Competition in 1966 was won by Milnathort, at that time a comparatively small community. Many more settlements entered and from 1998 the competition was run in two parts, with categories for hamlets as well as villages. The following settlements entered over the years:

Villages: Crook of Devon, Glenfarg, Milnathort, Kinnesswood and Scotlandwell

Hamlets: Blairingone, Cleish, Carnbo, Easter Balgedie, Keltybridge & Maryburgh, Powmill and Wester Balgedie.

Entries were taken during April and May each year and three judges, from outside the County if possible, were appointed to visit each village around the second week in July.
The winners of each category received cast iron plaque and a trophy, while the runners up were presented with a certificate. The Village winners received the Lena Graham Cup and the Hamlet winners received the Donald Erskine Cup.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the competition in 2006, Sir Robert Stewart donated a new cup for the Most Improved Village or Hamlet.

Arrangements from 2018
Several changes were introduced in 2018 and in consultation with the local Organisers further changes have been introduced for 2019. The most important are:
1. The name of the awards is now the Well Kept Village Competition and the Well Kept Hamlet Competition under the umbrella term Well Kept County.

2. In view of recent increases in populations, Milnathort is deemed a town rather than a village, and Powmill a village rather than a hamlet.

3. The distinguishing feature of the WKC competitions is that judges are taken round the whole settlement, following an itinerary that is agreed between the committee and the local organiser.

4. Judging of villages and hamlets and is performed by different judges, recruited from outside the county, on different days, on a rotation of seasons: autumn (2019), spring and summer.

5. Organisers may identify any areas they wish the judges to overlook, for instance because they are building sites, and also a special new initiative undertaken in the season to enhance the neighbourhood.

Currently (May 2019) entries into this year’s competition are as follows:
• Villages: Kinnesswood, Crook of Devon with Drum, Powmill and Glenfarg.

Hamlets: Cleish, Easter & Wester Balgedie, Glenlomond and Maryburgh & Keltybridge.

The committee would be very glad to hear from any other settlements that would like to take part.
David Hill, Chair, WKC Committee
Contact the Chair of the WKC Committee: David Hill by email

Dates for 2019:
Judging of Hamlets Tuesday 10 September
Judging of Villages Wednesday 11 September
Presentation Ceremony Wednesday 25 September in the Masonic Hall, Kinross