Holbeach and Moulton in Bloom group are kings of the castle

WINNER OF WINNERS: Jim and Marie Scarsbrook, Christine Wright, Anthea Sherwood and Pam Stanley of Moulton in Bloom accept the Class 5 Award at the Lincolnshire CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Towns Competition prize ceremony from Baroness Jane Willoughby D'Eresby at Grimsthorpe Castle.  Photo by Tom Clare.
WINNER OF WINNERS: Jim and Marie Scarsbrook, Christine Wright, Anthea Sherwood and Pam Stanley of Moulton in Bloom accept the Class 5 Award at the Lincolnshire CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Towns Competition prize ceremony from Baroness Jane Willoughby D'Eresby at Grimsthorpe Castle. Photo by Tom Clare.
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Volunteers from Holbeach and Moulton saw their work to make where they live look immaculate rewarded with star billing at a countywide awards ceremony near Bourne.

In Bloom groups from Holbeach and Moulton flew the flag for South Holland at the Lincolnshire CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Best Kept Village and Small Town Awards, held at Grimsthorpe Castle last Friday.

TOP SMALL MARKET TOWN: Rachel Flood with Carol and Graham Rudkin of Holbeach in Bloom receive the Best Kept Small Market Town Award from Baroness Jane Willoughby D'Eresby at the Lincolnshire CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Towns Competition inside Grimsthorpe Castle.  Photo by Tom Clare.

TOP SMALL MARKET TOWN: Rachel Flood with Carol and Graham Rudkin of Holbeach in Bloom receive the Best Kept Small Market Town Award from Baroness Jane Willoughby D'Eresby at the Lincolnshire CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Towns Competition inside Grimsthorpe Castle. Photo by Tom Clare.

Holbeach in Bloom took the Best Small Market Town prize, ahead of runners-up Crowland, while Moulton took the Winner of Winners crown with the help of its 12th century church and Moulton Mill.

Jim Scarsbrook, of Moulton in Bloom, said: “It’s not just about how tidy and neat the village is, but it’s the community spirit that’s really important.

“In every avenue, we have people rallying around to raise more funds to keep the community going.

“But it’s also the effort put in by businesses, Moulton Mill and the church that does us proud as well.

It’s not just about how tidy and neat the village is, but it’s the community spirit that’s really important and in every avenue of Moulton, we have people rallying around to raise more funds to keep the community going

Jim Scarsbrook, Moulton in Bloom

“Winning the CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Town Winner of Winners Awards has lifted the spirits of people in Moulton and it’s just been the icing on the cake for us.”

Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham Rudkin, said: “Holbeach has had such a good year and people should be proud of the town this year.

“The hard work of volunteers and Holbeach Parish Council enhances the town and when we’re working in Holbeach, people are actually thanking us.

“Our aim now is to try and win the East Midlands in Bloom, Best in Group Awards and we have one or two ideas of things to do in and around Holbeach.”

The Lincolnshire CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Town Competition has been running since 1962 and nearly 60 town and villages entered the contest this year.

Along with Holbeach, Crowland and Moulton, Swineshead was the other prize winner, coming second in the Larger Villages category.

Tim Machine, acting chairman of Lincolnshire CPRE, said: “The competition celebrates the best of our rural community life and the awards are the culmination of many months of hard work to make the places where people are neat, tidy and nice places to live, work and play.

“The competition does not seek out the most picturesque, rural villages, but our judges are looking out for tidy, well-kept places that reflect community spirit and involvement.”