The Presentation on Saturday 17th September 2005
to South Cerney. Winners of the Bledisloe Plate
to the overall winners of the competition

for the best kept village in Gloucestershire.

The sun shone on the Old Cross while we all waited for the judges to arrive and make the presentation

Sir John Adye KCMG. Chairman of Gloucestershire CPRE Branch making the presentation

Sir John Adye KCMG

Tony Squire. Vice Chairman of South Cerney Parish Council thanking Sir John for his presentation

The pewter plate that we can keep for one year

Sir John Adye & Tony Squire

Sir John presents the runner up award to a representative of the village of Down Ampney

Tony Squire, Sir John Adye KCMG with Professor Adrian Phillips and the finals judge, Richard Lloyd. Vice Chairman of the CPRE Branch


Present at the old cross and representing South Cerney Parish Council were Cllr Harris, Cllr Mrs Pollard, Vice Chairman Cllr Squire, Cllr Webb and the Clerk, Maurice McKee



Bledisloe Plate 2005 – South Cerney

Mr Maurice McKee’s report accompanying the entry for the Bledisloe Plate was extremely helpful in our attempts to measure the extent of added value in South Cerney since the category award last year. As he says, “Winning the Bledisloe Cup in 2004 seems to have triggered a marked increase in community activity in our village”.

Far from resting on its laurels, the village has powered ahead with a remarkable list of new projects to enhance village life – some twenty in all. Some of these, such as the new churchyard wall and the interior of the Village Hall are immediately apparent. As far as the latter is concerned, we were taken on a complete tour of the premises by a man who was clearly very proud of the building and its usage. He even showed us the bookings diary to demonstrate the point!

Inter alia, we were impressed with the new play equipment at Robert Franklin Way play area some of which had been donated by local companies and installed by the Parish Council.

As mentioned last year, South Cerney is a large village with a wide range of socio-economic groupings and a variety of properties, not all of a picture postcard nature. This is not, however, to the village’s detriment. What emerges strongly during a visit, is the existence of a vibrant and active community, working hard to improve the quality of life for everyone as well as taking pride in the village’s overall appearance.

Consequently, we have pleasure in awarding to: