Best Kept Village Competition 2019

The winner of The Michaelis Cup (small towns) is Winslow, and we are delighted to report that Marlow will be receiving a Certificate of Merit. It was a close competition, with just a few points between participants.

Bill Chapple, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, said: “Our popular Best Kept Village Competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages and towns.

“It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment.

“The Best Kept Village competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages and towns – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained.

“Judging is not just about the high streets but also the other areas in the village or town, emphasising all the community’s contributions.”

Comments made by the judges were very favourable and their summary is as follows:

Marlow is a very pleasant town, both scenically and socially.  Community spirit is apparent in the way its environment is respected by its citizens.  Very little litter around apart from cigarette ends as mentioned.  (This was outside a public house





Best Kept Village Competition 2018


The judging of the 2018 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition results  have been announced.

Marlow is the Runner Up in the Michaelis Cup with a score of 92 out of 100. A very close run competition narrowly taking the runners-up position behind Wendover by just a one point margin!  The scoring was very high across the County this year.  Marlow will be awarded a Certificate of Merit in recognition of its high score.  Thank you to everyone who has kept Marlow clean, tidy and beautiful.  Congratulations to Wendover who have also been awarded the Sword of Excellence.



Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition 2017

The results are in…

Marlow has achieved Runner-Up in Buckinghamshire’s Best-Kept Village competition, in a very close-run contest.

“The scores are now in,” Jocelyn Towns, Town Mayor, said. “Overall Marlow achieved a fantastic 86 per cent, and for many of the categories we scored 100 per cent.” Top scores were awarded for the areas around the shops, the notice boards and the war memorial, and the town scored 90 per cent for its general environmental features, including hedges, verges, ponds and streams. A comment from the judges stated: “Despite its bustling nature and the large numbers of visitors it attracts, Marlow was substantially free of litter and showed much evidence of being a vibrant and caring community.”

In the Michaelis Cup, which covers small towns, Marlow was narrowly beaten to the title by Winslow.

“This competition is extremely competitive,” Jocelyn said. “We’re hugely proud of our town and of the efforts by the whole community to keep Marlow looking beautiful throughout the year. The judges’ comments were highly complimentary.”

The annual Best Kept Village competition is sponsored by George Browns and Bucks County Council with support from district councils including Chiltern and Wycombe.




2016 Competition

As Marlow won not only the Best Kept Village Competition - the Michaelis Cup, but also The Wilkinson Sword of Excellence Trophy in 2015, the town was automatically entered into the Cup Winners category (also known as the Tindall Cup) for 2016. This put Marlow up against all winners from the 2015 competition... Some very tough opposition! Unfortunately Marlow did not top it's category for 2016, but was scored a close runner-up! We are delighted and extremely proud of this great achievement within such a tough category. Congratulations to Stewkley, who won the Tindall Cup!


It is important to note that when the judging took place, the Town Council had only recently taken over responsibility for Grounds Maintenance from the District and County Council, which was also taken into account by the judges. We are still welcoming feedback from our residents and visitors on how we can improve the services we provide, and in turn, the appearance of our wonderful town. Don't forget to use our Feedback Form


Judges Comments (here) included:


“The town had the appearance of being well cared for and there was a marked lack of litter and rubbish and evidence of community involvement.”


“Marlow Town Cemetery was well maintained in the municipal fashion and in a way which suited the layout and general arrangements.” 




The Town Mayor & Mayoress, Councillors and Jan Bailey gathered at The Causeway on Saturday 12th September 2015 to welcome Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and the Best Kept Village Award Team of judges and sponsors who made the formal presentation to Marlow for winning not only the Best Kept Village Competition - the Michaelis Cup, but also The Wilkinson Sword of Excellence Trophy for receiving the highest marks overall in the County categories.

Left to Right- Cllr Suzanne Brown, Mayoress Shirley Johnson, Cllr Chris Funnell, Mayor Bob Johnson, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Deputy Mayor Cllr Jocelyn Towns, Richard Pushman, Chairman of BKV, Cllr Neil Marshall, Cllr Alex Collingwood, Cllr Roger Wilson


Town Mayor Bob Johnson thanked Sir Henry for his kind words of praise of Marlow.  He also thanked the judges and scheme sponsors for these prestigious awards. In accepting them, Councillor Johnson commented: “Great tribute should be paid to so many people, including volunteers, residents, businesses, local associations and our officers and contractors, for the excellent way in which they support and help maintain the town, which in turn enables us to participate and win this award. Marlow is indeed ‘buzzing' at the moment and we are privileged to live in such a great town which is really looking amazing. A great thank you to all concerned"

Sir Henry and the Awards presentation party were thanked again as they then departed for the next stage of their county-wide presentation tour.

Judges Comments

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