Further proof that Marlow is the best town in Bucks, if not the world…

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best kept village 20156 years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming
It’s coming home,
It’s coming home, it’s coming
Buckinghamshire’s Best Kept Village (Small Town category) award is coming home!

A right result for Marlow in Buckinghamshire’s Best Kept Village competition

best kept village 2015 sign
The sign, with  the all important 2015 date now added!

Marlow has won the prestigious Best Kept Village (Small Town category) Cup for 2015 and also the Sword of Excellence which is presented to the town/village with the highest overall score, regardless of category.

On Saturday 12th September, in a ceremony on the Causeway, the awards were officially handed over to Town Mayor, Bob Johnson, and other members of the Town council by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher as Chairman of the Bucks Association of Local Councils.

The Best Kept Village Competition has been running for 58 years, and has award categories  covering towns and villages of differing population sizes. The judges look for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.

So credit has to go to Marlow Town Council and everyone who is involved in maintaining our open public spaces, sweeping the roads, emptying the bins – and residents who do their bit by helping keep litter to a minimum!

For those who are interested ,the full text of the judges summary of Marlow is shown below:

“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.”

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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