CHRISTLETON has been named the overall winner of the Best Kept Village in Cheshire at the 55th Community Pride Competition.

The village was praised for how well cared for it is and how attractive it looks to visitors.

Parish councillor Janet Brown, representing Christleton at the annual awards ceremony held at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, was presented with a plaque and a painting by Gordon Wilkinson, watercolour artist for Cheshire Life magazine.

Other winners of the Best Kept Village in the seven population categories were Rushton, Tarporley, Upton-by-Chester, Congleton, Siddington and Peover Superior. Christleton won their category before being named overall winner.

Upton-by-Chester came second in the Best Village Website award, which was won by Congleton. Kelsall was highly commended.

Frodsham was highly commended in the Best Community Newsletter category, jointly won by Mottram St Andrew and Willaston in Nantwich.

The Cheshire Community Spirit award was jointly won by Rushton and Audlem.

Malpas were runners up with Ashton Hayes and Willaston, near Neston, highly commended.

A total of 35 certificates were awarded under the new Little Gem category, which was created to support the work of volunteers or individuals who look after their environment.

The judges’ Photographic Award was won by Ted Graham of Chester.

The Young Persons Good Citizen Award is new this year and prizes were made to Christine Wallace (winner of the 12-16 years category) and Henry Garside.

John Hulme was the speaker for the evening. He was the instigator of the Best Kept Station competition and spoke enthusiastically about the waterways and railways of Cheshire.

This year’s awards were sponsored by Essar Oil UK.