TARPORLEY is the toast of Cheshire after scooping the Championship Award in the Best Kept Village competition.
The annual event was held Wilmslow Leisure Centre and representatives from villages across the county gathered to see who had won this coveted award.
Tarporley parish councillor and street scene working group member Richard Brierley said: “We were absolutely delighted and surprised.
“The working group only took over the competition in the village half way through this year, so we did not really expect it. We are thrilled.”
The judges stated: “The village shows an obvious pride in the care of its environment, to the benefit of all residents.”
Edward Brady of Shell UK, sponsor of the competition, presented a plaque and a cheque.
Tarporley also picked up the Commuity Project for Vale Royal award jointly with Rushton for the refurbishment of the community centre.
Richard added: “We would just like to thank everyone who was involved, and all the hard work that was put in by the volunteers in getting the village to this high standard.
“The Best Kept Village plaque has already been mounted in the village for all to see.”
Other winners included Kingsley who won The Cheshire Community Spirit Award, Great Barrow, who won the Best Kept Village award for populations between 601- 1000 and Christleton which won the award for population between 1001 and 2,500 people.
Mr Brady said: “The competition exemplifies the community spirit in all the villages. It demonstrates and emphasises just how much voluntary work is undertaken to make Cheshire an attractive place to live.
“The competition encourages villages to improve every aspect of village life which is under threat in so many different ways.”