The Best Kept Village

Following the creation of the Friends of Worsthorne and Hurstwood Group, we busied ourselves looking at opportunities to improve and highlight the beautiful village and hamlet that we live in.

One of those opportunities was to enter the best kept village, which had not had seen an entry from Burnley borough in over fifteen years. We wanted to get as many people involved in this project, so carried out a leaflet drop and began to organise community clean ups throughout Spring and Summer. This saw people of all ages from Worsthorne and Hurstwood litter picking, weeding and generally sprucing up the village centres. The village centre blossomed as hanging baskets began to appear, planters purchased by the Parish Council were positioned on the village green. The Orme was painted, the outside of the toilets cleaned up and the telephone box given a shine.

We waited patiently for the result, hoping for the best but not getting our hopes up too much as there were lots of villages who had been entering every year. We are pleased to announce and with great surprise that Worsthorne was highly commended in the medium village category and Hurstwood won the best first time entry. This is a great achievement and recognition for the hard work undertaken by those people who got involved in the clean ups, fund raising and for everyone who took pride in where they live making our villages even more beautiful.