Two North Devon villages named among county’s best

Frithlestock (pictured) was named runner up in the annual Best Kept Village Competition.

Frithlestock (pictured) was named runner up in the annual Best Kept Village Competition. - Credit: Archant

Frithelstock and Parracombe score highly with judges.

FRITHLESTOCK and Parracombe have been recognised as two of Devon’s tidiest villages.

The North Devon villages were both named runners up in the annual Best Kept Village Competition, run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Nearly 40 villages took part in this year’s contest, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers.

Frithelstock and Frithelstock Stone, near Torrington, were judged in the ‘past winners’ category, while Parracombe, near Lynton, was judged as a ‘new winner’.

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Overall winners were Modbury in the South Hams (best large village); Offwell in East Devon (best small village); Kilmington in East Devon (best past winner, large village); Dalwood in East Devon (best past winner, small village); and Morchard Bishop in Mid Devon (best new entry).

A spokesperson for CPRE Devon said: “It takes a great deal of effort and motivation from organisers and residents to maintain the high levels of tidiness and care required during the three month judging period.

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“The Best Kept Village Competition is a positive means of bringing people together in the care and development of their local amenities and we do hope that more villages will consider entering the competition next year.”

For information on how to enter your village for next year’s competition visit

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