No high for Hankelow this year

PUBLISHED: 01:16 11 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:10 20 February 2013

The old White Lion pub is now an Indian restaurant

The old White Lion pub is now an Indian restaurant

Watercolour artist Gordon Wilkinson paints pretty Hankelow

The picture perfect village of Hankelow will not win any of the coveted prizes in this years Best Kept Village competition. Although it is the archetypal English village, with a glorious village green, traditional mill and lush countryside, the parish council have decided not to enter this years competition.

Former parish council chairman David Mounteney said: Its a shame but we wont be involved this time round. We have been taking part for years and we often get awards, but never the big one, although we did come second a few years ago.

It was starting to become rather an imposition on the small group of people who did the majority of the work to get the village ready for the judging. Maybe it was getting a bit old-hat and people were losing interest.

If we take a year off well be able to start afresh and hopefully we can get people excited about the contest once again.

And there could be a few changes around the village when Hankelow re-enters the competition. The long running battle to reduce the speed limit on the main road through the village looks to be moving into its final stages and building work is progressing at two of the villages most prestigious buildings.

Hankelow Hall has been the subject of a major renovation project since property developer Kirk Shenton bought the building in 1989. The five-storey hall had stood empty for many years and the re-development - now in its 22nd year - is restoring the hall, parts of which are believed to date back the 14th century to its former glory. And Davids colleague on the parish council, Elliot Hulme, is converting outbuildings at Hankelow Manor to create five new homes.

David, who moved to the village from Australia six years ago, added: It is a very nice village and very nice place to live. Sadly its been a village without a pub since the White Lion closed but I guess thats a sign of the times.

A number of people are involved in things around the village and we have plenty of groups and clubs and a good programme of activities. Hopefully we can get people motivated again and win the Best Kept Village title when we re-enter.

The road to Hankelow

Location: The village is a about a mile north of Audlem in South Cheshire on the A529. The nearest railway stations are at Nantwich and Wrenbury.

Where to park: There is on street parking around the village.

Where to eat: The village has a couple of cafes and an Indian restaurant in the former White Lion pub overlooking the green.

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