Congratulations to Edingale, which has won the Best Kept Small Village award for Staffordshire this year.
Personally, I don’t quite understand why: it’s a nice enough village and tidy enough, and people are very friendly, but I can’t see what makes it so special. Perhaps it pulled out all the stops on the day the judges visited, a few weeks ago.
At least it's not an obvious choice (thank goodness), as it's not ostentatiously pretty, being a dormitory village (for Lichfield/Tamworth), with a lot of new build as well as heritage, and a mix of income-classes.
(By the way, Haughton won in the Large Village category).