Bembridge winners, front, from left, Grace Fassam, Christine Grant, Barbara Clough and Judy Sparkes; back, Arthur Robinson, Mike Cotton, Dave Rance, Daryl Hunt, Peter Beeney and Tony Freeman. Picture by Robin Crossley.
NEWTOWN, Havenstreet, St Helens and Bembridge have been named the Island’s best kept villages.
The four emerged victorious at this year’s hotly contested Best Kept Village Awards, each winning top prize in their size category.
Newtown won best small village for the fourth year running and Bembridge retained the County Press Shield for best extra large village.
The overall winner will be revealed at the presentation ceremony, due to be held at Newport Parish Centre in September.
High sheriff Claire Locke will present the certificates.
The prize for best kept war memorial has been awarded to joint winners Thorley and Godshill and the Merlin Trophy to the Green Army, a group of young volunteers who organise litter picks and do odd jobs.