Nettleham put its best foot forward for Channel 4’s ‘Village of the Year’ programme and looked stunning in glorious sunshine from last summer.
Penelope Keith and judges – archaeologist Alex Langlands, garden designer Juliet Sargeant and craft expert Patrick Grant – have been visiting UK villages vying for the title of ‘Village of the Year’ and in episode 14, broadcast on Wednesday, 30th January 2018, Nettleham was under consideration. Penelope Keith introduced the village saying:
“I am kicking off proceedings in a village that was shortlisted because of its well preserved stone cottages and pristine village green.
“Just three miles north of the cathedral city of Lincoln lies Nettleham. Its a picturesque village with a carnival spirit and although we are a long, long way from the emerald isle you can find a touch of the Irish.”
The programme visited Mulsanne Park and followed a game of cricket and talked to Dave, the groundsman. As we leave Nettleham Cricket Club’s game Penelope orates:
“Surrounded by fields and meadows Nettleham maintains a rural feel, despite being only three miles from Lincoln and the conservative area in the centre – preserving the eighteen century architecture – is another reason this village was shortlisted. But there are also some surprises that help to put it in the running.”
Arriving at Nettleham Village Hall to meet Colleen and see the village’s Irish Dancing School who perform at the annual Nettleham Carnival on the village green in the centre of the village. Following this we move to Nettleham Old School an meet volunteers with LIVES and Nigel explains how the organisation was formed and the impact that they have on the local community.
Finally we get to see the village letting its hair down and enjoying itself with the Nettleham Carnival. With bunting fluttering in the breeze and glorious sunshine Nettleham is shown to be a vibrant, active and beautiful village. Penelope concludes:
“I have enjoyed my time here. I have seen such activity in this village; Irish Dancing, people learning how to help others and of course a wonderful cricket match.”
Despite putting forward a strong programme for judging unfortunately the village was not destined to progress to the semi-finals. Nevertheless it is a great credit for the village that it was shortlisted to be included and that has rightly garnered praise. Local district councillor Giles McNeill said:
“I am tremendously proud that Nettleham was shown off so well by so many lovely people from the village. A great effort and well done to the Nettleham Carnival committee, LIVES, the cricket club and junior school.”
Meanwhile local parliamentarian, Sir Edward Leigh MP, tweeted his praise:
“Delighted that the beautiful vilalge of nettleham, which is in my constituency, featured on Channel 4’s Village of the Year.”