Haunton Village has entered the Best Kept Village Competition since 1997 and have been winners of the Lichfield & Cannock Chase small village competition on a number of occasions.
- 1997 – 2nd Place
- 1998 – 1st Place
- 1999 – 3rd Place
- 2000 – 1st Place
- 2001 – 2nd Place
- 2002 – 1st Place & Trophy Winner for the Lichfield & Cannock Chase Area
- 2003 – Highly Commended
- 2004 – Highly Commended
- 2005 – 3rd Place
- 2006 – Highly Commended
- 2007 – 3rd Place
- 2008 – Highly Commended
- 2009 – 3rd Place
- 2010 – Highly Commended
- 2011 – 2nd Place
- 2012 – Highly Commended
- 2013 – 3rd Place
- 2014 – Not recorded
- 2015 – Highly Commended
- 2016 – Highly Commended
- 2017 – Highly Commended
- 2018 – 1st Place & Trophy Winner for the Lichfield & Cannock Chase Area
The Best Kept Village competition was co-ordinated by The Community Council of Staffordshire until 2018 .
There are four areas: Stafford, South Staffordshire, Lichfield/Cannock Chase, & Staffordshire Moorlands & East Staffordshire. Each area is sub-divided in to ‘Large Villages’ and ‘Small Villages’.
Haunton qualifies as a small village in the Lichfield/Cannock Chase Area. Other small villages in our area include Edingale, Harlaston, Stonnall, Upper Longdon, and Wall.
The large villages in the Lichfield/Cannock Chase Area include Fradley, Hednesford, Kings Bromley, Longdon/Longdon Green, and Norton Canes.
In the first round judges look at all the villages twice, once in May and once in June. Up to three villages from each category (large & small) with the highest percentage marks from each of the four areas go through to the Area Final round.
The winners of each area are presented with the Area Trophy and a cheque from the Trophy donor which in our case in 2018 was The Leavesley Group.
The Winners of the eight ‘Large and Small village’ categories are judged in the County Final round to determine the County Winners.
The County Winner of each large and small village receive a shield donated by The Community Council of Staffordshire and a tree donated on behalf of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE).
With effect from 2019 The Best Kept Village competition is co-ordinated by The Community Foundation.