(download Full Results) Best Kept Village in Lancashire 2013 & 2011
http://www.blackovillage.com/ is the official website for the village of Blacko.
Blacko is a picturesque award-winning village on an old turnpike road, now the A682 from Nelson to Gisburn in Pendle Witch country, dominated by a folly, Stansfield’s Tower. The civil parish of Blacko, with a population of 600, straddles two counties, Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village core being in the former, the latter part, in the detached part of the Parish of Brogden, having joined its red rose neighbour 12 years after the 1974 local government reorganisation. That is the wilder moorland part of the parish, the countryside around the village comprising mainly pasture and woodland, falling away gently to the local beauty spot, the Watermeetings, where Blacko Water joins Pendle Water, on the Pendle Way long-distance walk, which passes through the parish, only one of many other well-marked footpaths.
One of the several jewels in Blacko’s crown is its OFSTED-acclaimed primary school, and nearby is the Ebenezer Independent Methodist Chapel. There is a barber’s shop and a beauty salon in the former village shop, and the three pubs in the parish are all renowned for their wholesome food, fine ales and warm hospitality. In fact, hospitality is something Blacko is renowned for, and there is a very strong community spirit, into which newcomers are made welcome. That is reflected in Blacko’s continuing success in the Lancashire Best Kept Village and North West in Bloom Competitions. The caring nature of Blacko people is further exemplified by its thriving Blacko Hospice Committee, supporting the Pendleside Hospice, and its NSPCC Committee, both of which raise large sums towards those good causes.
Another aspect of Blacko life is its vibrant social scene. Blacko Events Committee organises functions and activities for all sections of the parish, and last year notched up no fewer than 13. One of the highlights is the traditional Village Show and Family Fun Day, where many villagers join in, roll up their sleeves and make the day the great success that it has become.
Blacko has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike, such as its recreation ground, with its award-winning playground, and allotments in an idyllic setting beneath Stansfield’s Tower, whilst a stone’s throw from the tower is Malkin Tower Farm , a family-run small complex of holiday lets, and bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Higher Wanless Farm in an idyllic spot on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Getting to Blacko is helped by regular Monday to Saturday daytime bus services from Nelson and Clitheroe via other nearby villages, and a summer Sunday circular service around Pendleside to Burnley Details of Lancashire County Council-supported Pendle Witch Hopper services P70, P71, 70 and 71 can be found in County Council leaflet 106, by ringing 0871 200 22 33 or at http://www.traveline.info/. The railway stations at Burnley, Nelson and Clitheroe offer connections by train to the main railway network, along with connecting bus services.