Lois Weedon And Weston Amongst Best Northamptonshire Village Winners
|Author: David Scudamore||Published: 16th July 2014 10:36|
Lois Weedon & Weston Small Villages Winner receiving the Cup from competition sponsor Annette & Paul Hollowell of Hollowells Funeral Plans
Around 60 villagers and guests gathered this evening to hear the results of the 2014 Northamptonshire Best Village Competition. They were announced at the Presentation Evening Ceremony held on Tuesday 15th July at the Hunsbury Hill Centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton. This Competition celebrates community spirit and the quality of life in the County’s villages.
The village of Helmdon in South Northamptonshire was the overall winner of the competition gaining the prestigious title of the 2014 Northamptonshire Best Village. The village of Stanwick in East Northamptonshire was the runner up. Annette and Paul Hollowell, representing the competition’s sponsor Hollowells Funeral Plans presented delegates from the winning villages with cups and certificates.
The full results were as follows:-
OVERALL WINNERS WINNER Helmdon
Runner Up Stanwick
Third Weedon Bec
SMALL VILLAGES Winner Lois Weedon and Weston
Runner Up Rothersthorpe
Highly Commended Great Cransley
MEDIUM VILLAGES Winner Helmdon
Runner Up Syresham
Highly Commended Flore
LARGE VILLAGES Winner Stanwick
Runner Up Weedon Bec
Highly Commended Mawsley
Newcomers Cup Winner Mawsley
The Best Village Competition is run entirely by local volunteers and is based at Northamptonshire ACRE. The Competition looks at all aspects of village life: community and social activities, local businesses, sustainability, the provision for the younger and more senior residents as well as tidiness and the welcome visitors receive. The Competition, now in the fifth year of its current format, was saved in 2010 by the generous sponsorship of Hollowells Funeral Plans.
The Judges commended Helmdon for being a very welcoming village whose residents were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all aspects of village life and their environment. The website was complimented on being comprehensive and up-to-date with significant evidence of community participation.
David Scudamore, Chair of the 2014 Best Village Competition, commented: “Our congratulations go to every village that entered the 2014 Competition. We are pleased that successful villages bring the community together to decide on what to show the judges and how to manage the important judges visit to the village. Yet again the judges had great difficulty in deciding on the winning villages reflecting the quality of Northamptonshire’s rural communities. We would like to thank every village for making the judge’s visits so informative and enjoyable.’’
The County Co-ordinator, Barron Walton was delighted with the 2014 Competition and added: “The village of Helmdon is a worthy winner of the Northamptonshire Best Village Competition. Helmdon has been a regular entrant to the Competition and is an excellent example of the County’s rural communities. It is pleasing to see winning villages from across Northamptonshire and we hope to see more communities entering this high profile Competition next year. We are still looking for new judges and I would be pleased to provide details to any prospective judge of what is involved. We would like to thank Hollowell’s Funeral Plans whose generous sponsorship ensures the continuation of this Northamptonshire Competition.’’