SOUTH NORTHANTS TOPS THE BOARD IN BEST VILLAGE CONTEST
By James Bryce
It was a good night for South Northamptonshire after its villages scooped all the top three places in this year’s best village competition.
More than 50 villagers and other guests gathered on Tuesday evening at the Hunsbury Hill Centre in Harksome Hill, Northampton, to hear the results of the 2016 Northamptonshire Best Village Competition.
The village of Helmdon was the overall winner of the competition, gaining the prestigious title of the 2016 Northamptonshire Best Village and winning the £1,000 to be used for village projects. Helmdon was also winner of the Medium Village category.
The judges said: “Helmdon is a vibrant community with many regular activities involving people of all age groups and adjoining villages.
“The village has a caring and friendly environment in which to live and work where there is a true spirit of neighbourliness.”
Syresham was the runner-up, having also been runner-up in the Medium Village group. Blakesley came third overall, after being named the winner of the Newcomers Cup and winner of the small village category.
The Best Village Competition, sponsored by Hollowell’s Funeral Plans, 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, sustainability, the provision for the younger and more senior residents, the village websites, local business involvement as well as tidiness and the welcome visitors receive.
David Scudamore, chairman of the 2016 Best Village Competition, said: “The successful villages all introduced the judges to a wide cross–section of their inhabitants and village activities.
“We would like to thank every village for making the judges’ visits informative, interesting and enjoyable.”
The county co-ordinator, Barron Walton, added: “Helmdon is to be congratulated on winning the 2016 Best Village Completion. Helmdon has been a regular participant in the competition and is an excellent example of the quality of the county’s rural communities.
“We hope that 2017 will see even more villages competing for the title of Northamptonshire’s Best Village.”
The Brackley & Towcester Advertiser – 15 July 2016