The village of Helmdon has been recognised as the best in Northamptonshire for 2014.
About 60 villagers and guests gathered at the Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton on July 15 to see the Best Village Competition trophy collected by Helmdon Parish Council chairman Peter Burns and councillors Eddie Garner and Sarah Adhemar.
Mr Burns said: “We were absolutely thrilled to win, we went in good hope as we didn’t know who had won on the day. A lot of organisation went on in the village to get us to the presentation evening, so it was great to get rewarded with the best village.”
The competition is now in its fifth year and 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. 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 village finished top in the medium villages section, with Syresham coming second, and beat Stanwick and Weedon Bec to become the overall winner of this year’s competition.
Mr Burns said: “This win reflects on the village as a whole because people are so active, doing a lot of things. I have been living here for 40 years and it is a warm, friendly and welcoming place to be.”