Byfield named among the top villages in the country

Byfield breakfast, Byfield village hall NNL-140317-113633001
Byfield breakfast, Byfield village hall NNL-140317-113633001

Byfield has been named as one of the top 101 places in the UK to live by the Sunday Times.

The village was praised for its community spirit, transport links, low crime rate and the quality of its local school.

Byfield, with a population of around 1,250, was included for the first time this year and is only one of two places in Northamptonshire to be listed, along with Yardley Hastings.

The accolade came in part one of The Sunday Times’ annual Best Places To Live supplement, published on Sunday.

The guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance.

Byfield’s large number of clubs and groups was highlighted, including the Big Breakfast Club which was featured in the Daventry Express a few weeks ago.

Parish chairman John Gillic said: “It’s good to have been included. Byfield is like a lot of villages in this area – they’re attractive, well kept and convenient places for people to live.

“Byfield in particular is well served – we have shops, the pub and the village club. We have lots of recreational facilities and clubs and organisations.

“People come from other villages to use those services and facilities too.

“I’ve lived here 11 years, and before that I was in Boddington. I feel safe in the village and all of the people I meet are happy and engaging.

“The community spirit is good and there’s always a lot going on with all the clubs and associations – we’re a bit of a hub for the surrounding area really. We get people coming here from Woodford Halse, which is a bigger village.

“Generally, we’re flattered to have been included.”

The places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

But it’s not all welcomes news. Angela Weller, Daventry Express acting village correspondent, said: “It could be a double-edged sword. Could it put house prices up, which could cause problems? Or will developers look at this list and see the places as ideal locations for new homes?

“The article mentioned pubs, but not the one in Byfield, only those in neighbouring villages.”