Crick crowned village of year

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Crick has been named as the 2013 Northamptonshire Village of the Year.

A ceremony was held at Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton on Tuesday. Crick won Best Large Village and was also named the overall village of the year. The Bringtons were named Small Village of the Year while Weedon Bec came runner up in Best Large Village and third place in best overall village. Flore also came highly commended in Best Medium Village.

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The competition, now in its fourth year, is run entirely by local volunteers from Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and looks at all aspects of village life including community and social activities, sustainability, the provision for the younger and more senior residents and tidiness.

Chair of the competition David Scudamore said: “Our congratulations go to every village that entered the 2013 Competition. We are very aware that successful communities put a great deal of time and effort into preparing for the competition. The judges had even more difficulty this year in deciding on the winning villages reflecting the quality of Northamptonshire’s rural communities. We would like to thank all the villages for making the judge’s visits so enjoyable.”

The county coordinator of the competition Robert Herring said: “The village of Crick is a deserving winner of the Northamptonshire Best Village Competition. Crick has been a regular entrant to the competition and is an excellent example of the county’s rural communities.

“We look forward to even more communities entering this high profile competition next year.”

The event was sponsored by B.Hollowell & Son Funeral Plans.

The full results are:

Overall Winner: Crick, runner-up Syresham, third place Weedon Bec.

Large Village: Winner Crick, runner-up Weedon Bec, Highly Commended Silverstone and Stanwick

Medium Village: Winner Syresham, runner-up Helmdon, Highly Commended Flore

Small Village: Winner The Bringtons, runner-up Ashton, Highly Commended Lois Weedon and Weston

Newcomers Cup: Winner The Bringtons, runner-up Ashton, Highly Commended Ringstead