Top award given to Weedon

Weedon Bec has been judged to be the third best village in the county.

The Northamptonshire Best Village Competition winners for 2014 saw them finish behind Helmdon and Stanwick.

Weedon Bec was also a runner up in the large village category while Flore was highly commended in the medium villages category.

The winners were revealed at a ceremony on Tuesday last week at Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton.

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.

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.’’