Crick has been named the best village in Northamptonshire.
Around 80 villagers and guests gathered on Tuesday evening to hear the results of the 2013 Northamptonshire Best Village Competition.
They were announced at the presentation evening ceremony held in Northampton.
This competition celebrates community spirit and the quality of life in the county’s villages.
The village of Crick was the overall winner of the competition gaining the prestigious title of the 2013 Northamptonshire Best Village.
The village of Syresham was the runner up, while Weedon Bec came third.
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 fourth year of its current format, was saved in 2010 by the generous sponsorship of B. Hollowell & Son Funeral Plans.
The judges commended Crick for having a good range of clubs and activities, an active community organising annual events such as an art festival and the Scarecrow Weekend plus local walks and pub/restaurants to welcome visitors.
David Scudamore, Chair of the 2013 Best Village Competition, 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 co-ordinator, Robert Herring added: “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. We are still looking for new judges and I will happily provide details to any prospective judge of what is involved. We would like to thank B.Hollowell & Son Funeral Plans whose generous sponsorship ensures the continuation of this Northamptonshire competition.”