Residents overwhelmed by best village success

Residents of Blisworth receiving the 2012 Best Village Award.
Residents of Blisworth receiving the 2012 Best Village Award.

RESIDENTS of a canalside village in south Northants have been left overwhelmed after scooping three awards, including the top prize, on its first entry into the Northants Best Village competition.

Pat Masterman, chairman of Blisworth Parish Council attended the awards ceremony in Northampton on Tuesday night and said: “We’re all still a bit overwhelmed by it to be honest. We’d already received the best new comer award and best large village award. When they started descriding the winner, we were saying to each other ‘it couldn’t be us.’ It was a total shock, but absolutely fantastic.”

Mrs Masterman said they entered the competition after residents suggested the village enter in responce to a consultation on the Parish Plan. Mrs Masteman said residents had a big role to play, and three of them filled in the 17 page entry form.

Judges spoke about the village’s new Scout Hall opened this year, the lively pub, the fact the village has retained it post office and the good sense of ccommunity.

Mrs Masterman said a project to create a 19ft tapestry depicting the history of Blisworth had brought people together and resulted in a number spin off groups.

The competition is run by volunteers through Northants ACRE, and sponsored by B.Hollowell & Son Funeral Plans.

Competition co-ordinator, Robert Herring was delighted with the 2012 competition and added: “The winning village of Blisworth is clearly an excellent example of Northamptonshire villages.”

Visit www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk for a picture of the winning delegation.