Cottingham a winner in best village competition

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Cottingham was voted the best medium-sized village in the county, impressing with its community spirit and facilities.

It won the title in the Northamptonshire’s 2012 Best Village Competition.

Last night (Tuesday, July 24), around 80 villagers and guests gathered to hear the results at a ceremony at Hunsbury Hill Centre, in Northampton. Wilbarston was placed third in the same category.

Blisworth was the overall winner of the competition, with Old in second place and Little Hougthon voted third.

Annette and Paul Hollowell, representing the competition’s sponsor B Hollowell & Son Funeral Plans, presented the winners’ cups and certificates.

Yelvertoft, the winner of the Conservation Churchyard competition, was presented with a trophy by The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Donald Allister.

The competition, run by volunteers, looks at all aspects of village life, including community and social activities, local businesses, sustainability, provision for the young and elderly residents, as well as tidiness and the welcome visitors receive.

David Scudamore, chairman of the 2012 Best Village Competition, said: “We would like to complement every village that entered this year’s competition. We recognise the time and effort villagers put into the success of their communities and we would like to thank all the villages for making the competition judges so welcome.

“Our difficulty in deciding this years best villages reflects the varied nature and the quality of life in the county’s rural communities.”

Last year villagers in Cottingham launched a community enterprise when they opened the Village Store and Cafe.

A community-run enterprise which was launched less than a year ago is already making a profit and has a bright future.

Around 180 local shareholders are involved in the venture which has been a huge success, making a profit in its first 12 months.

The store and cafe was set up in a property which had been empty for many years and it has helped put the heart back into the village.