Spratton wins prizes at the calor village of the year competition
Back in the early summer a number of people representing the societies of Spratton met for coffee in the King's Head and were quizzed by the judges of the Calor Village of the Year Competition. The three judges were then taken on a whistle-stop tour so that they could see for themselves some of the things they had been told about why Spratton was such a special village to live in. The judges were looking to see how communities were responding to the current environmental and economic challenges facing us all and what use they were making of local opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all residents. Each village entering the competition had exactly two hour to put their case across.
On 21st July we were invited to the Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton to hear the results. Pat Polack of the W.I. and Enid Jarvis, Editor of the Parish Newsletter, went along with representatives from many other villages in the east of the county.
The competition is run by Northamptonshire ACRE. David Scudamore, Chair of the Calor Village of the Year Judges, commented: "Our congratulations go to every village in this year's competition. The judges were very impressed by the community spirit in all the villages, and found it extremely difficult to identify the best villages, which says a great deal about the quality of life in Northamptonshire's rural communities."
We were delighted when Spratton was announced as the Best Newcomer to the competition and presented with a framed certificate and a silver rose bowl. In the main competition Spratton came third in the Medium Village category and received a Highly Commended certificate.
David Scudamore, Chair of ACRE, (left) presented the cup to Enid Jarvis (Editor of Parish Newsletter), with Pat Polack (representing the WI) and Brian Challis from Calor, the sponsors of the competition
David Scudamore, Chair of ACRE, (left) presented the cup to Enid Jarvis (Editor of Parish Newsletter), with Pat Polack (representing the WI) and Brian Challis from Calor, the sponsors of the competition.