Northamptonshire Village Awards 2020

Northamptonshire Village Awards 2020



The Northamptonshire Village Awards 2020 are now open for you to enter your wonderful village. Download the application form here.

The Northamptonshire Village Awards are a wonderful way for residents to showcase their rural community as well as a chance to audit village life and build for the future. ‘’We knew that our village is special, so we decided to go for it!’’ says 2019 Winners Glapthorn Village Parish Secretary, Elizabeth Garnish. “We simply could not believe our success when the results were announced…We are all so proud to see our trophies and certificates on display – fitting tributes to our amazing community spirit”. Glapthorn representatives are shown here receiving their cup and certificate from the Lord Lieutenant David Laing.

If you would like to showcase your village why not enter the Northamptonshire Village Awards 2020. Any group can enter the awards not just the Parish Council, although we recommend you have the Council's backing. These awards, sponsored by CPRE Northamptonshire, are open to all villages in the county with a population under 10,000 and entrants have the opportunity of being awarded the Best Overall Village 2020, just like Glapthorn was in 2019. Villages can apply from now until 28th February 2020 and the judges will visit each entrant during April and May to assess them. Once all the judging is complete, the Awards Evening, celebrating all entrants, will take place on Tuesday 14th July 2020 at 7pm at the Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton.

For the first time this year, every entrant to the competition will receive either a Bronze, Silver or Gold level award. These will be awarded based upon how well the village does across a range of criteria. The judges will be looking for all aspects of village life ranging from its facilities and amenities, local activities, tidiness and presentation, environment and sustainability and most importantly community spirit! Elaine O’Leary, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire ACRE, the charity that administers the competition, said “The judges are always impressed by the innovative and extensive services they see in the participating villages and that so many are thriving in these difficult times”.

How to Enter:

The application process to enter for 2020 is now open and will run until  the closing date of 28th February 2020. To enter please complete the following:

  • Application form – stating whether you are entering the full competition, the Best Creative Use of Communal Space or both.
  • You are welcome to enclose a supporting statement of up to 500 words. What is put in the statement is entirely up to the village, but you might want to say what you feel is great about your village, examples of the community life going on, why you believe people should move there, the work being done to make the village sustainable and even what is being done to reduce social isolation for your residents. A supporting statement can be enclosed for the Best Creative Use of Communal Space as well.
  • There is a standard fee of £30 to enter the full Northamptonshire Village Awards and a £10 fee to enter the Best Creative Use of Communal Space category. Details of how to pay are listed on the back of the application form.

Once you have completed your application form, you can return it to us along with any statement and fee and we will send more information about what our judges will be looking for when they visit your village:

  • By post to Northamptonshire ACRE, Hunsbury Hill Centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton NN4 9QX
  • Or by e-mail to [email protected]

Download the flyer here. We look forward to receiving your entry form. The closing date for entries is Friday 28th February 2020. Good Luck!

Would you like to join our judging panel for 2020? Click here

CPRE Northamptonshire

Like 2019, CPRE Northamptonshire (Campaign to Protect Rural England), will be the sponsors of the Northamptonshire Village Awards for 2020. The organisation share many common values and like us, CPRE recognises the importance of community involvement as well as the care for the natural and built environment, which creates not just an attractive village but a vibrant community. Together we want to encourage initiatives by the village community and the provision of facilities for all the population. We are very pleased to have CPRE as a partner and look forward to receiving the village entries in the Northamptonshire Village Awards. 

  In addition, CPRE’s long-established Litter Heroes Competition winners will also be announced at the Awards Evening on 14th July 2020. This competition, thanks to the support of the Lord Lieutenant David Laing, as President of both Northamptonshire ACRE and  CPRE, is now known as the ‘David Laing Litter Awards’.  The attached photo shows the representative frm Warmington receiving their cheque of £450 as winner of the Large Community Award. If your village or community wants to enter the David Laing Litter Awards 2020, please contact CPRE Northamptonshire.

Presentation Evening

The winners of all the awards and the David Laing Litter Heroes will be announced at the Presentation Evening on Tuesday 14th July 2020 at The Hunsbury Hill Centre. Further details about the Presentation Evening will be sent out nearer the time.

2019 Best Village Competition winners

Details of last year's winners in the Best Village Competition categories, including the overall winner, can be found here.