Rothersthorpe, Rothersthorpe Parish Council

Rothersthorpe Village Awards

ACRE Northamptonshire Highly Commended Village 2019

The Overall Best Village award for 2019 went to Glapthorn who also took home the Newcomers Rose Bowl and the Best Small Village Cup. A fantastic achievement! Representatives of Glapthorn are pictured receiving their Best Overal Village award from Lord Lieutenant David Laing, President of Northamptonshire ACRE and of CPRE Northamptonshire.

Braunston was the Best Medium Village

East Hunsbury was the Best Large Village.

Helmdon and Rothersthorpe were both awarded Highly Commended for their villages.

Congratulations to eveyone who won and to all the villages that took part. A fantastic achievement by everyone.

ACRE Northamptonshire Best Small Village 2018

The Northamptonshire Best Village Competition celebrates the initiative and resourcefulness of over 300 villages in the county and is a chance for people living in those rural communities to showcase what is great about their village and what they like about living there. The Competition is run annually and is based on the two essential criteria of:

  • Why would you want to live in this village?
  • Why would you want to visit this village?

These two criteria combined are intended to ask the question: what are the 'Wow' factors of the village. The Competition looks at all aspects of village life: community and social activities and cohesion, sustainability, the provision for the younger and more senior residents, the use of IT and social media, local business involvement as well as tidiness and the welcome visitors receive. It is also an opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to work together to bring about improvements in their village.


Villages enter one of the following categories depending upon their size:

  • Small Village - for those with a population of 500 or fewer. Rothersthorpe won this category in 2018
  • Medium Village - for populations of 501 - 3000. Weedon Bec won this category in 2018
  • Large Village - for those with a population between 3001 - 6000. Moulton won this category in 2018
  • Newcomers Cup - this is awarded to a village that has not entered before but is ajudged to be the best newcomer village that year.
Credit ACRE Northamptonshire

Credit ACRE Northamptonshire

ACRE Northamptonshire Highly Commended Village 2017

The competition is organised every year by Northamptonshire ACRE, a countywide, independent charitable organisation working with rural communities in Northamptonshire to improve their quality of life, especially the disadvantaged. The Competition celebrates community spirit and the quality of life in the County's villages.

The awards presentation took place at the grade II listed Hunsbury Hill Centre, a group of late 18th century model farm buildings owned by the charity, sitting in 13 acres of woodland, gardens and grounds, and is the HQ for the charity.

Hollowells Funeral Plans have sponsored the event for many years and as usual Paul and Annette Hollowell attended to present the awards to all the winning villages.

Small Village Category:

Winner: Syresham

Runner Up: Evenley

Highly Commended: Rothersthorpe

Hollowells congratulate ALL the winners, runners up and highly commended villages for all their efforts.