Wymeswold named as Leicestershire's "Best Village"


Wymeswold has been named as the 'Best Village' in Leicestershire & Rutland after winning the category for villages with a population between 1000 and 2000 people in the 2008 competition run by the Leicestershire Rural Community Council.

Representatives from the village attended the awards ceremony in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Glenfield on Tuesday 2nd September, and were delighted when the village was unveiled at the category winner in the competition, sponsored by Calor, open to every village in Leicestershire and Rutland .

Nick Shaw, Chairman of Wymeswold Parish Council, commented:

"This is a tremendous achievement for Wymeswold, reflecting the great range of activities, clubs, societies and community projects which take place in the village".

After an initial entry submission, a panel of judges visited the village in June for a presentation and were impressed after learning about over fifty diverse clubs, societies, organisations and projects - ranging from Pre-school Playgroups to the Senior Citizen Community Club, and from the Book Clubs to the Wymeswold Runners & Wheelers.

Nick Shaw added:

"On top of that we have major events such as the Duck Race, the Wymeswold Waddle, the Garden Walkabout, the Wymeswold Pantomime, the Safari Suppers and also our Washdyke & Community Orchard Project. All these activities - and many others - help to make Wymeswold such a great village to live in and be a part of. Thank you to everyone who gets involved with village organisations and helps out in some way in their own time. You have all helped us to win this award."

Apart from a commemorative framed certificate, the village also wins £100 to be donated to the Washdyke & Community Orchard Project.