News Archive ~ We are Midlands Village of the Year 2001!!!


The people of Lubenham are celebrating news that we have won the Central Region Calor Gas/Daily Telegraph Village of the Year competition for England and Wales.

“We are all elated, it is just fantastic,” said Lubenham’s Village of the Year co-ordinator, John Martin.

Lubenham were nominated for Village of the Year by Leicestershire Rural Community Council and were up against villages from Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Shropshire.

The Regional Village of the Year judges commented: ‘The presentation and enthusiasm shown by all involved indicated the warmth of feeling for the village and those living in it. A village appraisal was carried out and the views of the villagers were taken on board and acted upon. This has resulted in galvanising the village into action and getting things done; one example being the restoring of post office facilities for the village.'

‘The strength of community spirit was demonstrated after one of the largest employers in the village, a textile company, suffered a damaging fire which closed the factory. Villagers had helped to fight the fire until the Fire Brigade arrived. Now the factory workers are working from their homes to keep production going until the premises can be rebuilt.'

‘In each of the five competition categories there were excellent examples of how Lubenham responds to the needs of the community and the judges were unanimous in their choice of the village as Central Region winner’

"We had several rehearsals ahead of the judging. One was two days beforehand when we had an open meeting for the entire village. It was the first time I remember the village hall being packed to capacity,” said John.

“We worked pretty hard but our main concern was that we should not let Leicestershire down."

Click to read an account of the process by Diana Cook


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