Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, presented Alan Denness, Chairman of Kingsclere Parish Council, with the Village of the Year Award. They now go forward to the National Final on October 14th.
At the ceremony, 9 Hampshire villages received subsidiary awards for their achievements in particular areas - Abbotts Ann winning IT Winner for the village website. Other winners included Wallington, Colden Common, Hambledon, Liss, Michelmarsh & Timsbury and Lockerley.
"Kingsclere deserves congratulations for their achievement; listening to the presentations from the runners-up, the competition was very stiff. I believe they won because, on top of what they do for Young People, for the Environment, for Affordable Housing and for Road Safety, they had a very good story on policing. They have Stewart Packham - an excellent Special Constable with his weekly surgeries in the Village Centre, and PC Andy Reid, who is very popular and effective."
"It was uplifting to hear of all the good work going on in Hampshire Villages - setting up shops, transport schemes, sporting initiatives. I wish Kingsclere all the best in the Final Round."