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Tops for Kirkby Stephen

August 1, 2009

Kirkby Stephen has been crowned England’ top village after beating  four other contenders to scoop the Calor Village of the Year title 2009.

Judges examined key areas including community, business, sustainability and communications within the village and as the nation’s top village, residents will benefit from a  £10,000 boost to invest back into community projects.

Judges commented on Kirkby Stephen: “This community displays a breadth of vision seldom found elsewhere – with an inward focus that ensures all residents are cared for, supported and empowered whilst playing a key role in the wider community.

“With a great range of activities on offer for residents of all ages, efforts being made to cement good relations between the different age groups within the community, and an active and imaginative businesses community, Kirkby Stephen really is a vibrant, caring and successful community – and a thoroughly deserving winner of this fantastic accolade.”

In addition to the prize money  Kirkby Stephen will be hosting a community party. The celebration is due to take place in September when residents will have the opportunity to come together and celebrate their success in style.

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