Hoxne has been crowned Mid Suffolk District Council’s Village of the Year.
The village will now be put forward to the county-wide round of the competition, in which a community will be judged the best in Suffolk later this month.
Hoxne was chosen after a judging team of district councillors visited the competition’s entrants late last month with every judge finding something about each village which could have sealed a win.
The village wins a £300 cash prize to be used on a village activity or celebration and a commemorative village sign, to be retained for two years, to recognise the achievement.
Councillor Derrick Haley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “Our villages and communities are the lifeblood of Mid Suffolk. I know how special they all are and I am convinced that Hoxne will be an excellent representative of our district in the next round of the county competition.”
Villages were marked on community spirit, general appearance, how well the parish council is run, and special events ran in the community.
District finalists are now entered into the semi-final round, with three villages proceeding to the final.
The overall winner will receive a £1,000 prize, a plaque, a certificate, and becoming Suffolk Village of the Year.