2017 saw a record number of 25 entries for the biennial Town and Country Awards. Entries included gardens, restoration projects, shops and a petrol station.
The five winners received their awards at a most enjoyable carol singing evening held at Easton Neston Church on 3rd December. Dr Martin Gaskell, chairman of CPRE Northamptonshire, CPRE presented plaques to the successful entries, which were:
- Sulby Gardens, Sulby. The restoration and development of the walled gardens of Sulby Hall, which had been demolished in 1952, by Mrs Alison Lowes and her late husband. The gardens include a collection of over 60 varieties of apple, wildlife habits, a restored greenhouse and an icehouse. The gardens are regularly open to the public for charity.
- Roade Petrol Service Station and Shop, Roade. An innovatively designed petrol filling station and small local supermarket on a main road location, designed by Adcock Associated of Stratford for Mr Navaratnam.
- Waterside Housing, Monksmoor Park, Daventry. A large housing development by national house builders, Crest Nicholson, using a distinctive architectural style with a good interface with the adjacent open countryside
- Stoke Doyle. Conversion of redundant stone farm buildings at Mr Gent's Farm by Mr Peter Moules of Village House Ltd, retaining traditional features and materials, to provide ten new dwellings within this small community.
- Jacques’s Yard, 71-75 High Street Thrapston. Restoration and conversion of eighteenth century grade II listed buildings in the heart of this historic market town, by Mr Frank McBride of Rosguill Developments Ltd.
A wide ranging and fascinating group of winners. Thank you to all who provided nominations.