Hundon recognised as most active large village in county

Winners and finalists celebrate at the Most Active County Town and Village awards presentation on the Ipswich Waterfront.
Small Village winners Jill Kent and Tracey Tompkins from Mendham; Town winner Mark Cordell from Bury St Edmunds and  Small Village winners Jan McLardy and Catherine Clark from Hundon ANL-160315-194255009
Winners and finalists celebrate at the Most Active County Town and Village awards presentation on the Ipswich Waterfront. Small Village winners Jill Kent and Tracey Tompkins from Mendham; Town winner Mark Cordell from Bury St Edmunds and Small Village winners Jan McLardy and Catherine Clark from Hundon ANL-160315-194255009

The wide range of activities on offer in Hundon been recognised with the award of the Most Active Large Village in Suffolk title.

The village was presented with the honour during a ceremony held by Suffolk County Council, which runs the competition celebrating towns and villages promoting active lifestyles, in Ipswich.

After being nominated for the award by Jan McLardy, trustee of the Village Hall and the Playfield secretary, earlier in the year Hundon was shortlisted for the final stage of the competition up against Long Melford and East Bergholt.

Judges determined that the wide scope of activities available in Hundon placed it ahead of its rivals.

“We didn’t think we had much chance as the other villages are bigger,” said Mrs McLardy.

“We are thrilled to bits and it makes you realise how much we have going on here.”

The majority of the activities take place around the village hall complex, where there is a playing field, all-weather floodlit astro-turf pitch and a community shop, which has been operating for 15 years and is staffed by volunteers.

Fun Bowls has recently been set up in the village and a ladies fit camp aimed at young mums after they have dropped their children off at school, has also been established.

Other sporting pursuits in the village include tai chi, Pilates and indoor bowls, as well as badminton, dance, football and hockey.

“We are very unusual in the county in the amount we do and are currently raising money for changing rooms by the playing fields,” said Mrs McLardy.

Long Melford came in second in the large village category, while East Bergholt claimed the highly commended slot.

In the town section Bury St Edmunds was awarded the top spot, with Kesgrave and Newmarket filling the other positions.

Mendham clinched the most active small village title.