Llanfairfechan was proud to be voted “Calor Village of the Year” in 2009, having been nominated by Llanfairfechan resident, William Legge.
The Calor Village of the Year competition ran between 1996 and 2009 with the specific aim of encouraging and rewarding sustainable, enterprising and vibrant rural communities across Britain. Thousands of villages benefited from taking part, at both county and national level, through working together, engendering a genuine sense of community spirit.
The competition rewarded well-balanced, pro-active, caring communities which, irrespective of size, made the best of local opportunities to create a sustainable future and cope with environmental change.
The overriding theme of the competition was sustainability – encouraging villages to look forward. With this in mind, the competition focused on four areas of village life – Community, Business, Sustainability and Communications.
It was reported in the Daily Post regional newspaper thus:
Llanfairfechan crowned N.Wales finest village
Daily Post, 28 July 2009
PROUD residents of Llanfairfechan are celebrating after it was revealed that they live in the 2009 Calor Village of the Year for North Wales.
Llanfairfechan fought off competition from Llandegla to be named the region’s top village and residents will benefit from prize money totalling £2,000 to invest into community projects.
The village was just pipped for the national title, which was won by Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys – the Mid & West Wales winner and 2009 Calor Village of the Year for Wales.
The competition judges said: “Llanfairfechan is a real hive of activity, and there is a genuine community ‘feel’ to the village.
Calor Village of the Year manager, Holly Sims added: “Once again this competition has brought to our attention some outstanding examples of rural village communities that are carrying out some fantastic projects and making great achievements, often in the face of adversity, on a day to day basis.
“Every year we never fail to be impressed by the standard of the villages that take part, so our warm congratulations go to Llanfairfechan as one of our regional winners.”