THE village of Gresford has been awarded the title of Calor Village of the Year in Wales in the Older People category.
The judges of the competition assess communities on six aspects of village life.
There are categories in community life, business, young people, older people, the environment and, judged separately, information communication technology (ICT).
Gresford was competing against villages from Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwent, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Vale of Glamorgan.
Community councillors Helen Williams and Jenny Dutton represented Gresford and were presented with a framed certificate and £500 prize money by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, well-known for his Channel 4 River Cottage series, and Calor's managing director, Howard Kerr, at an awards lunch in London.
Hugh said: 'The Calor Village of the Year competition is such a positive activity for the villages taking part because it encourages them to take a proactive approach to tackling local issues.
'On a wider basis, the competition promotes best practice and allows communities to share their ideas and successes.
'The communities represented here today are good examples of rural villages working hard to provide for all their residents, from the very youngest to the oldest, and I would like to offer them my congratulations.'
The judges looked for well-balanced, pro-active caring communities which, irrespective of size, have made the best of local opportunities to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all residents.
In Gresford, which was nominated to take part in the competition by the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham, senior citizens play a very active role in the community. They are represented on the community council as well as many other social groups in the village, which enables younger generations to share in their knowledge and experience.
A number of clubs and organisations also exist specifically for older people, for example a retirement club meets twice a month offering a variety of activities from travel talks to advice on money matters.
For those with particular needs, services such as home helps, voluntary visitors and sheltered housing are provided in the village.
The judges said: 'We were most impressed with the way elderly residents are cared for in Gresford and with the wide-ranging facilities available to them.'
Howard Kerr said: 'Once again the Calor Village of the Year competition has brought to the fore the excellent work that rural communities throughout England and Wales are carrying out. Like Hugh, I would like to congratulate, and also thank, each and every village that has taken part, whether they have won an award or not.
'With this competition the benefits go far deeper than prize money or success - simply entering enables communities to get together to celebrate and take stock of what they have achieved. By passing these success stories on to a wider audience, it is hoped the Calor Village of the Year competition will encourage similar activity in other communities.'