A STANFORD-le-Hope play group has been named the most popular in a prestigious competition run by the website Netmums.com

Bonkers Playgroup, based at Homesteads village hall, won the accolade following a vote on the website, one of the UK’s largest parenting sites.

Georgina Cox and Karen Warren took on the playgroup, which is open to children from birth to pre-school age, in February 2011.

In a joint statement, the pair said: “The Netmums awards are the parenting Oscars so we are delighted to have won.

“It’s an award for everyone involved in Bonkers Playgroup, from the staff to the parents and carers and, of course, the kids.

“We try hard to make the group the best it can be.”