Bro Machno, the Conwy valley community of Penmachno and Cwm Penmachno, was announced as the winning Conwy Village 2018 during an awards event on Thursday 11 October at The Eagles in Llanwrst.
Dolgarrog, Eglwysbach, Llangernyw and Ysbyty Ifan were all highly commended.
Dei Tomos, CPRW Vice President, journalist and broadcaster presenting the Award, said “Congratulations Bro Machno. You impressed the judges with the positive way you have responded to the challenges facing so many of our villages here in North Wales following the loss of quarrying and other employment opportunities. Penmachno used to have 24 shops, now has none, but you have re-opened the church as a focus for the community and in Cwm Penmachno you have converted the chapel into a real community hub, hosting activities throughout the year. The Heritage Room celebrates the history and culture of the area. Your latest venture “Cwm Neighbours” provides a variety of practical help and information to local people, especially on health and wellbeing. The community of Bro Machno works as a team clearing invasive plants, providing walking guides for the area, and trails for mountain bikes and horse across the valley.”
He congratulated and thanked all those who had entered for their valuable contribution in keeping their villages truly alive by ensuring there are wonderful facilities and activities for local people to be involved in.
The competition is a brand-new take on the Best Kept Village Award, organised by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) and supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust. The independent judging panel of five were looking far beyond just the physical appearance of villages - for evidence of real community involvement, vibrant village life and a care for the environment. They studied the information supplied by the villages before visiting each one more than once.
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