The North Wales Rural Community Awards are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in North Wales’s countryside.
A celebration of the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Wales.
Wales has a greater proportion of its population living in rural areas than in other parts of Britain. Many of these areas have poor or non-existent public transport, a lack of affordable housing and a lack of key local services such as schools, post offices, banks, GPs and now even pubs.
Communities throughout Wales are having to strive to find their own solutions to these challenges.
We want to honour and celebrate those pioneering communities who have successfully worked together, creating community spirit or retaining local services. These awards recognise how the community as a whole is nurtured and benefits from a sense of mutual support.
Thank you to all of the communities who took part in the awards.
This year’s award was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust.
The five finalists in Conwy were Dolgarrog, Eglwysbach, Llangernyw, Ysbyty Ifan and Bro Machno.
The overall winner was Bro Machno with a most impressive presentation and photographs.
In the village of Penmachno they had first hand evidence of the effect of de-population, lack of employment and affordable housing, a village which once boasted of 24 shops now unable to sustain a single one. The church which closed in 1997 was re-opened in 2009 and now acts as a focus for the community, providing a self-service coffee shop, second hand books etc.
In Cwm Penmachno the old Wesleyan Methodist chapel has been converted into a community centre with a Heritage Room, celebrating the history and culture of the Machno area - hosting a variety of activities throughout the year.
The latest venture “Cwm Neighbours” provides a variety of practical help and information about services available to local people especially with regard to health and wellbeing. The community works as a team in an effort to clear Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. They are also producing and updating a walking guide for the area.
The diligent people of Bro Machno are responsible for providing a whole range of interesting and unusual activities for the villagers including providing a Mountain Bike Trail, a menage and a number of horse trails across the valley ensuring a safe place for riders.
A huge congratulations Bro Machno!
A huge thank you to all of the communities who entered the competition!
The applications are currently being assessed.
We're looking forward to sharing the details of the finalists and overall winner soon.