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This ever popular competition offers community initiated projects the chance to win a prize of £1,000 along with the prestige that the endorsement brings.

The award is intended for projects that are run by the people, for the people with the option for the whole community to become involved.

A panel of judges made up of representatives from The Duchy of Cornwall, The Royal Bath & West of England Society and previous Prince of Wales Award winners has the difficult task of compiling a shortlist before visiting each of the finalists.

The project which is deemed to play the strongest part in its local community, and that has clear long term viability, will be named winner with the award presented to them at The Royal Bath & West Show.

The 2019 Prince of Wales Award went to Kempley Produce Market, Gloucestershire. The market was chosen as it played the strongest part in its local community and had long term viability. It provides a venue for local residents to meet on an informal and regular basis, vitally important given the village’s remoteness, lack of transport and elderly population. It also offers a platform for local food producers, promoting an ethos of sustainability and resilience, with profits going towards funding a renewable energy scheme for the village hall.

Cirencester Open Air Pool project were also recognised with a ‘Highly Commended’ citation.

Entry for the 2020 Award will open soon.