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 and The Royal Bath & West of England Society 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, is named winner at the opening ceremony of the The Royal Bath & West Show.
The winners of the Prince of Wales Award 2017 are St John’s Place, Bemerton.
This was a project that began in 2008, to bring a disused Grade 2 listed Victorian Church back into community use. After protracted negotiations with the diocesan authorities and conservationists with the aim of satisfying the wishes of the local community, the magnificent sum of £700,000 was raised to bring the project to fruition, and the building was reopened in June 2016. It now serves as a regular extra space for the local primary school, exercise classes, after school and holiday play schemes, a film club, and by keeping the chancel consecrated, both church and civil marriages are possible, with many receptions and parties taking place in the unconsecrated nave.
The runners up were: