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21st January, 2015

This Award is open to community organisations, schools, colleges and groups which have, through their own initiative, brought about improvements to the lives of the rural population in a sustainable manner.

The Award is intended to embrace a wide range of schemes where there has been a genuine attempt to move forward in a resourceful and inventive way to the benefit of a rural Community.

Examples of such projects would be:-

a) The communal buying of a local asset e.g. to preserve a village shop, post office or public house.
b) The development of allotments by villagers without gardens to grow their own vegetables for their own or village consumption.
c) The collection and conversion of village waste into compost for the use of the community.

The Award is open to all communities across Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Shortlisted communities will be visited by three judges representing the Royal Bath & West of England Society and the Duchy of Cornwall, who will decide which organisation, has made the most outstanding contribution to improving the lives of their community.

Finalists will receive complimentary tickets to the Royal Bath & West Show and the overall winner of the competition will receive £1000 in prize money and a memento from HRH The Prince of Wales which the winning group must use to further their community initiatives.

Entries for the competition close 10 April and entry forms are available from

The early bird tickets will be on sale until April 7. Each adult ticket costs £17 and includes two children admitted free. Additional children £3. Advance saver prices from 8 April 2015 -26 May 2015 are £19 for an adult including two children admitted free, £5 for additional child. Gate prices are £22 adult, £7 child and £49 family and new for 2015 £20 Concessions with proof of ID for disabled/carers, students and senior citizens.

For more information please contact:
Julie Kitching (Marketing)
The Royal Bath & West of England Society
Tel: 01749 822235

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