Winner – Lyvennet Community Pub The Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth, Penrith, Cumbria, 01931 715722
Simon says: “Still a very new venture – the Butchers Arms only opened its doors last summer but this community-pub has been saved by an extraordinary and tenacious group of villagers who recognized that when the pub closed in 2009 something had to be done to retain such a vital element of the fabric of village life. Believing that “Local ownership leads to support” this community owned and run enterprise has demonstrated this in spades, with share holders from as far afield as Australia. The pub is now thriving, has been sensitively developed, enjoying increased turnover and now local people, including hunts and nearby shoots, have a great place in to meet and enjoy their community.”
Highly commended – R Fiddlers Lancashire Crisps, Rufford, Lancashire, 01704 823572
Local Food category
Winner: The Hollies Farm Shop, Little Budworth, Tarporley, Cheshire
Village Shop/ Post Office category
Winner: Antrobus Community Shop and PO, Antrobus, Knutsford, Northwich, Cheshire,
The Countryside Alliance Awards
Welcome to the website of the Countryside Alliance Awards, the Countryside Alliance’s unique annual celebration of rural life, produce and communities. Nicknamed “The Rural Oscars” these awards are broad in scope, highly coveted and a great morale boost to those in the running. The Countryside Alliance is the leading voice of rural Britain, and our Awards complement our wide ranging support and promotion of rural life.
The categories are as follows:
Local Food Award
Daily Telegraph Village Shop/ PO Award
Rural Hero (anyone heroic, no matter their age, line of work or what their heroic deeds, is eligible for nomination)
The Awards begin regionally, across ten regions:
Scotland (run as the Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards)
East of England
Regional finalists will be declared for each category in each region. They will then be judged and regional winners announced. Those regional winners then go forward to the grand final, which will be held at the Houses of Parliament in early 2012, attended by supportive Parliamentarians and media. At this final, the overall Champions, one in each category, will be declared.
Each region boasts its own judging panel, chaired by the Countryside Alliance’s regional directors. The overall Champions are chosen by a special panel which is chaired by Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Alice Barnard and also includes celebrated cook, author and countrywoman Clarissa Dickson Wright, the Daily Telegraph’s Philip Johnston, Farmers Guardian Editor Emma Penny and Hunter Boot’s Chris Dewbury.