January 31, 2012
The not-for-profit Hovingham Village Market, a community run market in rural North Yorkshire which was established just over 2 years ago by a team of volunteers, has been crowned winners of the Yorkshire Region Enterprise Award by the Countryside Alliance.
The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are now in their seventh year of celebrating the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick. The Awards are public-nomination led, meaning each business is put forward by a supportive customer. Judging of a shortlist of businesses has now taken place and a regional winner declared in each category. Yorkshire’s winners for 2011 were introduced by Simon Hamlyn, CA Regional Director for the North of England:
Simon says: “Hovingham Village Market is something rather special. It is a community market and café run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. Over 100 volunteers are part of the Market, which is impressive in itself, but what has happened here is remarkable: the project has not only brought people together, it has also given the many exceptional local food producers, farmers and growers in the area an outlet. Only two years old, the Countryside Alliance is proud to support this enterprising community and we wish it well in the future.”
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