The Rural Achievement Awards 2018

The Rural Achievement Awards are now entering their second year and aim to promote and support strong, forward thinking and well connected rural communities and highlight Leicestershire and Rutland as an excellent place to live, visit, work and do business. 

Winners of Rural Achievement Awards in 2017 included Fleckney Community Library; Taste Harborough, a community owned business promoting local food and drink in Market Harborough; Measham Youth Centre; One Kegworth, a group of dedicated volunteers organising village activities and events; HERBS Rural Community Broadband; Steve Cramp, the driving force behind the highly successful Mountsorrel Railway. Last year a lifetime achievement award was also presented to Andrew Granger for his commitment and services to rural Leicestershire. 

Culminating in a celebration dinner on the evening of 11th October at Winstanley House, the 2018 Awards will again reach out and bring together people from across the two counties to recognise the achievements of individuals, community organisations, businesses and groups active within rural communities. 

The categories for the 2018 Rural Achievement Awards are: ● Best Community Building
Best Community Library
Community Engagement Award 

Rural Business Award 

Rural Service Award
Unsung Hero Award
Young People’s Award 

By giving awards across these categories the RCC aims to celebrate and promote the outstanding diversity of activity that is driven by people living and working within rural areas of Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Martin Traynor OBE, Chairman of the RCC’s Board of Trustees, said: 

“Following on from the success and popularity of our revamped 2017 Awards, we are once again delighted to have the opportunity to formally recognise the work of community based organisations and the army of volunteers across rural Leicestershire and Rutland. As a local charity, the RCC is very proud to host these awards and to be able to showcase how local people and organisations are prepared to invest their time, energy, passion, and vision into making our rural communities happier, healthier, stronger, and more prosperous places to live and work.” 

Entries for the 2018 Rural Achievement Awards are now open and should be submitted by Monday 30th April. If you are interested in entering or know of an excellent project, service, organisation or individual within Leicestershire and Rutland that you would like to see receive an award please visit or e-mail for more information.