THE achievements of women living in Cheshire’s rural areas were celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.
To coincide with World Rural Women’s Day, the sixth Cheshire Rural Women’s Awards were presented at an event at Byley Village Hall on October 14.
This year 13 awards were presented for achievements in areas as diverse as rural business, voluntary and community service, parish council work, Women’s Institutes and the arts.
Guest speaker at the event, which was attended by Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Brian Bailey, was author Patricia Warren, who is best known for setting up the Rural Dating Agency.
Supper was served from Made in Cheshire produce and entertainment was provided by the Chester women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies, fresh from their success on the BBC talent show Last Choir Standing.
The Cheshire Rural Women’s Awards are a partnership of private, public and voluntary sector organisations led by Cheshire County Council.
Gaynor Bowen-Jones, Cheshire County Council’s Rural Development Officer said: “This event has gone from strength to strength and continues to bring many Cheshire organisations together to pay tribute to women who are making a real difference in our rural communities.”
The event is supported by North Cheshire Training and Howard Worth.
Full report with pictures will appear in the Celebrations section of Friday’s Chronicle - on sale from October 24.