Castle chief gets recognition for community work
THE director of Cardigan Castle has been recognised for his work in the community with the Social Enterprise Champion Award for Wales.
Cris Tomos has been heavily involved in community enterprises in and around Cardigan for many years, and is well-known as a social entrepreneur.
He will now go on to the British final in London where he will compete against other social entrepreneurs from across the UK.
As well as playing a leading role in the restoration and renovation of Cardigan Castle, Mr Tomos has also has held several positions in community groups and helped with campaigns in the area.
He has served as treasurer of Credcer Credit Union and a board member of the 4CG Co-operative, which in 2012 bought the old police station and court house in Cardigan.
He led a campaign to save Hermon School, and when that failed, he led a second campaign to buy the building and develop a community co-operative.
The Hermon Community Resource Co-operative is now a £500,000 eco venue centre. He also assisted the community in Cwm Arian to submit a Low Carbon Community Bid to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Despite his years of hard work Mr Tomos claimed he was surprised that he had even been nominated.
He said: "I was shocked to have won but I am very grateful to those who nominated me.
"I accepted the award on behalf of the social enterprise groups who I have worked with."
Mr Tomos was nominated by colleagues at Planed, a social enterprise scheme in Pembrokeshire.
Mr Tomos added: "I was surprised to find out that I am now going forward to the all British final on November 27.
"We will be going up on the train to London."