Tanya Cook and learner Hilda from A1 Community Works were invited by the Prince’s Countryside Fund to attend the prestigious event as a thank you for all of their hard work on the project.
A1 Community Works, alongside other centres Destinations@Saltburn and Lincs Training, have just finished delivering the two-year programme, which has seen them support small business owners and individuals in rural areas to overcome challenges and develop digital skills to benefits themselves and their work.
Tanya told us: “Hilda and I had a fabulous time. We arrived in London and went to the Prince's Countryside Fund reception before the party itself. There was sparkling wine. elderflower cordial and canapes. Everyone was very friendly. We then all walked to the palace.
“The gardens are so beautiful and the day was warm and sunny - just enough breeze to be pleasant! Princes Charles and Camilla talked to one side of the crowd and Prince Harry and Meghan to the other. We were nearer to Prince Harry and Meghan. Tea was sandwiches and cake, all lovely! Afterwards, there were tubs of dairy ice cream - ideal on a hot summer's' day.
“Although there were 6,000 people there it didn’t feel like that many. We had a great time and talked to lots of people from very different charities.”
Tanya and Hilda even managed to hit some shops before heading back to Northallerton: “We went to Hamleys toy shop on Regent Street and Fortnum and Masons,” says Tanya. “Because Hilda had never been. Then we got the train home and back to reality.”
See more of our work on the Prince’s Countryside Fund project by downloading our Rural Digital Inclusion Toolkit.