Emma Knight is one of the organisers of the annual Big Lunch project in Neath.
She recently accepted an award from the Duchess of Cornwall - Patron of The Big Lunch - in recognition of local residents' community spirit through their participation in the scheme.
Emma said the event is an annual highlight for many neighbours.
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