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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Organisers say there will be increased security at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, which began in Bridgend today.
Any remaining heavy or thundery showers will clear eastwards this evening.
Over 70 firefighters are currently tackling the fire, which is now confirmed to be at a scrap yard.