Community Pub Hero Awards finalists face-off

By Gary Lloyd

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Fifteen pubs will face the scrutiny of judges after being named as finalists in the Community Pub Hero Awards.

The competition, organised by PubAid and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) and sponsored by Matthew Clark, received more than 200 entries, including 70 from MPs who nominated pubs in their constituencies.

All 15 have demonstrated outstanding support for their local communities or charities, and fall into one of three categories: Community Support Hero, Charity Fundraising Hero and a new Community Regular Hero where pubs nominated a supportive customer.

Extra mile

Des O’Flanagan co-founder of PubAid, which promote UK pubs as a force for good in their communities, said: “Our heartfelt congratulations go to our finalists, who have earned their place by going the extra mile and demonstrating, once again, that pubs are a force for good in their communities.

“I was impressed by the stories from so many pubs, who have raised astonishing sums for charities, or provided incredible support for local people, despite frequently facing uncertainty themselves. Choosing the 15 finalists was a real challenge and those who have reached the shortlist should be very proud of their achievement.”

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John Steele, trade marketing director of on-trade wholesaler Matthew Clark, added: “We were delighted to support this competition again and pleased to see an increase in the number of entries over last year. It is wonderful to hear about the great work done by licensees and their teams and we’re happy to be giving them well-deserved recognition.”

Alun Cairns MP and chairman of the APPBG, said: “To receive 70 nominations from MPs is an excellent result and shows how pubs are valued as hubs of charity and community support in constituencies across the country. All MPs with shortlisted pubs in their constituency will join me in congratulating them on reaching the finals in a very tough competition.”

The overall winners will be announced in March at an event in London attended by shortlisted licensees and their MPs.


Community Support Pub Hero

Charity Fundraising Pub Hero

Community Regular Hero

The Admiral Rodney, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

The Beeswing, Northallerton, Yorkshire

The Dog & Parrot, Nottingham

The Bellflower, Garstang, Preston, Lancashire

The Blue Ball, Worrall, Sheffield

The Jemmy Hirst, Goole, East Yorkshire

The Bevy, Brighton

The Chequers, Swinford, Leicestershire

The Royal Oak, Wolverhampton

The Jack & Jill, Coulsdon, Surrey

The Flying Horse, Ashford, Kent

The Jolly Coopers, Hampton, Middlesex

The George & Dragon, Ilfracombe, Devon

The Two Tubs, Bury, Lancashire

The Swan, Thornbury, Bristol

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