FULSTOW’S Cross Keys Pub is raising a glass after a competition win – and the village will now benefit from £5,000 towards a brand new playground.
The pub came out on top of the Enterprise Inn chain’s Community Hero Awards, winning in the Sheffield to Grimsby region, and could earn a further £5,000 if they become national champions.
Plans are already in place to invest the winnings in a new playground, something which the local village hall committee have been working towards for some time.
The Cross Keys have come to Fulstow’s rescue twice in the last year, first opening a shop and then a post office, both within the pub, when nearby facilities closed.
Toni Beecroft, one of the Cross Keys’ landladies, said: “The new playpark will be fantastic, there’s nothing for the kids to do in the village at the minute.
“We put ourselves forward in March and got through two rounds, then last week we heard we’d won.
“I think people have appreciated us opening the shop and post office, there’s a real community feel and we try to do so much.
“We were originally looking at spending £2,000 on a new playpark but now we have this money we can make something even better when we find somewhere bigger to build it.
“If we went on to win the national prize then that would be ever better.”
The pub’s application explained how it was ‘actively involved’ with local events, regularly being used by committees, sports teams and societies, and holding community events through the year.
“We are always looking at ways to give something to the community,” it said.
Staff from The Cross Keys will pick up their regional award, and find out if they are the national champions, at a glitzy awards night in Chester on September 27.
Of the 18 regional winners, one national winner will be selected by an expert judging panel from the industry.
Opposition includes Brighton’s Rock Inn, The Myrtle Tavern in Leeds and The Arion in Southport.
Readers can still visit www.communityheroawards.co.uk until Thursday and have their say as to why The Cross Keys deserve to be crowned national champions.