Whitwell’s Holmefield Arms named ‘our great British pub’ by virus support group

A Whitwell boozer has been named ‘our great British pub’ by a group supporting the elderly and vulnerable during the pandemic.

Saturday, 10th October 2020, 4:45 pm

The Holmefield Arms’ landlady Kay Towers has been applauded by the Community Unity Project (CUP) for ‘her amazing achievements in the community during lockdown’.

Kind-hearted Kay - who houses CUP’s food bank at her premises - helped the group distribute essentials to the elderly and vulnerable during the height of the lockdown period.

The caring landlady made over 200 cream teas for the isolated - many of which she dropped off at people’s doorsteps.

Kind-hearted Kay - who houses CUP’s food bank at her premises - helped the group distribute essentials to the elderly and vulnerable during the height of the lockdown period

While over the Easter weekend she cooked up and paid for more than 50 dinners for those stuck at home.

During the pandemic Kay was a finalist in Admiral Taverns’ Great British Pub Awards but was left disappointed when she didn’t win.

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However CUP, recognising Kay and her staff for the stars that they are, showered their own accolades on the Holmefield Arms.

This month they presented Kay and workers with a bouquet, bottles of bubbly and a plaque to display in the pub.

CUP member April Johnson said: “While the Holmefield Arms didn't win the Great British Pub award we wanted them all to know that they are our great British pub and at the very heart of our community.

“Here at CUP we wanted to recognise Kay’s amazing achievements in the local community both during lockdown and all other times.”

CUP say its events will be centred around the Holmefield Arms however this remains dependent on changing regulations surrounding Covid-19.

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