During a night of celebration for spectacular achievement across Sussex, The Bevy beat of stiff competition from the Hampden Arms, a community pub in Newhaven and Family Investments whose staff carry out hundreds of community work each year.
Evident from their Tweet on the night, The Bevy committee could never have imagined the delight in store.
Warren Carter, Chairman of the Bevy Committee had this to say, “We were just up in our seat saying we will never win. I can’t believe it. It’s really nice to know members of the public have voted. It is proof they are behind the scheme. This award will have pride of place above the bar when we open.”
Matthew Taylor who lives in Moulsecoomb says, “I’m delighted for the Bevy and the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean community. This is the injection of support the Bevy needs to finish the job of turning a disused pub into a vibrant community hub. I can’t wait to be waiting at the door on the day it opens for business.”
The Bevy Pub topped off a winning night for community groups across the area, with Saltdean Lido winning Best community event of the year and Exeter Street Hall winning Achiever of the Year. As Warren Carter reminds on the Bevy blog, “That’s 3 co-ops doing totally different things but harnessing the power of the people to improve their communities.”
Other notable winners of the night were the famous crime novelist Peter James winning the Outstanding Contribution to Sussex award, Sandy Austin for the Beyond the Call of Duty award and the Brighton Fringe for winning the Contribution to Arts and Culture award.
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