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Cheers! Village pub wins Chairman’s Award

The Bosville Arms in Rudston has been recognised for its work as a community pub at the annual East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman’s Awards, which took place last week.

The community pub won the chairman’s business award, earning the title thanks to its commitment to the local area and sustainability having achieved an annual turnover of £400,000 since it started trading in 2021.

The Bosville Arms had been closed for several years when plans to turn it into a housing development saw support from the village for it to be reopened.

The plans were halted, and a meeting took place in Rudston Village Hall, where those who attended launched a rescue act that involved a share scheme that would transform the pub into a community asset for Rudston and its surrounding villages.

The level of support saw £250,000 raised to buy the pub, with the majority invested by nearly 150 shareholders and the remainder coming via grants.

The Bosville Arms was handed over to the Rudston Community Pub Group, which applied for a premises licence ahead of the pub officially opening in April 2021 when COVID restrictions were lifted.

The pub’s first tenants were Sharon and Martin Hinks, who ran the business until July 2022.

A period that saw members of the Pub Group manage the pub followed before Bob Palmer, former landlord of the Spread Eagle in Driffield, took on the role of interim manager.

Members of the Rudston Community Pub Group went along to the ceremony at Bridlington Spa last Tuesday (9th May), where they received the good news.

“This is just amazing because in the last three years, we have come so far, from the pub being close to demolition to the shareholders putting money together to ensure it stayed open,” said Beth, one of those who was present to collect the chairman’s award.

“We didn’t think we would have a pub in the village but having one has made such a massive difference.

“We would not have won this award if it wasn’t for everybody in the community coming together and the committee bringing the pub back to life.

“Also, the amazing staff who have made the pub a brilliant place.”

The Chairman’s Awards celebrated the contributions made by individuals and organisations over the last 12 months which have helped make the East Riding a better place.

Another finalist from Driffield and the Wolds, who were all nominated by members of the public and invited to attend the ceremony, the first to be held in-person since 2019, was the Driffield Karate Academy, for the chairman’s sport award – team/club.

The awards were presented by East Riding of Yorkshire Council chairman, Councillor John Whittle, and hosted by BBC Look North presenter Clare Frisby.

“These awards have played an important role in recognising the contributions made by many across the East Riding and this gives the council the opportunity to honour and thank individuals, organisations and businesses who have contributed so much to promote the East Riding as a great place to be,” said Councillor Whittle.

“During my year in office, I have attended numerous engagements across the county that demonstrate how hard, and to what good effect, people work on behalf of their local communities and a ceremony such as this can only really recognise a small percentage of the many achievements around the East Riding.

“I would like to highlight the contribution of those many local people who give up their time to work for others in a voluntary capacity with thought of reward as without their efforts, many of the good things that we perhaps take for granted in the East Riding would not happen at all.

“I am sorry there can only be one winner but all of those nominated are winners and should be proud of what they have achieved – they are all a credit to the East Riding.”

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