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Chagford pub's community prize funds town youth worker

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

Winners of the Community Hero Award, Graham Flight and Mary French, at the Globe Inn, Chagford picture: Richard Austin

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A pub which prides itself on being at the heart of a Westcountry community has won £5,000 to donate to a youth group

The Globe Inn at Chagford, on Dartmoor, has been crowned regional winner in the Community Hero Awards, run by Enterprise Inns.

Landlord Graham Flight, who runs the pub alongside Mary French, said he was "delighted" with the win, and that the money will go towards funding a support worker for the town's youth group. He said: "We have been here for four years now, and it was really important to us to make sure that the pub is part of the town, so we host a lot of activities."

They include organising a film festival and hosting film screenings at the pub's own small cinema, as well as quizzes and themed food nights and music events.

"We just really try to get people involved in the pub in different ways," Mr Flight said. "It's obviously good for us to bring people in, but it's also great to be at the heart of the community."

Now, The Globe has the chance of winning the national prize, with a cash pot of £10,000.

Mr Flight said competition was stiff, with 17 other regional champions in the running. But he said the winnings would go towards securing the youth club for another year if the Globe was successful.

The entries illustrated a strong community spirit, with pubs engaged in charity fundraising projects and assisting less able individuals, or building community support networks.

John Longden, chief executive of the Prince Charles-backed Pub is the Hub campaign, was on the judging panel. He said: "The wide range of things that publicans do, not only improve the heart and soul of their communities, but actually benefit the wider national community."

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