Community gong for village pub

Karen Ward at the Cock Inn, Wootton with spaniel Percy.
Karen Ward at the Cock Inn, Wootton with spaniel Percy.

A pub that reopened its doors three years ago under a new landlady has won a community award.

Wootton’s Cock Inn has raised almost £8,000 for good causes over the last two-and-a-half years and most recently raked in £1,000 through a Halloween-themed fundraiser for DJG Cancer in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.

The pub, which stood empty for 11 months following the departure of the previous landlords, has won the Committed to the Community Award run by the Charles Wells Pub Company.

Landlady Karen Ward said: “We are really proud because we are a community pub. It is one of those pubs where if one of your oldies doesn’t turn up you ring them to see where they are.

“We have a few customers that if they didn’t come into the pub they would never socialise.

“It’s an important part of the community.”

Every Sunday the pub hosts a meat raffle and customers can sign up to the bonus ball competition.

The venue - complete with resident pooch, working cocker spaniel Percy - has hosted fundraising events for a host of good causes including Help for Heroes, Macmillan, the Road Victims Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Karen said: “We do a lot of fun days in the summer because we have got a large garden so we maximise that. Every time we do a charity thing it is really successful.”