Our highly-regarded local, the Abergavenny Arms, continues to contribute hugely to the life of the village, and – with very good reason – is continuing to get wider recognition. John and Lucie, its hardworking landlords, tell us that the pub has just received two gongs in this year’s Southern Enterprise Awards. Says Lucie:
Beyond delighted to announce that I have just received word that The Abergavenny Arms has been awarded
Best Family-Run Pub 2018 – Sussex
Customer Service Excellence Award – Sussex
By the UK Southern Business Awards 2018.
I could not be prouder of my team. Thank you x
To celebrate the sixth year of running the Abergavenny, John and Lucie decided to look down the well in the corner of the bar to see how much money had been thrown into it in the 14 years since it was last emptied. They organised a fund-raising night for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, signed up a team of professionals to descend into the depths, and invited villagers to come along to join in the fun, and at the same time raise money for the RNLI.
Rodmellians have never shirked their duty, either to have fun in the pub or to give generously to good causes, and tonight was no exception. Lucie reports that a very respectable £1000 was raised from contributions on the night, which was topped up with a couple of later amounts from villagers and some match funding from the Abergavenny’s bank, Santander, with a truly astonishing £1978.05 coming out of the well. In all the RNLI received £4320, and the Parish Council £750.
All in all, an amazing effort from the pub, the village, and, as Lucie is keen to point out, Santander, who were both supportive and generous throughout.