Fantastic fundraising

We caught up with Sam, Manager at The Wrottesley Arms, about the pub’s fantastic community events to show our support for ‘Long Live the Local’.

We’re backing Long Live the Local – a nationwide campaign that celebrates the important role pubs play in our communities, culture and national identity. To show our support, we’ve hit the road to hear from teammates at some of our fantastic community pubs.

This week, we caught up with Landlord Sam at The Wrottesley Arms in Perton as the team prepares for the busy festive season ahead…

Sam took over the pub seven years ago. She’s spent lots of time building local contacts and making sure local businesses work together. She said: “My pub sits at the centre of a housing estate, opposite local shops and the church. We all come together to put on events and we have a real influence in our local community. If you put something in, then people in your local community will definitely give something back.”

Sam’s hosted some spectacular fundraising events so far this year, including a special Armed Forces Day celebration for the Royal British Legion, a team member fun run, the Perton Carnival, raffles, a tug-of-war and a Countryfile ramble for Children in Need.

“Every year, I get my team to put forward charity nominations and I choose two to support. That way, we’re always backing a charity that we have a close connection with. This year, we’ve donated to Brain Tumour Support and Promise Dreams,” she said.

“It’s important that the pub has something for everyone. We make sure it’s just as inviting for kids as it is for the elderly in our community. Fundraising is really important, but hosting community events brings so many benefits to the pub. Potential customers see the pub at its best and that encourages them to visit again,” Sam added.

The next event is a festive evening of beer and carols with Perton Church. Think Christmas sing-alongs, mulled wine, guest ales and fee mince pies. Follow the pub’s Facebook page for more info.

Click here to sign the Long Live the Local petition and to get advice on how to write to your local MP. Remember to spread the word with friends and family, too! And click here to find out more about our first visit to The Tenth Lock, Dudley.

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