Plough Inn best charitable pub

jpco-21-8-13 The Plough Inn has won an award for its charity work (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-21-8-13 The Plough Inn has won an award for its charity work (Pic by Jon Rigby)

The Plough Inn, in Ifield, has been named ‘best charitable pub’ after raising more than £70,000 for local charities.

The pub won the title in the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards 2013 South East and London region.

Landlord John Scudder said he and other members of staff were looking forward to attending the final on September 12 where they will discover the national winner.

He explained that the charitable work at the pub is run by a small community group called Ifield Chestnut House which organises charity events.

Gary Morris, of Duncton Close, Ifield, is the founder of the Ifield Chestnut House.

Gary explained how John has helped the group with its charity work.

He said: “It all started in 2008 when I went to a children’s hospice and said to John ‘I want to do something’ and John being John said ‘well do something’.

“He was the red flag to the bull.”

Gary set up the group and John allowed him to use the pub as a base where they have regular meetings, events and where they advertise their work.

The first event took place in 2008 and raised £3,300.

The biggest event the group created was the annual ‘Pillars to Plough’ 20-mile walk from the pillars on the A23 near Brighton, to The Plough Inn.

All money raised by the group goes to local charities, with much going to Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, West Green, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Arundel, Manor Green School, Ifield, and Colgate School.

Gary said: “We like to give money to people where we’ve got an angle in the pub. Two people at the pub work in Colgate Primary School.”

The group will host a golf competition at Ifield Golf Club from 12 midday on the Thursday August 29 followed by a meal and presentation.

A spokesperson for The Olive Tree said the charity has received more than £10,000 from the group every year which has funded trips for patients, events, a wheel chair ramp, picnic tables, a large shed.

The spokesperson said: “As a direct result of their efforts we have been able to arrange the landscaping and ongoing maintenance of the lovely walled garden to the rear of the Olive Tree.

“Everyone at the Olive Tree is extremely grateful to the amazing fundraisers at the Plough – without their amazing efforts we would not be able to offer such an extensive range of services and support to local people affected by cancer.”

Visit Ifield Chestnut House’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IfieldChestnutHouse