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Landlord of The Railway Inn, Ketton receives village hero award from Chater Lodge Care Home staff




A pub landlord who made sure no one went thirsty during lockdown has been named a 'village hero'.

Jamie Betts was nominated by residents for the new monthly award being given by staff at Chater Lodge Care Home in Ketton.

As landlord of The Railway Inn - and a former village paperboy who kept up his cycling skills - Jamie jumped on his bike to deliver jugs of ale when pubs were shut.

Pub landlord Jamie Betts with his village hero prizes
Pub landlord Jamie Betts with his village hero prizes

It is something he continues to do even though The Railway is open again, and his commitment in all weathers hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I'm honoured," said Jamie, receiving the trophy and a signed Posh shirt and football from Chater Lodge staff.

"This award is a great thing for Ketton - it's helping to put some positive spirit back into the village."

Linda and Jamie Betts with the 'flagon wagon' used to deliver beer around Ketton
Linda and Jamie Betts with the 'flagon wagon' used to deliver beer around Ketton

Zoe Postgate, manager of Chater Lodge, said: "We wanted to do more for the community because everyone has had their own experiences through the pandemic and many have helped others."

People can nominate the next village hero for Ketton by dropping the name of a deserving person and a short description of why they are a hero into one of the designated nominations boxes at Ketton's shop, school, parish office, and now at The Railway Inn too. Alternatively, nominations can be emailed to chater.activities@barchester.com

Anyone wishing to admire Jamie's football memorabilia over a drink can call in at The Railway Inn from 4.30pm weekdays except Wednesdays, or at the weekend.

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