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TV’s Aggie Mackenzie helps spring clean the Barge Inn

27 August 2010

Left to right, Terry Kemp, Aggie Mackenzie, presenter of How Clean is Your House, and Sandra Bhatia, village champion. Sandra will be using her business skills and experience to help the villagers get the project up and running. Photo credit: Matt Faber/PA Wire

A group of villagers from Pewsey in Wiltshire recently received a grant from BIG’s Village SOS scheme to secure the future of their local pub, the Barge Inn, and operate it as a social enterprise.

Marking the start of community ownership, more than 30 local volunteers came together to give the pub a spring clean, led by Aggie Mackenzie, star of TV’s How Clean is Your House?

The villagers will use their Lottery grant to run the pub and offer the local community a range of other facilities including a village shop, craft and drama workshops, and employment and learning opportunities. The venture will also help to support tourism in the area, which is well known for the local crop circle phenomena and popular canal system, which runs right by the 200-year-old inn.

The Barge Inn is one of ten projects to be funded through Village SOS, which is responding to the plight of rural villages across the UK. The BBC will follow the journeys of six of the projects, including The Barge Inn, for a primetime show due to be aired next year.

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