From The Leigh Arms in Northwich to The Engine and Tender in Bedfordshire, you've been helping us scour the UK to find our favourite local pub and landlord of 2018 as part of our Men United Arms pub-fundraising campaign. We've whittled it down to our top five – is your local or landlord among the finalists?

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2 May 2018

Engine and Tender pub

The Engine and Tender, Bedfordshire

Over £4,000 raised so far...

After discovering that more men are now dying from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer, a group of Engine and Tender regulars were spurred into fundraising for us. With a target of £20k, they're already a fifth of the way there after holding a weekly meat raffle, a race night, a Six Nations Rugby prediction competition, two golf days, a quiz night and a lottery-style game with four other pubs! And there's still a sponsored car rally tour of Europe to come in September. 

The Bull pub

The Bull, Lower Langley Green

Over £2,000 raised so far...

Inspired by her father's diagnosis with prostate cancer back in the 1980s, The Bull's owners Sarah Blackaby and husband Ben got their village community together to produce a naked men calendar – raising over £2k for us. But they didn’t stop there. There was also a darts match and donations for food collected during the Six Nations rugby. After writing to Stephen Fry, who recently revealed his own treatment for prostate cancer, and sending him a naked calendar, Sarah now has a signed copy of his book to use in The Bull’s next fundraising venture.

Tanfield Working Men's Club

Tanfield Lea Working Men's Club, County Durham

Over £6,000 raised...

A 24-hour sponsored silence by one of Tanfield Lea’s club members kicked off a whirlwind of fundraising that saw the whole community come together. One event saw two women and eight men get their heads shaved, which organiser Kay Drummond said helped raise awareness as well as funds. The club now plans to make the fundraiser an annual event.

Ferry Tap pub

The Ferry Tap, South Queensferry

£333 raised so far...

With prostate cancer affecting a long-term regular and the dad of team supervisor Louise MacAskill, The Ferry Tap had two very personal reasons for fundraising for us. They held a rugby raffle and two Hungarian food nights, as well as a pizza and a poker night. They're also planning a sponsored walk and further raffles later in the year. Louise has made the pub a safe space for men to ask questions about the disease, and regularly hands out our information leaflets to customers.

Leigh Arms pub

The Leigh Arms, Northwich

£3,280 raised so far...

Another naked calendar, this time posed for by Leigh Arms regulars aged 19 to 72, was organised by pub landlord Jo Higham and sold for £10 each with all money going to us. Jo decided to do it to raise awareness among her customers. "I was astounded that they didn’t know about the signs and symptoms," she says. "So I decided to help Lisa Scott and Sheila Whittle of Acton Bride organise the calendar. Everyone had a great time and I encourage all landlords to sign up and turn their pubs into a Men United Arms."

Landlord of the Year finalists

We're also proud to announce the shortlist for our Landlord of the Year! Is your favourite local's among them?

  • Glyn Stebbing, The Pen Nook, Deepcar
  • Vicky Tommy, The Sun Inn, Eryrys
  • Karen Boston, The Welcome Club, Stanford-le-Hope
  • Kim Spickett, The Grafton Club, New Malden
  • Carilyn Ryan, South Norwood Conservative Club, South Norwood

Let the judging begin...

Our panel of celebrities and pub trade experts below will be busily deliberating over the next few weeks, with the winners announced before the end of May. Best of luck!

  • Bobby George – Former professional darts player and TV personality
  • Gregg Wallace – TV personality
  • Nicholas Robinson – The Morning Advertiser
  • Tim Page - Chief Executive, CAMRA
  • Mike Tye – Former Spirit Pub Group CEO, Trustee Prostate Cancer UK
  • James Cuthbertson – PubAid
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