Lucky enough to get a look around…
Over the bank holiday weekend my family and I were afforded the opportunity to join with community share investors and other local supporters, at an event which celebrated the pub’s first full weekend of trade. Following in the footsteps of the local MP and Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, one of the pub’s 250+ shareholders, who had visited on Friday afternoon we were left in awe at the achievements of all involved with Plunkett Members the Skeeby Community Pub Society Ltd!
The pub is beautifully decorated. The walls are adorned with the work of local artists that is for sale, with a commission (on sales) to be paid to the pub to raise money for local causes. There is a large bar and restaurant area, and up a flight of steps a stunning garden room which opens on to a new decking area. In the garden itself, there is plenty of room for the many benches and tables, which surround 4 quoits pitches – a very popular sport in the local area. The whole space has been reconfigured to meet the local aspirations of creating a genuinely inclusive, welcoming community hub that has something for everyone.
Given this building had stood derelict for all those years, to see the finish of the décor is an incredible feat, made possible thanks to a herculean volunteering effort supported by local tradespeople. From paint work to making curtains, to installing new toilets and re-establishing the garden, the tales of pride from all of those people involved with the project was evident as I caught up with some of them at the event on Sunday.