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Fun and games on menu at community-owned Lamarsh pub

PUBLISHED: 05:30 23 February 2019

Gerry Loundoun-Shand cuts the ribbon at the Lamarsh Lion community pub and cafe. Picture: PUB IS THE HUB

Gerry Loundoun-Shand cuts the ribbon at the Lamarsh Lion community pub and cafe. Picture: PUB IS THE HUB

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A new community cafe and games room at a Lamarsh pub has been officially opened by its oldest customer.

Cheers! Villagers raise a cuppa for the new cafe. Picture: PUB IS THE HUBCheers! Villagers raise a cuppa for the new cafe. Picture: PUB IS THE HUB

Gerry Loudon-Shand, aged 86, cut the ribbon on the room at The Lamarsh Lion following a £3,000 grant from rural pub champions Pub Is The Hub,

The not-for-profit pub advisory organisation encouraged locals to convert a barn adjacent to the pub into a café and games room to cater for a wider range residents and visitors to the area whilst also contributing towards the cost of the refurbishment.

The café and games room are open from 10.30am every day until the pub closes in the evening and also acts as an overspill area for pub diners.

Robert Erith, chairman of The Lamarsh Lion Community Pub Limited, said: “These new facilities give a much-needed meeting place for local residents and the wider community to socialise.

“Ease of access into the café and games room means the space is accessible and appealing to a wide range of ages, including ladies like Gerry Loudoun-Shand.

“We are enormously grateful to Pub Is The Hub for the advice and support they have given along with the grant to help us with costs.”

Terry Stork from Pub Is The Hub added: “In a rural area where older or more vulnerable people can become isolated and lonely this sort of scheme brings them into a social environment that is warm, welcoming and open seven days a week. I wish the community lots of luck.”

The centuries-old pub, also known as ‘The Painters’ Pub’, closed without warning in May 2016.

Locals formed a Community Benefit Society and the pub was acquired under community ownership in 2017.

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