Whether you were mowing the lawn, taking the dog for a walk or just looking out the window while eating your breakfast you may have seen the Stockbury Community Bus parked outside the village hall and a gaggle of eager villagers waiting to embark on a 'trip of a lifetime'.
This very trip organised by Chris Porter, Alan Cooke and Chris Spree was the grand prize in a raffle with all proceeds going to The Harrow Pub. The location, to the beautiful and picturesque village of Bentley near Ipswich to visit The Case is Altered- one of the first community run public houses in the UK.
If this name sounds familiar to you, and not just because of the play by which it gained its namesake, this would be because it was the same pub that was discussed in the meeting back in September. The same volunteers who skyped a room of Stockbury parishioners and inspired the journey that the 'Support the Harrow' campaign has taken.
With thanks to David and Peter for welcoming us and giving us the 'Grand Tour'. The 11 journey makers heard again how the poor, disused and neglected 'Case is Altered public house was bought, renovated, refurbished and run but volunteers and community members to transform a ruin to the thriving and much-loved community establishment it now is.
The trip involved seeing the pubs inner workings; from grounds to cellar, discussing how and where local produce was purchased and served, talking to the chef, bar staff and volunteers who were proud of their project. "Working here is like being part of an extended family" the talented chef proclaimed.
Villagers enjoyed a wonderful lunch and were given a chance to see what a community pub would be like. What would work for our Harrow and what might need to be altered. Full of inspiration they headed home with ideas of the transformation The Harrow pub could take, once purchased, and how this project could certainly be a success!
It was wonderful to be able to connect with other community pubs and share ideas and resources and we look forward to sharing the future plans for The Harrow once the purchase has been agreed
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