A book exchange and storage for the village archive has been added to the facilities at the community run pub and sports facility, The Hindringham Pavilion in north Norfolk.
It was officially opened this week by Norfolk County Councillor Dr. Marie Strong with the support of £1,000 contribution from Pub is The Hub towards the cost of the scheme through Norfolk County Council’s Community Services Fund with the community group adding a further £964.90.
Hindringham lost its last pub in 1968 when the Red Lion shut its doors, and the village remained dry for decades until The Pavilion Free House opened in 2011 thanks to a £200,000 fundraising drive in the village, and many hours of hard work from Hindringham Playing Field Committee.
Since then the Pavilion Pub is the hub of the village and provides many sporting activities, fetes, and money raising events for local charities and facilities. This latest venture included a book exchange service that is suitably stored for the villagers, storage for the village archives, a mini refurbishment and the introduction of a Senior Citizens Luncheon Club.
Hindringham Playing Field Committee Secretary, Ann Ellis said: “This is another great step for the Pavilion which is rapidly becoming the real heart of the village. In addition to the books and the archive we have the very popular monthly luncheon club as well as a weekly Saturday morning ‘drop-in’ for coffee and cakes. We run two football teams from here and have all worked extremely hard to get the facilities (including a great working kitchen) up to scratch.
“As a member of the committee I must pay special thanks to our Chairman and licensee, Danny Galvin and his wife, fellow committee member Penny who have both worked tirelessly on the Pavilion. It goes without saying that we are also tremendously grateful to Pub is The Hub for their support and funding.”
Terry Stork, regional advisor in East Anglia for Pub is The Hub added: “Imaginative schemes like this help to secure a rural community pub’s long term viability. The playing fields committee have made great progress to benefit their community over the last six years and we are delighted to support their newest venture.”
Photograph shows (from left to right): Terry Stork from Pub is The Hub, Penny Galvin, committee member, Beverley Spratt, county councillor, Dr. Marie Strong, county councillor, Janet Gardiner, committee treasurer and Ann Ellis, committee secretary