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New community café opened at the Lamarsh Lion

PUBLISHED: 12:21 24 April 2019

EXG APR 19 Food News

EXG APR 19 Food News

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The Lamarsh Lion at Lamarsh welcomed their oldest customer, 86-year-old Mrs Gerry Loudoun-Shand, to officially open a new community café and games room which has been made possible thanks to help from rural pub champions, Pub is The Hub

Pub is The Hub, a not-for-profit pub advisory organisation, encouraged converting the barn adjacent to the pub into a café and games room to cater for a wider range of residents and visitors to the area.

Pub is The Hub also contributed towards the cost of the refurbishment with a grant of £3,000 from its Community Services Fund.

Purchased and refurbished by the Lamarsh community in 2017, the team at The Lamarsh Lion are determined to widen its community appeal.

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

Chair of the The Lamarsh Lion Community Pub Limited, Robert Erith, 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.'

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