The Stoke Canon Inn was closed and the village had lost its heart. In 2011 a group of volunteers approached the property developer who had bought the building and gained permission to re-open as a volunteer run, community pub and the rest, as they say, is history.
We are here to celebrate and commiserate. We have a stunning child friendly garden for those lazy summer days and a welcoming wood burner for chilly winter nights. We are here for groups of young villagers to network, for families to share in our traditional fare and we are here for those who are alone and need a friendly ear.
We were here for the community when the floods came one December. We were the focus for those who had been dispossessed and faced a homeless Christmas.
In July 2019, after a share offer and a fundraising campaign we bought our lovely pub. But this is not the end of our story, just one of the major hurdles we overcame to ensure that our village keeps its essential hub.
Then, in 2020 we were recognised for our work within the community and were awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to voluntary groups and is the equivalent of a group MBE.
We will continue to work and fundraise to preserve this valuable asset and we hope that you will visit and share in our wonderful community pub.