Wickham Market’s George Community Pub secures vital National Lottery support

THE George Community Pub, Wickham Market, Suffolk has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund Heritage


Scheme for the reconstruction of the historic, fire-damaged George Inn as a community- owned pub. Made possible by National Lottery players, the

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Matinee - Sun 10th & Wed 13th Nov at 3.00pm

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High Street, Leiston 01728 830549 NOVEMBER 2019

Christmas Party bookings now being taken 3 courses £20 per person available from mid November.

Christmas Day lunch 5 courses £75 per person

New Years Eve buffet dancing and fireworks £40 per person Overnight packages for Xmas and New Year available. Private dining options for larger groups.

To book please call 01728 668221 or email Rococo’s at Satis House Hotel, Yoxford. IP17 3EX

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Join us for a fabulous festive party and enjoy a truly memorable dining experience with friends & family!



No matter how big or small your group, we have options to suit every need, including live music, disco and more!

To discuss the details of your booking, please contact us on 01986 875567 Ext 22 LEI 13/FRAM 9/WOOD 9 at Ufford Park Woodbridge

Christmas Day Lunch

£72.50 per adult £29.50 (5 -12 years old) under 5’s FREE

Boxing Day Lunch £35.00 per adult

£19.50 (5 -12 years old) under 5’s FREE

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Yarmouth Road | Woodbridge Suffolk | IP12 1QW

The Festive Season

project aims to restore what was the village’s last surviving public

house as a going

concern at the heart of the community. It will incorporate community space for a wide- range of activities, including heritage-related intended

experiences, to make Wickham Market a better place to live

and to combat loneliness and isolation by bringing all walks of life together in a convivial and welcoming atmosphere. Development

funding of

£82,000 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help The George Community Pub (Wickham Market) Limited


their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date. There is still much work for the Society’s volunteers and its professional team to do, but with the full grant, additional funding (including a second share offer – details for which can be found on the Society’s website http://www.wmgeorge.,

detailed plans and

planning permission in place, reconstruction work is expected to commence in 2022 with ‘the first pints being pulled’ in mid- 2023. The project will restore the

George Inn, latterly the only pub in Wickham Market (a community of some 2,300 people), which, without it, has no viable commercial future. Once restored, a sustainable community pub business will bring economic benefits to Wickham, and create local jobs. The George will be ‘more than a pub’ – during reconstruction works an ambitious programme of heritage

activities training, will

engage professionals, students and the widest possible range of local residents though volunteering,


hat tours, workshops, oral history, research, photography and arts projects; its impact, subsequently, being sustained by

a dedicated

Activity Co-ordinator, using the

a hundred years ago there were no less than seven inns and pubs in the village, then with a population of about 1,400. These

establishments served

not just as social meeting places,

but as, at various

times, venues for auctions of properties, farm produce and goods; places

points for goods, where rents

were paid, debts were settled, inquests held and where wills were executed; collection and delivery

livestock, passengers and mail (Wickham was on the major stage

coach route between

Yarmouth and London and to the London markets), as ‘lost property offices; meeting places for local administration and public groups; and, as ‘recruitment

agencies’ for

workers and servants (see the

Society’s website http:// history-bygones/ for stories of The George’s past). A number of these roles continued into the living memories of the village’s older residents. The community were determined that The George, and the community history and social amenity it represented, should not be lost, having it listed as an Asset of Community Value (see

https://mycommunity. Community

community space to promote the

heritage in general, to a wide audience.

and The

George will host weekly

events such as Dementia Cafés, Mother and Toddler Groups, arts groups, music and talks. Wickham Market will become a better

place to live, work

and visit as a lasting legacy of the project. In the future, trading surpluses will be used to support other community groups and initiatives for the benefit of all. Widespread support for the Project has been


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consultation, to

events, volunteering sale,


fundraising and

date, of nearly

£130,000-worth of intentionally affordable, shares to some 330 residents and supporters from all walks of life. When The George burnt down in April 2013, it became clear that Wickham Market was in danger of losing not only an historic building (Grade II listed and, after the fire, placed on the Suffolk

Historic Buildings at

Risk Register) but also its last trading public house. Just over

pub and its dedicated village’s heritage, In operation, building-assets/assets-of- community-value-right-to-bid) in early 2017.

Up until the fire, The George had been a public house, for, at least, 360 years. Indeed, the fire revealed that the building, thought to date to the 18th century, in fact had its origins in the late 15th or early 16th century and, from structural evidence, may even have been purpose-built as an inn then. Surveys established that major parts of the historic structure could be conserved and restored and, so, its demolition was strongly resisted not only by the community but also by local council Conservation and Planning Officers. Commenting on the award, Society Chairman, Bill Wolfe- Evans, who lives less than 30 metres from The George, said: “By George we did it! On behalf of shareholders and supporters we are absolutely thrilled and extremely grateful to have received support from National Lottery players. For centuries

The George Inn

has served Wickham Market and it was almost lost forever following the fire. Thanks to our community’s generosity, that of previous funders who have recognised and shared our vision, and now the National Lottery Heritage Fund we can now look forward to restoring this

wonderful building future generations.” for






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