Bank holiday beer festival backs North Pickenham pub campaign

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Campaigners behind plans to buy and re-open a village pub hope a bank holiday beer festival and duck races will help to boost their bid.

Villagers in North Pickenham are currently raising funds in order to buy the Blue Lion pub and re-open it as a community hub.

So far, almost £80,000 has been raised in donations and share pledges towards purchasing the Hillside premises.

A further £3,000 has been raised through regular monthly events in the village, such as coffee mornings and soup lunches.

And campaigners are hoping to make another sizable contribution to the cause when they host a beer festival and duck races on the River Wissey at Meadow Farm on Meadow Lane this bank holiday Monday, August 25.

Gates will open at noon and visitors will have the chance to sample a range of around 10 real ales and ciders.

There will also be a barbecue, children’s games and popular activities, including facepainting and a bouncy castle.

The first duck race is scheduled for 1pm and ducks can be purchased on the day for £1 each.

A total of 10 races, each of which has been sponsored by a villager or a local business, will be run.

Parish councillor Tom Ryan, who is also chairman of North Pickenham Community Project Limited (NPCPL), the body which is leading the campaign, said its success showed the strength of community spirit within the village.

He said: “We don’t have a shop. We don’t have a village hall.

“The only place where we used to meet was in the pub. We just want our pub back.”

Campaigners have already succeeded in having the pub registered as an asset of community value, which gives them time to prepare a bid to buy the property.

They hope it will eventually be used to house a range of community activities for residents of all ages.