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A team of electrical workers has been getting stuck in to help a West Norfolk village pub move a step closer to re-opening.

Staff from UK Power Networks have been helping with renovation work at the Blue Bell in Stoke Ferry, which is expected to fully re-open later this year.

The team was led by Jonathan Stannard, who lives in the village and has bought shares in the venue, which has been bought as a community enterprise.

The Blue Bell, Stoke Ferry (50200053)
The Blue Bell, Stoke Ferry (50200053)

"He said: “It’s going to be more a community hub, so it’s really an investment in the community from me. My partner and children have also put money in.

“When I first moved to the village in 1997 it was a thriving place, I remember going to live music gigs there and it having a great atmosphere.

“Over time, it lost its way, but it’s been great to see the campaign to get it reopened.”

UK Power Networks staff, from left, Charlie Kelk, Martin Wright, Jonathan Stannard, Mark Griffin and Kevin Dunthorne. Picture: UK Power Networks (50200048)
UK Power Networks staff, from left, Charlie Kelk, Martin Wright, Jonathan Stannard, Mark Griffin and Kevin Dunthorne. Picture: UK Power Networks (50200048)

In total, nine colleagues - Jeff Tucker, Charlie Kelk, Martin Wright, Mark Griffin, Kevin Dunthorne, Graeme Burton, David Wright, Kieron Panks and Michael Hampton - joined Mr Stannard over two days of work at the pub.

The support was organised as part of UK Power Networks' Donate A Day initiative, through which workers are given two days' annual leave per year for fundraising or voluntary activities.

Mr Stannard said: “We cleared the land and put in some trenches so that electrical work can take place. A lot of people are donating time and volunteering on the rebuild.

“We had a productive couple of days, one of us spent most of their time removing carpet tacks on floorboards they plan to reuse. We also flattened a wooden shed that needing demolishing, so it was hard work, but enjoyable.

“The people at the pub were really grateful for the work we did and gave us a good lunch!”

Campaign bosses are hoping to have the pub fully operational in time for the busy pre-Christmas period. The organisation's first annual general meeting of shareholders is expected to take place next month.

Stephen Ward, chairman of the Save The Blue Bell campaign group, said: “We are very grateful to the UK Power Networks team for their support.

“They got so much done for us in the two days they generously gave to the project.”



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