Posted on: 18th December 2021 | Comments: 0 Comments

UK villagers plan underfloor-heated venue

A group of residents in the West Norfolk village of Stoke Ferry are set to open a new pub-café for the community. Equipped with the unrivalled comfort of underfloor heating, the new project was made possible after supporters of a campaign called “Save the Blue Bell” were given an £8,500 award, issued by the National Lottery’s community fund.

The local campaign was dedicated to saving a venue called the Blue Bell Inn within the village and involved 17 long months of fundraising by the community and concerted efforts to purchase it. Due to insufficient trade, the pub had been closed for close to three years and its owners were potentially going to convert it into a residential property.

Since securing the venue, the local campaigners and 72 volunteers have started work to fully restore and reopen the public house. A dedicated underfloor heating system installation has already begun in the venue’s bar, creating a cosy atmosphere within the refurbishment, and efforts have started to make garden areas fully accessible for those using wheelchairs. This includes groundworks at the site for a parking space for disabled use.

The village volunteers were recently recognised for their work after winning the Plunkett Foundation’s Rural Community Business Awards. The award they received was presented to them by Prue Leith, judge on the hit TV programme “The Great British Bake Off”.

The Blue Bell Inn is now expected to open as a community-owned pub and café in March next year.

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