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£20,000 grant raises the roof at Pebmarsh community pub

A £35,000 project to replace the roof on The King’s Head community pub in Pebmarsh, near Sudbury, has been completed, thanks to a grant of £20,000 from Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain). 

Built in circa 1450 as a drovers inn, the Grade II listed building reopened as a public house in November 2017, following its purchase by Pebmarsh Community Pub Limited, with the support of more than 400 shareholders in the local community. 

However, the community-owned pub required urgent renovation works to the building’s dilapidated roof, to protect the newly-refurbished ground floor and bring the upper floor into use. 

The Pebmarsh Community Pub Limited provided a further £15,000 investment towards the replacement roof, together with a grant of £20,676 from Enovert Community Trust. The project commenced in July 2018 and was completed in late October. 

Peter Hele, Chair of the Pebmarsh Community Pub Limited said: “We are very grateful to Enovert Community Trust. Without its generous support the roof refurbishment would have been impossible and the day to day trading of the pub could have been put at risk from leaks or flooding.” 

“The King’s Head is the heartbeat of Pebmarsh and the surrounding villages, and the village is committed to supporting the pub and making this community venture a great success. All of the surrounding communities will benefit from the growth and security of the pub as a community asset.”

The pub is used by a wide range of community groups, including book clubs, quiz nights, and local rambling and outdoor pursuits clubs. In addition, the local MP, James Cleverly, has been known to hold his constituency drop-in surgeries at The King’s Head, providing local communities with direct access to their parliamentary representative. 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: "The King’s Head pub forms a vital focal point for a range of community activities and the Trustees were delighted to provide funding towards the replacement of the roof.”