Community-led pub in west Norfolk through to regional finals of a national competition

The King's Arms in Shouldham. Pictured is landlord Ian Skinner. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Arms in Shouldham. Pictured is landlord Ian Skinner. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

West Norfolk's first community-owned pub is in the regional finals of a national awards programme.

Shouldham Community Enterprises was set up when the King's Arms in Shouldham closed in 2012.

A community share issue resulted in £150,000 being raised by 189 shareholders.

This money, together with a grant from the Department of Communities & Local Government, enabled the not-for-profit business to buy the pub, which reopened in 2014.

SCE is now through to the finals in the Community Ownership Awards 2016, which are run by the Plunkett Foundation, and celebrate the most inspiring examples of people in rural areas working together to improve their communities.

The winner of the best community-owned co-operative in the East of England will be announced on November 28.

Landlord Ian Skinner said: 'We are thrilled to be shortlisted for this award. The pub has now established itself at the centre of the community, thanks to the shareholders, volunteers, customers and staff who have made it so.'

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Abbie Panks, vice-chairman of SCE, said 'The pub has had an incredibly positive impact on the community, for all ages. 'We have also advised and supported five other groups looking to follow in our footsteps.'

The pub also boasts a community café, employs 17 staff, and provides meals to St Martin at Shouldham school.

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