Group of ten set to open up village pub

The Sun Inn, Mill Road, Kislingbury. 10 village residents have bought the pub, which had gone into receivership. They are working all week to fit it out and hopefully open on Saturday.
The Sun Inn, Mill Road, Kislingbury. 10 village residents have bought the pub, which had gone into receivership. They are working all week to fit it out and hopefully open on Saturday.

Community-spirited villagers who bought a pub which went into receivership will see their hard work pay off when it reopens this weekend.

The Sun Inn in Kislingbury, a Grade II listed pub, closed earlier this year.

And five couples who didn’t want to see the village lose the facility have all put their hands in their pockets to bring it back to use.

Following months of hard work decorating and refurbishing the pub, it will open on Saturday.

It will be a free house with a selection of real ales and keg beers – and the owners hope it will also become a village hub for community groups to use.

The ten Kislingbury residents behind the plan are Ray and Pat Moore; their daughter Zara Haines and her husband Michael; Nick and Mel Bowler; Paul Huband and Elaine Roughley, and Steve and Debbie Smith.

Mr Moore, aged 66, said: “Having retired some time ago, I had plenty of time to think about it. All of us used the pub. It is a pretty little pub and it seemed a shame for it to disappear.

“We had this vision that we could upgrade the pub and make it a friendlier place, and encourage people to make it the hub of the village.”

Visit www.thesuninnkislingbury.co.uk to find out more details.