KATE has owned a house in the village for 6 years, but only moved in full-time about a year ago. She’d eaten at the pre-village-owned pub a couple of times, but it was clear it was a struggling business. I asked her why she got involved…
The village needs a pub! We wanted somewhere to be social, to meet the locals and get to know them, and somewhere to bring friends and family.
I knew I wasn’t going to be able to volunteer as a gardener – it takes up too much time – so going behind the bar is perfect. I get to meet more people that way, and have a laugh. It gives me contacts in the village that I’d never get otherwise. I will also be volunteering in the shop – better than sitting in front of the TV!
I think everyone should give volunteering a try! There’s so many people who will give you a hand, and nobody is judgemental.
I can only volunteer during the school holidays, but I’d have felt guilty if I didn’t do what I can – so many people have put a lot of effort in. They deserve as many people as possible to back them up!”