A band of Leasingham residents were handed the keys to their village pub on Friday after raising the cash to buy it as a community asset.
Frances Franklin, from the five-strong co-ordinating committee of the Leasingham Community Benefit Society said there has been an amazing weekend of activity with a view to re-opening the Duke of Wellington today (Thursday) and tomorrow between 6pm and 11pm - barring hitches. More than 40 people gave time and expertise and work carries on apace this week.
The upstairs has been refurbished, while the garden area has been tidied and repainted.
Mrs Franklin said: “We have had professional plumbers, electricians, carpenters, carpet layers and plasterers giving their time for free. Those that were unable to stay delivered cakes, biscuits, food and drinks.
“There is an enthusiasm and excitement to get this project working,” said Mrs Franklin.
“We will be open for full service from Monday July 30.”
The community raised over £200,000 towards the pub purchase through the sale of shares, not only locally but across the country, Australia, the US and Europe, said Mrs Franklin.
The search for the right landlord is vitally importanty and ongoing. In the meantime they will open with the previous bar staff under the licence of another friendly licensee.
There will be a family fun day on August 18 to properly launch it.