Pop-up pub comes to Albourne

DM151513a.jpg Pop up pub, Albourne. Members of the village hall committee and parish council members beside the sign. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150408-224057008
DM151513a.jpg Pop up pub, Albourne. Members of the village hall committee and parish council members beside the sign. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150408-224057008

A sleepy village has set up a pop-up pub to bring a lively hub for the community.

Albourne Parish Council has taken on a fresh new venture in an aim to create a new community hub which has been missing for many years.

The pop-up pub is being opened on Sunday afternoons, at the village hall, in The Street, from midday until 2pm, to gauge interest, before the council rolls out the facility at other popular pub-going times.

Councillor Meg Price, chair of the parish council who is also on the village hall committee, said she thought of the idea at Christmas as a way of recreating a focus after the village lost other community facilities.

The pop-up pub, which sells locally brewed draft beer and wine from a local vineyard, has been open for the last three Sundays .

It has received visits from a wide variety of residents, from parents with young children, to OAPs.

“The main purpose is to get local people chatting together because unless you have a child at the primary school or you walk your dog or go to the church you don’t bump into each other at all.

“It’s a kind of social experiment. It was good to see the wide range of ages of people who came and they all socialised together while the children played in the recreation ground.”

If the pub continues gain a good response from residents, Cllr Price said the committee would look to open it on Friday evenings and possibly other times.

The committee will get together at the beginning of September and decide if the pub is going to be viable to continue through the Autumn and for how many sessions it should be open.