Punters celebrate grand re-opening of The Royal Oak, Collingham
After two years of hard work, a village pub is now open again thanks to the dedication of its shareholders.
The Royal Oak, Collingham, had its grand re-opening on Wednesday, with a great turn-out of villagers coming to celebrate the return of their local hostelry.
Nearly 200 people from the village and the surrounding area become shareholders in a Community Benefit Scheme (CBS) to put the 250-year-old pub back on the map, and more than £200,000 was contributed by shareholders.
Further funding came through the Plunkett Foundation, which is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, now headed up by Newark and Bingham MP Robert Jenrick.
The Royal Oak was officially opened by Ursula Lidbetter, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Co-op, on Wednesday as a thank you for all the financial support given by the Co-op, Tarmac and Gusto Construction and the consultancy support freely given by Castle Rock brewery.
The opening was attended by over 200 shareholders and the tradesmen who have transformed the empty premises into a community pub, restaurant and gardens that is the asset to the village.
John Howkins, one of the founding members of the steering group, said: “I for one have never seen so many people I know in the village and surrounds happily enjoying themselves at one time and in one place. So much good feedback. The village can be proud of what has been achieved.”
Fellow shareholder Alvin Wiggins said: “The opening night went really well. We had a great turn-out.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us to get the pub up and running again.”