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Wickhambrook pub honoured with CAMRA award

By Sammi Nice

A Wickhambrook pub has been honoured with a prestigious award that recognises its significant role within the community.

The Greyhound pub has been named CAMRA’s (the Campaign for Real Ale) community pub of the year 2015 in West Suffolk.

The pub, which was taken over by Paul and Karen Couzens in August 2011, plays an important role for locals, putting on community events like bingo nights and meet and eat evenings, as well as hosting village music festivals.

Jack Couzens, who manages the pub, said this active role was what helped secure the award for the pub.

“When we started, we did some demolition work and opened a new restaurant,” he said. “But having so many things on for the community has really helped.

“We are really pleased to have been given this award. It’s great to have something that recognises the effort we have put in in the last four years.”

The Couzens family took the reins having bought the pub from Bury-based brewers Greene King. The pub had been on the verge of having to close down completely.

They then set about making it a locals’ pub and turned it from a failing pub into a thriving venture. Over the years, they have hosted fire work displays and carnivals and have helped put on lunch clubs and bikers’ nights.

Jack said: “We have been very supportive within the village and I think the number of events we put on has helped us be there for the community. We try to do a lot for the village and I think that is appreciated. We are very community focused.”

The pub is open from 4pm to 11pm on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the pub is open from 12pm to 2pm then from 4pm to 11pm. On Friday, it’s open from 12pm to 2pm and from 4pm to 12am. On Saturday, it’s 12pm to 12am and on Sunday, it’s 12pm to 11pm.

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