Oakes Barn celebrates its first birthday in Bury St Edmunds

Susan Wilde and Heather Warren are opening Oakes Barn pub - it is named after James Oakes who used to be a wool merchant and then became a banker. ENGANL00120131113133249
Susan Wilde and Heather Warren are opening Oakes Barn pub - it is named after James Oakes who used to be a wool merchant and then became a banker. ENGANL00120131113133249

A free house pub which opened a year ago has raised just under £700 for charity with five days of birthday celebrations and community activities.

Oakes Barn in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, was opened by Sue Wilde and Heather Warren with a view to providing a real ale pub and community hub.

Pic - Rich Marsham - RMG Photography - Tel : 07798 758711 'Visitors enjoy the Mummers play at the Oakes Barn pub in Bury St Edmunds put on to celebrate the pubs 1st birthday. ANL-141123-201701009

Pic - Rich Marsham - RMG Photography - Tel : 07798 758711 'Visitors enjoy the Mummers play at the Oakes Barn pub in Bury St Edmunds put on to celebrate the pubs 1st birthday. ANL-141123-201701009

Named after 18th century diarist, businessman and banker, James Oakes, the pub and the Bury Folk Collective which meets there, staged a series of events including mummers’ plays to celebrate St Edmund.

The £695 raised will go to The Bungalow, Help for Heroes, St Nicholas Hospice Care and Marie Curie.

The pub has an upstairs room which is used for community meetings such as a crochet circle, book circle, conversational Spanish and French as well as birthday parties and meetings.

Heather said: “Susan and I had a joint vision to be ‘community spirited’ and to embrace the historical links of Bury St Edmunds. We have a simple place with simple values, hoping that those who come to Oakes Barn enjoy themselves, want to return and recommend us to their friend.

“We’ve had a fantastic year, far better than Susan and I could have ever imagined. We put our success down to hard work, a wonderful set of staff who bring a wide array of talents to Oakes Barn and a great customer base.”

And the icing on the cake is the news that the pub has been named West Suffolk Camra Pub of the Month.