CAMRA award recognises Bury St Edmunds pub’s community spirit

Susan Wilde and Heather Warren
Susan Wilde and Heather Warren
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A pub in Bury St Edmunds has been recognised for its part in bringing people in the community together.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has awarded Oakes Barn, in St Andrew’s Street South, the accolade of West Suffolk community pub of the year.

The pub regularly hosts 10 community groups including conversational Spanish and French, book club, folk club, acoustic guitar, a birthing group for mums-to-be, knitting club, Age UK Suffolk’s Blokes at the Oakes social group and a crochet club.

Heather Warren, who opened the venue with business partner Susan Wilde in November 2013, said: “We both wanted it to be a community pub where like-minded people could meet and get together.”

Of winning the award, she said: “It’s wonderful, we’re really pleased.”

A presentation night will be held next month, with all the relevant community groups invited to attend.

“We provide the space but there are lots of people giving their time free of charge - they’ve brought people together who want to share certain hobbies,” said Mrs Warren.

She added that this is the first year CAMRA has awarded this particular accolade.