PHOTO GALLERY: Community pub pulls pints and punters

Morris dancers, music and a massive lunch, as well as 14 beers and three ciders, made for much merriment at the Heneage Arms beer festival.

The festival started on Friday and concluded on Sunday with the nationwide Big Lunch community event.

Heneage Arms Beer Festival EMN-140306-122002001

Heneage Arms Beer Festival EMN-140306-122002001

“The reason for us putting on the beer festival was to promote real ales and enable people to try something new with the recent increase in popularity of real ale,” 
said pub landlord Simon Hickson, adding there was a focus on Lincolnshire and local beers.

“The weekend was very well attended with numbers throughout the weekend being above expectations.”

“There were performances by a local group of 
friends that played acoustic folk, The Grimsby Morris Men, Masters of Soul, 
60 Something, The Midnight Ramblers and The Tailfins.”

The BBQ, run by Wayne Radley and Sue heron, raised £225, which will be split between Clic Sargennt, a charity for young people with cancer; and the community-run Lincoln City Radio, of which Wayne is presenter.

The raffle raised £250 for St Mary’s Church and a further £75 was raised for LIVES with the Pig Skittles.

The Heneage Arms became a community pub two years ago when it was under the threat of closure, but the community took it over with the support of the former landlord and the Heneage Family.

Since then, the volunteer-run pub has built up a good reputation for food, with its Grimsby fish and chips a speciality, good beer and service, earning high ratings on the Trip Advisor website.

But Simon says the Heneage Arms is always looking for more volunteers to boost their numbers.