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Church opens pop-up pub for Christmas

Sun 09 Dec 2018
By Cara Bentley

St Boniface in Woodgreen village are stepping in to provide drinks for the village while the local pub is closed. 

The small church in Fordingbridge, near Salisbury meet every other week and are a part of the Diocese of Winchester 

They write in their church newsletter, in between information about a choral concert and a fairtrade coffee morning that: "While Woodgreen’s village pub is closed, St Boniface church opposite is popping-up to refresh the community, not just spiritually but with festive tipples sourced from local suppliers."

"Supported by their fantastic village shop and local breweries, the church is offering a licensed social space for locals to raise a glass together."

The pop-up pub will be called 'Room at the Inn' and will be open on the two lots Friday and Saturday evenings in the run up to Christmas, as well as Christmas Day 12-2pm. 

The Horse and Groom pub opposite the church is currently being sold by its owners but locals are putting together a bid to buy it for the community.

St Boniface Church is part of the wider Avon Valley partnership of seven churches in the area. 

Assistant Curate at Avon Valley Partnership Nicky Davies told local radio station Spire FM: "I am delighted that St Boniface Church in Woodgreen, full of our community Christmas trees, is able to host a pop-up pub! We are aware that our community have been lacking a social place to gather during the closure of our village pub The Horse and Groom. "

"Some people may think it is unusual for a church to become a pub but just think of the tradition of the monks brewing beer in medieval times. And at the heart of Christianity is the tradition of sharing bread and wine together."

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