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News from the George and Dragon Pub

2012 turned out to be a difficult year for us. Like many rural Pubs we have felt the strain of ever increasing costs and lowering support from both the local community and further afield.

Rural Pubs still continue to close at an alarming rate throughout the country as they fail to balance these diverging trends. Fortunately for The George & Dragon, financial support from its sister Pub The Railway in Wymondham has helped keep our heads above water; however, to survive, The George must now be able to stand on its own two feet. We have tried to involve the community with new events, like our monthly Craft and Produce market in the Barn on the first Saturday of the Month (contact Vicky on 01508 480242 if you would like a stall), or our Monthly Curry Night on the first Tuesday of the Month, our next Curry Night is Tuesday 5th February with great curries at just £5.99, whilst our weekly Pub Quiz has been running for some while. Our Christmas Menu was exceptional value and received great praise from those who booked and dined, sadly we hoped for more support than we received and overall Christmas was disappointing.

Rural and village Pubs are businesses and not charities, and as such must make profits to survive and in the absence of a more broad-based support and to counteract these rising costs we have decided to close on Mondays starting from Monday 21st January 2013. Our quiz night will move to Tuesday nights, our first Tuesday quiz being on Tuesday 22nd January. Also closing apart from its regular Thursday Pool night is the Dragon Bar in the Barn, but that does have a positive side in that the function room is now fully available seven days a week for booking whether it be a private party or a corporate event. We hope this is as far as we need to go, but we do rely on everyone’s support to make the George and Dragon survive, it would be a tragedy if such lack of support led to the Pubs closure. We are very grateful to those in the village who have supported us throughout the year it’s just so sad that your enthusiasm and support is such a small percentage of the village population.

So, if you haven’t been down to the The George recently, why not pop in and have a look in at The Craft and Produce Market and maybe visit the Pub at the same time? Have a look at our website and see what we have got planned and then try and get involved - it’s important that the George survives, after all it’s the only ‘centre’ of the village that we have left.

Thinking positively though and looking ahead, we have planned a Chinese week to help celebrate the Chinese New Year, we’ll be offering some specially themed Chinese Meals between the 5th and 10th February. Valentines night is also approaching and we have a great Menu deal on offer for this romantic night. Also on the horizon is another of our fascinating Psychic Supper nights, and also coming soon will be a monthly Sunday Car Boot Sale. We need Thurtons support and involvement, if you have any suggestions please feel free to e-mail Vicky or if you want to pass comments or suggestions to the owners they would welcome such dialogue at the Railway Pub.

St Ethelbert's Church Renovated

2011 turned out to be quite a year for Thurton Church, not least because of all the work on the building.

First of all a section of the ceiling fell down at the west end of the church: this was expertly repaired by Mark Buckland. Then the south window nearest the main door which had been deteriorating for some time, was removed for several weeks while it was repaired. Finally the church had to be shut for a number of weeks while it was completely redecorated throughout. Everything was back in place and shipshape again in time for the Christmas carol-cum-toy service at the beginning of December, and the biggest Christingle congregation ever on Christmas Eve.

We are very grateful to the Friends of Thurton Church whose unceasing efforts raise enough funds to allow such repairs to be undertaken. Care for the fabric of the church is a never ending task - there is always some project in hand. If you care for your local church, why not consider joining the Friends (contact Lynton on 480629). The church is always open: join us for Sunday services (see Eleven Says for details) or for a short form of Morning Prayer at 9 am on Wednesdays. Or come any time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the renovated building.

Thurton Parish Plan

If you have recently moved to Thurton, here is a copy of Thurton Parish Plan (2006). You can also email us.



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